What would you do without HR? Human resources professionals make sure you have the right people, processes and technologies in place to deliver and measure business results.

Show your appreciation by nominating them for one or more of Columbus CEO's six categories of human resources awards.

Among the ever-evolving ways that good HR makes your business run better:

Aligning pay with performance Keeping benefit programs compliant with evolving laws and regulations Making financial projections and handling budgets Managing environments for employees' health, wellness and safety Promoting culture for maximum effectiveness and employee engagement Providing the right staff for the right jobs

Let HR executives and team members know their guidance is valued.

Online nominations are accepted through April 13 for the 2018 HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources. Nominations of individuals, HR teams or entire businesses may be made in categories for:

Executive of the Year (in small, midsize and large organizations) HR Innovation Lifetime Achievement Good Works Future Leader (for those with fewer than five years' experience) Team Excellence

These awards recognize those who provide HR services within a business or organization, not consultants or vendors of HR services.

Make a nomination yourself or encourage someone else to submit your candidate or candidates for consideration. They can't be recognized if they're not nominated. But if nominated, they could be a winner or finalist featured in the August issue of Columbus CEO.

For those who don't hear “thank you” often enough, nominating them for the 2018 HR Excellence awards could be the best thing you can do today.