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Award Categories

All you need to know about the This Can Happen Awards 2023 categories
 

Our 2023 Awards are now open!

The awards are open to all workplaces and individuals who champion mental wellbeing and celebrate workplaces and individuals, who have shown excellence in their approach towards positive mental wellbeing for their employees and colleagues. We welcome submissions from all types of workplaces, whether large or small, commercial or not-for-profit, from every type of industry and any country.

We encourage entries that outline successful strategies and campaigns that have been implemented, and which show workplaces can drive positive solutions and outcomes. There is no restriction as to how many categories you can enter, so long as the categories are relevant to the entry. 

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The Strategy Awards

1. Best Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: Large Company

Category description

This award recognises workplaces with over 750 employees that have implemented an exceptional strategy to strengthen mental wellbeing in the workplace. Entries should consider:

  • How strategies are implemented from top to bottom.
  • Successfully breaking stigma around mental wellbeing with executive buy-in, resulting in company-wide cultural change.
  • Delivery of measurable improvement and success.

Entrants should demonstrate an inclusive, preventive and supportive approach to mental wellbeing. This could showcase how considerations around mental wellbeing are reflected in a strategic approach and wider policies and systems that flex to the needs of all employees, for example, recognising that good mental wellbeing cannot be taken for granted, by encouraging reasonable adjustments and flexible working.

2. Best Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: SME

Category description

This award recognises workplaces with fewer than 750 employees that have implemented an exceptional strategy to strengthen mental wellbeing in the workplace. Entries should consider:

  • How strategies are implemented from top to bottom. 
  • Successfully breaking stigma around mental wellbeing with executive buy-in, resulting in company-wide cultural change.
  • Delivery of measurable improvement and success.

Entrants should demonstrate an inclusive, preventive and supportive approach to mental wellbeing. This could showcase how considerations around mental wellbeing are reflected in a strategic approach and wider policies and systems that flex to the needs of all employees, for example, recognising that good mental wellbeing cannot be taken for granted, by encouraging reasonable adjustments and flexible working.

3. Best Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: Multinational Implementation

Category description

This award recognises workplaces that have successfully implemented a strategy to strengthen mental wellbeing in their workplaces in two or more countries. Entries should consider:

  • Recognising local and cultural differences in the implementation yet achieving a holistic approach throughout the different countries.
  • How strategies are implemented at all employee levels. 
  • Successfully breaking stigma around mental wellbeing with senior buy-in, resulting in company-wide cultural change.
  • Delivery of measurable improvement and success.

Entrants should demonstrate an inclusive, preventive, and supportive approach to mental wellbeing.

4. Best New Workplace Approach to Mental Wellbeing 

Category description

This award will be given to a workplace that has recently recognised explicitly the importance of addressing mental wellbeing, and within the past 18 months has taken first steps to change the culture via a holistic and focused approach to maintaining and improving the mental wellbeing of all employees. 

Due to the limited timeframe companies at this stage of their mental wellbeing journey have had to see the benefits of this work emerge. Judges will not focus solely on outcomes but will consider the impetus and process behind the initiative and the action plan to deliver it.

The Engagement Awards

NEW -  5. Best Idea to Engage Colleagues 

Category description

This award recognises those workplaces that have developed simple, creative ways to engage colleagues and their mental wellbeing. Judges will be looking for a clear outline of the engaging idea and an example of its effectiveness.

6.​ Best Targeted Mental Wellbeing Initiative 

Category description

This category celebrates mental wellbeing campaigns and initiatives that workforces have implemented for either (a) a specific group of employees, or (b) a specialist initiative to solve a particular workplace challenge – for example, men and mental health, addiction at work, menopause or stress. Entries should clearly outline the target group or issue addressed and demonstrate how the initiative improved the situation for the target group or solved the challenge.

The Culture Awards 

NEW - 7. Most Successful Culture Change in the Workplace 

Category description

This award recognises an organisation that can demonstrate a culture shift amongst their staff creating an open and positive mental wellbeing environment. Judges will be looking for evidence of transformation and the effect it had.

NEW -  8. Best Mental Wellbeing Response to Hybrid/Agile Working

Category description

This award recognises companies that have supported the mental wellbeing of their colleagues whilst making the cultural shift to the hybrid/agile working environment. Entrants should demonstrate how they have supported colleagues and created a sense of belonging.

The Internal Support Awards 

NEW - 9. Best Employee Network/Resource Group

Category description

This category looks to identify networks that can demonstrate how they have been instrumental in supporting colleagues with their mental wellbeing in the workplace and give examples of how their network has been a success. This includes wellbeing, parenting, LGBTQIA+ and faith networks.

NEW - 10. Mental Health/Wellbeing Team of the Year

Category description

This award is aimed at motivating and celebrating those teams who have had a positive impact across their workplace. Whether a large or small team from HR, DEI, Rewards, EAP or wellbeing itself. Entrants should demonstrate that they have been crucial in driving the implementation of mental wellbeing initiatives and strategies as well as delivering measurable results for their workplace.

The Mental Wellbeing Solutions

NEW - 11. Best Product or Technology Solutions 

Category description

This category recognises the use of a product or technology which assists organisations with their workplace mental wellbeing programmes. Entries should be submitted in the form of two case studies and demonstrate how the solution is supporting mental wellbeing in the client organisation(s), including the results and impact it achieved. Products or technology could include but are not limited to physical products, courses and technological products such as apps or Employee Assistant Programmes. Approved client testimonials will be required for this category.

12. ​Best Mental Health Consultancy Award

Category description

This category recognises consultants, trainers, or agencies that can demonstrate that their work with their client(s) has delivered a successful and implementable strategy. Judges will be looking for tailored strategies, evidence-based action plans and the delivery of measurable improvement and success.

Entries should be submitted in the form of two case studies, and client testimonials will be required for this category.

The Inspiration Awards 

NEW - 13. Most Inspiring Mental Wellbeing Champion/Ally

Category description

This award allows companies to recognise an outstanding Champion or Ally who has shown dedication in supporting their colleagues. Nominated by their colleagues or themselves, this individual will have demonstrated their ability to truly go above and beyond to ensure that their colleagues are supported.

14. Most Inspiring Senior Leader 

Category description

This category recognises those C-Suite / Senior Executives / Directors who have truly led from the front to banish stigma around mental wellbeing, and who have gone above and beyond their day job to advance the mental wellbeing in the workplace agenda within their organisation to ensure colleagues are appropriately supported by their employer. Entrants are nominated by themselves or their company.

NEW - 15. Most Inspiring Mental Wellbeing Lead

Category description

This category recognises an inspirational mental wellbeing leader who has truly led from the front. Entries are open to any leader regardless of where they sit or their role within the organisation. For example, HR, DEI, Wellbeing, Rewards, EAP, Occupational Health or from an area that is responsible for mental wellbeing. This inspirational leader has worked hard to banish stigma around mental wellbeing, and they have actively campaigned to ensure colleagues are appropriately supported. Entrants can be submitted by colleagues or themselves.

NEW - 16. Most Inspiring Unsung Hero

Category description

This category recognises those who haven’t received the recognition they truly deserve for their hard work, commitment, and support. This person may have just started their journey, been a mental wellbeing ally for years or they could be someone who isn’t usually associated with this realm but have demonstrated themselves as a huge support to someone else. Entrants are nominated by their organisation.

NEW - 17. The Storyteller Award 

Category description

This category recognises an inspiring storyteller who through sharing their experiences, they have created positive change within their workplace, industry, or community. The judges will be looking for evidence of raising awareness, campaign creation and reducing stigma associated with mental wellbeing. Entrants can be nominated by their organisations or themselves.

Recognition for Excellence and Outstanding Engagement (non-entering)

These two categories are non-entering. The winners will be chosen by the judges’ panel and the founders of This Can Happen.

18.​ This Can Happen Grand Prix Winner 2023

This award is given to the most outstanding award entry, chosen by our panel of esteemed judges.

19. ​Founders' Choice Award: Outstanding Service to Mental Wellbeing

This discretionary award is given to an individual or organisation that the Founders of This Can Happen feel deserves recognition for their work in promoting excellence in mental wellbeing.

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I left with renewed energy, practical solutions and confident with the knowledge that having a Wellbeing Strategy should happen, must happen, can happen! Looking forward to 2020 already!

Karen Greville-Woods, Office Manager, Withers & Rogers Group LLP

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