Employee Benefits Awards 2013: Meet the winners

On Friday 7 June 2013 the employee benefits industry celebrated with the best in the business at the 11th annual Employee Benefits Awards and summer party at The Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.

Click on links below to find out more about the winners:

Grand Prix (sponsored by Mercer Marsh Benefits)

Employee benefits professional of the year

Benefits team of the year (sponsored by Tusker)

Best car and travel benefits

Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits (sponsored Westfield Health)

Best stress management scheme

Best pensions change

Best pensions communications

Best DC pension default investments

Best workplace savings benefits (sponsored by Wealth at Work)

Most motivational benefits (sponsored by Edenred)

Best flexible benefits plan – large employer

Best flexible benefits plan – small employer

Best voluntary benefits plan

Best employee share schemes

Best international benefits

Best benefits communications – small employer

Best benefits communications – large employer

Best work-life balance strategy (sponsored by Bright Horizons Family Solutions)

Best total reward strategy (sponsored by Aon Hewitt)

Best total reward statements

Best reward strategy aligned to business strategy

Most engaging benefits package (sponsored by Personal Management Solutions)


Editor’s comment:

This lunchtime summer party was hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, who handed out 23 awards. This was followed by an afternoon of networking, relaxing and making the most of the funfair.

At our judging this year, we detected a slight change of gear in a number of category entries. We saw several truly innovative ideas come through, with several entries demonstrating creativity and bravery by doing something no one else had done before.

On the other hand, there were a number of winning entries where employers did not introduce anything new, but rather put all their efforts into engaging staff in what was already on offer.

Here we saw numerous clever, cutting-edge communication ideas.

For all their hard work and integrity in the process, I would like to thank our 30 highly esteemed judges. After days of reading through a vast number of entries, we gathered six different judging panels into various rooms over two days to delve into the what, why, how and wherefore of each entry.

Being a finalist is a huge achievement. The quality of the vast majority of entries was extremely high and in some heavily-entered categories we had to reject some excellent entries in order to whittle our way down to a manageable shortlist.

You will be able to spot the occasions when we had long discussions; that is where we have also awarded a Highly Commended award to acknowledge a close-run race to the top spot.

Congratulations to all our winners and highly commendeds.

Debi O’Donovan

Editor, Employee Benefits

Awards attendees’ comments:

“Congratulations on such a great event on Friday. We are delighted to be part of the event as one of your key sponsors, and look forward to joining you again next year. A big congratulations to you and your team for putting on such a super event.” – David Walker, commercial director, The Personal Group

“Many congratulations to Janine Sparks, winner of ‘Benefits professional of the year’ yesterday. A worthy winner. And also to the EB team for another great event.” – Chris Coyne, group head of reward, City and Guilds