Employee Benefits Award 2011 winners

The 2011 Employee Benefits Awards took place at the HAC in London on 9 June. Hosted by Stephen Mangan on behalf of Employee Benefits magazine and celebrating the best in benefits, just 21 winners were selected from a massive list of over 100 finalists. This year the awards attracted over 170 entries from across the United Kingdom.

Full details of why each winner won, and why the runners up made the shortlist are available here.

Most effective benefits strategy in a public sector organisation
Winner: University of Lincoln – UOL Total Reward
Runners up
Bradford and Airedale Health Authorities – Childcare Support Service
Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service, entered by Edenred
National Health Service England and Wales – NHS Pension Scheme, entered by Hymans Robertson

Most effective healthcare and wellbeing strategy for organisations with fewer than 1,000 staff (Sponsored by Westfield Health)
Winner: CA Technologies – Balance Your Life
Runners up
Browne Jacobson – Health, Wellbeing and Benefits Fairs
PX Group
Towry – A Wealth of Health and Wellbeing, entered by Axa Icas

Most effective healthcare and wellbeing strategy for organisations with more than 1,000 staff (Sponsored by Westfield Health)
Winner: American Express Services Europe – Healthy Living Strategy & Programme
Runners up
BGL Group – my wellbeing
East Lothian Council – Fit for Life
Linklaters – Health and Wellbeing
Quintiles – Healthy U Healthy Q
Telegraph Media Group – Telegraph Media Group Health and Wellbeing Strategy, entered by PMI Health Group

Most effective travel strategy for business and perk car drivers (Sponsored by LeasePlan)
Winner: Interserve Project Services – Fleet Carbon Reduction Scheme, entered by The Miles Consultancy
Runners up
Bombardier Transportation UK – Bombardier Preference Salary Sacrifice 4 Cars, entered by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Cable&Wireless Worldwide – iDrive
CSC Computer Sciences – My Car Choices, entered by Lex Autolease
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Green Cars in Benefits Plus, entered by Aon Hewitt

Most effective pensions strategy (Sponsored by HSBC Workplace Retirement Services)
Winner: Institution of Civil Engineers, entered by Secondsight
Runners up
Capital One, entered by Secondsight
Ernst & Young – Ernst & Young Retirement Benefits Plan
Northern Rock – Your Money, Your Future – Getting started in the new Northern Rock 2011 Pension Scheme
Oracle – [email protected], entered by Secondsight
Pret A Manger – Pret’s Group Pension, entered by Bluefin

Most effective all-employee share scheme strategy
Winner:
Marks & Spencer – Sharesave 2010, entered by Equiniti
Runners up
Asda – Sharesave, entered by Computershare
Cable&Wireless Worldwide – Cable&Wireless Worldwide Share Purchase Plan
TalkTalk Telecom Group – Sharesave, entered by Equiniti
Veolia Environnement UK – Veolia Environnement Share Incentive Plan (VE SIP) 2010, entered by Equiniti

Most effective use of a voluntary benefits plan
Winner: Cancer Research UK – CR-UK Rewards
Highly commended: Zurich – Zurich OfferZ
Runners up
BskyB – Sky Benefits Extra, entered by Asperity Employee Benefits
DB Schenker – DB Schenker Family Rewards, entered by Asperity Employee Benefits
McDonald’s Restaurants – Employee Discounts
Nationwide Building Society – Fruitful ‘youchoose’ 2011 Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Most effective benefits strategy for working parents and/or carers
(
Sponsored by Co-operative Employee Benefits)
Winner: University of Lincoln – UOL Total Reward and Wellbeing
Runners up
Bradford and Airedale Health Authorities – Childcare Support Service
Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service, entered by Edenred
Procter & Gamble – Vibrant Living (P&G Work / Life Effectiveness programme) – Dad’s Network, entered by My Family Care
Workplace Options

Most effective sickness absence management strategy (Sponsored by National Friendly)
Winner: Cisco – [email protected], entered by Thomsons Online Benefits
Runners up
Browne Jacobson – Approach to Wellbeing
Carlsberg UK – Your Carlsberg, entered by Buck Consultants
East Sussex County Council – Attendance Management with FirstCare Day One Absence Management, entered by FirstCare
Fasset – Introduction of New Absence Policy
University Of Lincoln – The AMS Project

Most effective reward or benefits strategy for staff based outside the UK (Sponsored by FEM)
Winner: Quintiles – EMEA Total Reward Statements, entered by Edenred
Runners up
Towers Watson – My Cafe
Universal Music Group – Universal Music Global Consolidation and Benefits Review, entered by Bluefin

Most effective use of financial education in the workplace (Sponsored by Wealth At Work)
Winner: E.On – Making the Most of your Money
Runners up
CSC, entered by Aon Hewitt and Scottish Widows
Marks & Spencer – Planning your future
Oracle – [email protected], entered by Secondsight
Siemens – Siemens Benefits Scheme, entered by Towers Watson

Most effective benefits communications strategy for employers with fewer than 5,000 UK staff
Winner: Sage – Select, entered by Thomsons Online Benefits
Highly commended: B. Braun Medical – Essence
Runners up
Dunnhumby, entered by Bluefin
Moneysupermarket.com Group – ichoose, entered by Lorica Employee Benefits
Southco – Southco Benefits Scheme, entered by BHSF
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation – Advantage, entered by Vebnet
Vinci Construction UK – Options, entered by Personal Group

Most effective benefits communications strategy for employers with more than 5,000 UK staff
Winner: Siemens – Siemens Benefits Scheme, entered by Towers Watson
Runners up
E.On – My Choice, entered by Benefex
FirstGroup – My Rewards Communications Strategy
HSBC Bank – My Choice 2011
Marks & Spencer – Sharesave 2010, entered by Equiniti
Punch Taverns – The Benefits Bar, entered by Vebnet

Most effective total reward strategy
Winner: RS Components – My Reward
Runners up
The City & Guilds of London Institute – Imagine, entered by Thomsons Online Benefits
Towry – Total Reward
Zurich

Most effective use of a flexible benefits plan (Sponsored by Mercer)
Winner: Cisco – [email protected], entered by Thomsons Online Benefits
Runners up
BNP Paribas – Spectrum, entered by Towers Watson
Boehringer-Ingelheim, entered by Edenred
Lloyds Banking Group – Flex 2011
Punch Taverns – The Benefits Bar, entered by Vebnet
Three – Just Rewards, entered by Bluefin
Vinci Construction UK – Options, entered by Personal Group

Most effective motivation or incentive strategy (Sponsored by Edenred)
Winner: The Pensions Trust – The Pensions Trust’s Rewards and Benefits Programme
Highly commended: Volvo – The Hub, entered by P&MM
Runners up
British Gas – Same Day Spin
DHL – I’m First Choice, entered by Edenred
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, London – Shining Stars
Ladbrokes – Bet-astic
Nationwide Building Society – Recognising the Difference

Most effective benefits strategy for organisations with fewer than 1,000 UK staff (Sponsored by Benefex)
Winner: The City & Guilds of London Institute – Imagine, entered by Thomsons Online Benefits
Highly commended: The Pensions Trust – The Pensions Trust’s Rewards and Benefits Programme
Runners up
Incisive Media – YOUCHOOSE
LeasePlan UK – SelectBenefits, entered by Lorica Employee Benefits
NYSE Euronext – iChoose, entered by Helm Godfrey

Universal Music Group, entered by Bluefin

Most effective benefits strategy for organisations with more than 1,000 UK staff (Sponsored by JLT Benefit Solutions)
Winner: FirstGroup – My Rewards
Runners up
BNP Paribas – Spectrum, entered by Towers Watson
Quintiles – Total Rewards Review/QChoices Implementation, entered by Edenred
Three – Just Rewards, entered by Bluefin
Vinci Construction UK – Vinci Construction UK Employee Benefits, entered by Personal Group

Benefits team of the year (Sponsored by Personal Group)
Winner: Amey, nominated by Aon Hewitt
Highly commended: FirstGroup – First’s Reward & Pensions Team, nominated by Penkom
Runners up
Capital One – Capital One Human Resource Team, nominated by Secondsight
LeasePlan UK – SelectBenefits HR Team, nominated by Lorica Employee Benefits
The City & Guilds of London Institute – Imagine, nominated by Thomsons Online Benefits
Zurich – ZPen

Employee benefits professional of the year (Sponsored by Bluefin)
Winner: John Chilman, Group Reward & Pensions Director, FirstGroup
Runner up: Ricky D’Ash, Compensation & Benefits Manager, Equity Insurance Group

Grand Prix (Sponsored by Towers Watson)
Winner: E.On – Making the Most of your Money

Congratulations to all our winners, those who were highly commended as well as everyone who made it as a runner up!