Winners of the inaugural UK Employee Experience Awards have been announced during a celebratory lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London on Friday 27 March.

The awards have been introduces to recognise and celebrate organisations and their employee-focused initiatives and strategies that have had a positive impact on the organisation, whilst being able to demonstrate the return on investment.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges made up of industry practitioners. During the morning, finalists in each of the categories presented their entries to the judges. Winners were then announced during a celebratory lunch in the afternoon.

The overall winner of the UK Employee Experience Awards was Nationwide Building Society for their entry into the learning and development category, but there were eleven different awards handed out in total specific to sector or HR discipline, with the next best in each category also recognised with a silver award.

The UK Employee Experience Awards are owned by Awards International and run in partnership with Customer Experience Magazine, Spectrum Insight and Cranfield University School of Management, with Barnardo’s as the charity partner.

In congratulating the finalists and winners, Neil Skehel, Managing Director of Awards International, said: “We are truly inspired by all the best practice showcased at this years’ UK Employee Experience Awards. We have seen some outstanding examples from companies who have embraced employee experience and as a result have reaped the benefits in terms of business growth and customer engagement. Today gave us the opportunity to acknowledge those companies and celebrate with both the finalists and the winners.”

Below is a full list of the winners…

Sector Specific:
Automotive, Transport, & Technology: Winner: DPD UK. Silver: Rackspace
Contact Centres: Winner: BT. Silver: Webhelp UK
Financial Services: Winner: LV=. Silver: Virgin Money

Discipline Specific:
Business Change or Transformation: Winner: Rackspace. Silver: University of Leeds
Delivering Customer Experience: Winner: Virgin Money. Silver: University of Leeds
Employee Engagement – Delivering Cultural Change: Winner: Home Group. Silver: CrossCountry
Employee Engagement – People at the heart: Winner: Northern Gas Networks. Silver: LV=
Employee Insight & Feedback: Winner: Northern Gas Networks. Silver: BT
Learning & Development: Winner: Nationwide Building Society. Silver: Surrey County Council
Talent Management & Development: Winner: Scottish Water. Silver: Webhelp UK
Youth Employment: Winner: DFS Trading Limited. Silver: Home Group

For People:
Inspirational Leader or Manager: Winner: Mark Horsley, Northern Gas Networks. Silver: Garry Kirkwood, Scottish Water
Team: Focussed on Delivery: Winner: Capita. Silver: Home Retail Group
Team: Leading the Way: Winner: Rackspace. Silver: Geeks Ltd