Human resources professionals are often the unsung heroes of an organization. They work to find new talent and keep existing workers happy. They tackle benefits questions, office strife and countless other issues that crop up on a day-to-day basis.
These days, HR staffers have risen to new levels of responsibility. They work on organizational goals and alignment, promote wellness and workplace development and occupy a seat at the decision-making table.
For the first time, Columbus C.E.O. magazine sought to recognize Central Ohio’s best and brightest HR professionals as well as the organizations that are setting trends and establishing best practices. The result is the HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources.
We sought nominations from readers earlier this year in six categories: Executive of the Year, Best Practices, Cutting Edge, Lifetime Achievement, Good Works and Future Leaders. Some awards are based on the size of the organization where the individual works: large (more than 2,000 employees), midsize (500 to 2,000 employees) and small (fewer than 500 employees). Organizations could be public, private or nonprofit.
Nominations were compiled and sent to a four-person independent selection committee. Each member reviewed the nominations and chose a winner and, where applicable, finalist in each category.
Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Aug. 2 reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.