Shortlist announced for the Make A Difference Awards 2023

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With more than 260 nominations received for the 2023 Make A Difference Awards, we’ve been bowled over by the response. Entries flooded in from a wide range of employers and from a whole host of organisations, celebrating the progress they’re making prioritising workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

Our esteemed panel of Judges met last week to decide on a shortlist of nominees. All agreed that it’s fantastic to see so many organisations who are focusing on the wellbeing of their people. The Judges applaud everyone’s endeavours.

After careful deliberation, a shortlist for each category has been decided.

For 2023, the Judges were looking for entries that show real impact, with a sustainable and measurable commitment to proactive, preventative and inclusive support of workplace wellbeing. We also asked for entries to demonstrate cross-departmental cooperation that is embedding workplace wellbeing across the organisation as business as usual.

The winners will be announced at the end of Day 1 of the free-to-attend The Watercooler Event on 25th April at Excel in London.

But you can have your say too…

Vote for your winner

Between now and 17th April you can vote for your winner of Awards 1A, 1B, 1C and 2A, 2B, 2C. These are the awards focused on the employer and colleague that has made the most difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year.

We are also inviting the shortlisted nominees’ networks, to vote for their winner.

Our aim is to spread the word far and wide – remaining true to our mission to bring more and more employers to the workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing conversation.

The Awards that you will be able to vote on are:

Award 1: Employer that has made the most difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year: 

  • Category 1: Employer with > 500 employees
  • Category 2: Employers with < 500 employees
  • Category 3: Public sector / non-profit employer

Award 2: Colleague who has made the most difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year:

  • Category 1: True Leader
  • Category 2: Unsung Hero / Heroine
  • Category 3: Champions Network

You can view the shortlisted nominations for these categories and cast your vote here.

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As we recognise that not all shortlisted nominees’ networks are equal, the Judges will also select their winner for each of the Awards 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B and 2C. So these awards will have a winner determined by votes received from our networks and a winner determined by our Judges.

Awards 3 to 10 will not be opened to our network to vote. The winners of those awards will be determined purely by our expert panel of Judges. It goes without saying that Judges are not involved in the Judging of categories that they are nominated for.

Game changer

There will also be a special award recognising the game-changing initiative of the year which promises to really move the dial on workplace mental health and wellbeing. This accolade could be awarded to an organisation that entered the Awards but hasn’t been shortlisted for any of the categories 1 to 10.

You can find the full list of shortlisted nominees here.

Don’t forget that you have until 17th April to cast your vote for the winners of categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B and 2C.

And if you’d like to find out who the winners are, make sure you put 25th & 26th April in your diary and join us with your colleagues at The Watercooler at ExCel in London for free-to-attend insight and inspiration.

The Award winners will be announced at the end of Day 1, Tuesday 25th April, from 16.15pm – 17.00pm, followed by a by-invitation-only celebration cocktail reception from 17.00 to 18.30. Full details are here.


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