Deloitte, Nous and Slalom win HR Innovation excellence award

14 February 2021 4 min. read

Industry publication HRD has announced the winners of its annual human resources innovation excellence awards, with three of the in total thirty awards going to leading consulting firms. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on businesses across Australia, innovation in the human capital sphere was never as important as it was last year. HR played a frontrunning role in crisis response, ensuring that people could transition to remote and virtual working, while maintaining their productivity, dedication, team morale and mental health.

A record number of entries from a wide variety of industries entered HRD’s 2021 Innovative HR Teams awards, focused on a range of areas including talent management, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, reward and recognition, culture, and HR technology. Fast forward a few months and a competitive due diligence on achievements, and 30 organisations have been lauded for demonstrating excellence in how their HR teams navigated the pandemic.

Deloitte, Nous and Slalom win HR innovation excellence award

Three of the winners come from the consulting industry: Deloitte, Nous Group and Slalom. 


As part of its efforts to enhance learning, Deloitte has transformed the way its staff learn through the launch of Cura, a personalised learning platform powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence; Enboarder, which provides employees with their first connection to Deloitte; and Stepping into the Future, designed to help staff prepare for and succeed in the future of work. 

Meanwhile, Deloitte’s talent team upped its commitment to embedding an inclusive culture by supported some 2,000-plus leaders through the firm’s best practice Inclusive Leader Activation Labs.

Deloitte’s launch of a new benefits platform, meanwhile, called MyBenefits, provides staff with a one-stop-shop for all Deloitte-exclusive benefits. The firm also introduced Charlie Knows, a virtual assistant chatbot, that is saving the members of its talent team thousands of hours of work.

Further reading: Deloitte and EY win three Australian HR Awards

Nous Group

Australian-origin international management consultancy Nous Group was lauded for its approach in supporting its 400-strong Nous team across 11 locations in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom during the disruption caused by Covid-19. During 2020, the firm’s HR team delivered continuous advice and support to staff as they pivoted to remote work and delivery while progressing strategic priorities 

Commenting on the recognition, Chief People Officer of Nous Sally Pritchard said: “Our Covid-19 response and efforts focused on keeping Nousers well, productive and engaged in the delivery of great work for our clients. Central to achieving this was our long-standing embrace of flexibility, trust and adaptability, and recognition of individual experiences.”

“Our HR team creates the right environment for people to thrive and by adapting to changing circumstances. We are delighted to lead the way in creating an environment where our people can work most productively by supporting their full needs as people as well as team members.”

Further reading: Nous Group a top management consultancy to work for


US-headquartered Slalom has only been around in Australia since the start of 2020, and has now already bagged its first award. According to the jury report of HRD, “Slalom’s focus on culture – from onboarding to career growth – has created a thriving environment where all employees are championing the growth of the business.”

This people-centric approach contributed to Slalom’s rapid growth in 2020 – by nearly 10 new employees a month despite the challenges of Covid-19. “To create a workplace which offers variety, fulfillment, and balance, HR programs are focused on hiring, developing, and retaining the best talent. Offerings include a personalised onboarding experience to welcome team members, a holistic benefits program, and an individualised career development framework.” 

The full list of winners of the HRD Innovative HR Teams awards are:

Australian Bureau of Statistics
BNP Paribas
BPAY Group
Deloitte Australia
Deliberatepractice & Japara
Export Finance Australia
Fitness Playground
Harris Farm Markets
ICD Property
Insight Enterprises
IPC Health
Nous Group
NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
ORIX Australia Corporation Limited
PHD Australia
Property Exchange Australia (PEXA)
Quinton Anthony
Reward Gateway
Racing and Wagering Western Australia
Winning Group