Brian Woodhead, former Customer Services Director, London Underground Ben Renshaw, Leadership Consultant Jess Fraser, Arup Kathryn de Kort, Arup The presentation began with a rather disconcerting but powerful reflection on the mindsets of the presenters: they were each asked to indicate what kind of day…
“Celebrating Excellence in Business Psychology”
The ABP Workforce Experience Awards have become instrumental in supporting the Association’s ambition to “champion business psychology to achieve effective and sustainable performance for organisations and people at work.”
The ABP is known for open collaboration amongst members who share best practice and the Awards have built on this tradition to serve the purpose of recording dozens of accounts of best practice which are now available to all.
Coming back for more
In our second year we had 80 entries across all categories. As with last year, the entries came from both large and small organisations, psychologists and non-psychologists, companies entering directly and with consultants/independent practitioners and partners.
The entrants included for example Arup, Capita, Civil Service Fast Stream, GSK, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC, Regus, RSA and a selection of last year’s finalists and winners have returned including Apter, IBM, Lumina, Persona, PMSL, iOpener Institute and YSC. We also have a few new consultancies in the mix, like A&DC, Cubiks, Embrion and Sten 10.
Reflecting on the Programme’s success last year and now entering the second year, Clodagh O’Reilly, current Chair of the ABP and founder of the Awards programme commented:
“Business psychology interventions only truly represent best practice when psychology is applied alongside sound commercial thinking in complimentary action to ensure measurable returns.
To be considered as finalists, Entrants must show an application of business psychology concepts or models, professional standards in stakeholder and project management and an insight into the organisation they’re working in.
For some this may seem aspirational; not all interventions get this right every time, but across the selection of case studies entered we find irrefutable proof that this is possible, it can be done and, in the best cases, like in the winners’ stories, it can be done to tremendous effect!”
Delivering excellent workforce experiences
The Awards programme, inaugurated in 2014, resulted in the publication of the book “Delivering Excellent Workforce Experiences” (available for download on Amazon), which features over 40 case studies collected from Awards submissions.
The book includes examples of interventions with individuals, leaders and groups, related to engagement, diversity, assessment, change, training and much more. The organisations featured are large and small, from teams of two to global corporates like Unilever, Diageo and Barclays. This is good news for our members and our industry; these case studies demonstrate the commercial and practical value of Business Psychology to organisations and the wide range of impact business psychology practitioners can have!
One reviewer wrote, “I found this book really inspiring. Seeing how people in the Business Psychology space have helped their clients to overcome challenges, find solutions to their problems and achieve tangible business benefits made for an interesting, educational and uplifting read.”
Another reported: “This is a really great overview of real projects happening in the world of Business Psychology at the moment. There really is no other resource which provides such a structured summary of what’s really going on out there. I love how it is structured, with an overview, the challenge, the approach and the outcome for each project. It shows how we as professionals can improve our quality and standards if we adopt an end-to-end approach to business psychology.”
The Convening Judge, Dr Nigel Guenole, commented that he was very impressed by “the breadth and quality of entries… The entries included very innovative applications of business psychology theory and principles, the approaches described by entrants ranged beyond ‘traditional’ applications of psychology to the workplace and showed effectiveness evaluated to a very high standard. This is very encouraging for the Association and for business psychology in the United Kingdom.”
Find out more
Find out more and register for the 2015 Awards Conference and evening event, taking place on Tuesday 12th May in London:
The ABP welcomes as members Psychologists, students and other business people who apply, or are interested in, Business Psychology. You can apply to join at any time.