SIOP and SHRM Announce New Award to Honor Successful Evidence-Based HR Practices
By Stephany Schings Below, Communications Manager
SIOP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), together with the SIOP and SHRM foundations, are breaking ground to honor the most innovative and effective human resources management practices from around the world.
On March 1 the four organizations launched the HRM Impact Award, an international award to honor organizations with outstanding evidence-based HR management practices. The competition will select winners based on HR practices and initiatives that have been measured and determined successful through evidence-based, data-driven analyses.
Award submissions are now being accepted on the HRM Impact Award website, www.hrmimpactawards.org. Any for-profit, not-for-profit, or government organization located anywhere in the world may apply for award recognition of an evidence-based initiative or practice used internally to that organization. Consulting firms are encouraged to have their clients submit an application that highlights a practice developed by the consulting firm and used in the client organization. Membership in SHRM and/or SIOP is not required to submit, and all eligibility and submission criteria can be found on the HRM website. Submissions will be received through July 1, 2013.
SHRM and SIOP, together with their foundations, will present one or more HRM Impact awards each year. Winning organizations will benefit in numerous ways, explained Milt Hakel, current Foundation Board president and Executive Board member.
“For organizations who win this award, I think it is the opportunity to establish themselves in a leadership position in their industry or sector of the economy,” he said. “I think it’s also a great opportunity for them to attract and retain top talent. People want to work for organizations known for having the best HR management practices.”
In addition, the winner of the HRM Impact award will receive a plaque presented at a SHRM or SIOP event and be featured in press releases and news articles highlighting their organizations and winning practices or initiatives.
Hakel serves on the HRM Impact Award Task Force, along with David Baker, Joan Brannick, Robert Carr, Adrienne Colella, Leaetta Hough, Howard Klein, Rich Klimoski, Gary Latham, Beth McFarland, Jeff Pon, Mark Schmit, and Howard Winkler. The group worked with all four organizations to produce a memorandum of understanding that officially created the award last fall.
“Evidence-based management is a pillar of I-O science and practice, and I-O psychologists have long been concerned with effective and innovative human resource management practices,” said SIOP President Doug Reynolds about the launch of the award this month. “We are very pleased to be partnering with SHRM and the SHRM Foundation on the HRM Impact Award to honor and promote the HR initiatives that make organizations more efficient and better places to work.”
SHRM has also shown its excitement to be involved with the award.
“SHRM and the SHRM Foundation are proud to join with SIOP and the SIOP Foundation in honoring organizations that assess the efficiency and effectiveness of their HR practices using evidence-based measurement and management,” said SHRM President and CEO Henry Jackson in a press release about the award. “The HRM Impact Award supports SHRM’s longstanding efforts to ensure HR professionals use workforce analytics to drive organizational success.”
The idea for the award came from Howard Klein, a longtime member of SHRM and past president of the SHRM Foundation, Hakel said.
“Howard was at the SIOP conference 2 years ago, and as he sat in the Thursday morning plenary, he came up with the idea for this award and thought that is would be natural for SIOP and SHRM to get together and do it,” he explained. “He talked with Wayne Cascio, Gary Latham, and Rich Klimoski, and by the end of the summer Gary Latham emailed him with the kernel of the idea and said ‘This is a no brainer. This is something SIOP and SHRM should really get together and do.’ So I talked to the Executive Board about it and the Foundation board, and everyone thought it was a good idea, and it only took 2 years to do it! Lots of things fell together the right way.”
Cascio has since been selected as the first HRM Impact Awards Committee Chair. Hakel said he hopes the award will encourage effective, evidence-based HR management practices around the world.
“My hope is that by creating this award program we will have a major, direct, and visible impact on the quality of human resource management practices and that many more organizations will adopt and implement effective evidence-based practices,” he explained. “There’s enough bad practice going on inadvertently. Human resources are the most precious asset of any organization, and there is far too much mismanagement and doing things a certain way simply because we’ve always done it that way instead of thinking about how to improve the practices. We hope this will have a very positive effect on organizational practices generally and worldwide, not just in the U.S.”
The partnership between the four organizations should benefit everyone involved, Hakel noted.
“For SIOP, it is beneficial having SHRM as a partner because the sizes of the two organizations are so vastly different,” he explained. “We are very small and very specialized; they are very large and general. We are the specialists with respect to conducting the research and development, and they are a primary consumer of what we develop. This close linkage will give SIOP a much better opportunity to influence practice and it will give SHRM a much clearer indication of what practices are effective.”
Hakel said he and the award task force are looking forward to reading about the HR initiatives that are submitted.
“The great mystery of how many submissions we are going to have is intriguing,” he said. “We know that there are many, many worthy initiatives and projects out there, and so we are really curious to see what kind of response the award call will bring. I hope it brings in hundreds—and we’ll see. It’s really exciting to get the chance to find out.”