The i4cp Next Practice Awards

How has your organization innovated over the last year?

Have you implemented a cutting-edge talent / people practice that is showing—or promises—significant ROI? Created powerful new approaches to benefit/support your employees during times of disruption? Are you advancing your field or breaking new ground?

We want to hear about it. And you could be recognized by i4cp—one of the world’s leading human capital research firms—with an exclusive Next Practice Award.

i4cp’s Next Practice Awards:

  1. Recognize members who are leading the way in HR, talent, and workforce innovations
  2. Introduce exciting new ideas across i4cp’s collaborative member community
  3. Increase visibility of member organizations and showcase their talent leadership

Previous winners include:

T-Mobile Ford Motor Company Lockheed Martin Booz Allen Hamilton ABB Toyota Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Ecolab

Winners receive:

  • Featured at i4cp’s annual Next Practices Now Conference, the #1 ranked event for HR leaders
  • Prominent display alongside past winners—including Patagonia, Microsoft, Accenture, and Ford—as a leading organization and award winner
  • Next Practice Award trophy
  • Entries are published as case studies on i4cp website and promoted on social media
  • Additional opportunities to present to or discuss with i4cp members and communities
  • Press release for winner’s use (for web post/social media/industry publications, etc.)

What it takes

Entries will be accepted during two 2-month phases. Organizations may submit up to two entries in each phase, highlighting a distinct program or initiative implemented or in the process of implementation. Four finalists from each phase will advance to final judging.
Please note that all entries must be in Word format. Submissions are accepted from i4cp member organizations only.

Phase 1: Next and Best Practices in Leadership, New Work Methods, and Workforce Readiness

In Phase 1 (now accepting submissions), we’re looking for innovative practices organizations have created in response to the disruption of the pandemic or other recent events and/or anticipation of what the future of work might entail:

  • Leadership – Innovative practices could include (but aren’t limited to) new methods of leadership development, new skills leaders need, changes in organizational leadership models, or other practices related to leaders and leadership.
  • New work models and methods –might include new ways companies use now-unneeded buildings/facilities (to collaborate, innovate, etc.), remote/virtual work practices, new ways to collaborate or innovate when employees are not co-located, changes in ways work teams operate in hybrid work environments, or other new ways of doing work.
  • Workforce readiness – Innovative practices in upskilling or reskilling of employees, how companies are using learning technologies, new learning and development strategies, identification of new learning/skills needed for the future, etc.


Phase 2: June - July 2021

If your organization’s next practice doesn’t align to the first-phase topics, don’t worry—our second submission phase will welcome all other innovative people practices, including:

  • Culture renovation intiatives
  • New workforce analytics techniques
  • AI and automation integrations
  • Well-being programs
  • And more...

Past winners & applicants

While each submission is different, visit i4p’s our Past Next Practice Award Winners page to read past winning submissions. The best entries often include:

  • Details of the steps your organization took to achieve success
  • Measurement strategies and demonstrable results, whether tangible or intangible
  • Clear, concise writing that fits the specified case-study format

The review process

  1. Each entry will be reviewed by i4cp's initial judging team
  2. Semi-finalists will be presented to a broader group of i4cp final judges
  3. Finalists will be chosen and announced in advance of the i4cp 2021 Next Practices Now Conference


Ready to enter?

To enter your organization’s innovative practice(s) in this year’s award competition, please complete and submit our Next Practice Award entry form.

Enter by May 28, 2021