The Customer Services
Staff Retention Award
The Customer Services Staff Retention Award will recognise the organisation that shows a deep understanding of the needs of the people that deliver great customer service and has put in place initiatives and programmes to recruit, support, develop and retain great people.
Information for Submissions
Am I eligible to enter this award?
To enter The Customer Services Staff Retention Award, your organisation will need to have a membership with the Collaboration Network. If you and your organisation have a membership then you are eligible to enter and we welcome your submission.
Is there a cost to enter this award?
No, these awards are completely free to enter for Members to recognise their brilliant achievements.
How do we enter The Customer Services Staff Retention Award?
To enter a submission for this award you will need to submit a video presentation that builds on the criteria outlined below, which will be based on a scoring system. The presentation can be up to 20 minutes in length, with one or more of your team presenting.
Do we need to submit a written submission too?
No.There is no written submission necessary, only a video presentation submission.
Can you host us to record the presentation submission?
Yes. You can either record your presentation via your own choice of platform (Zoom, Teams, etc.) and send this to us, or alternatively, we can host you to record your session via the Collaboration Network team at a time of convenience. If you would like us to organise this for you, just get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if we are shortlisted?
Shortlisted submissions will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the Judging Panel (see below) throughout July and August. The judges will then factor the scores for each presentation alongside the information, insight and context shared via the Q&A discussions which will help determine the winner.
What are the timelines for the awards?
Award entries are open now, with the deadline for submissions being 15th June 2023. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a Judges Q&A session online throughout July and August.
The winners will be announced and presented with their award on 12th October 2023 at the Birmingham Conference & Awards Ceremony.
Great, how do we get started?
To get started, simply click below to confirm your intention to submit an entry to this award category. We can then help support you with your award submission and provide any additional guidance and support where appropriate.
Criteria for Award Submission
The Customer Services Staff Retention Award
For your 20 minute presentation we will be scoring based on the following areas and criteria. We need to know about your organisation, the problem you faced, how you dealt with it, what your actions achieved, what was particularly rewarding, exciting or enlightening resulting from your actions, and what legacy has it left.
What is your business background and context – 5 marks
Introduce your organisation, customers served, key facts you would like to share and your part/role within the organisation, individually and as a team.
What was the challenge that needed to be met – 10 marks
Tell us about your approach to recruiting and retaining colleagues in the Customer Services team, the problems you were facing, how they arose, who challenged you to fix them, and measurements of the size of the challenge (staff retention, cost of recruitment, staff satisfaction, limited candidates, executive awareness and action).
What did you do? – 20 marks
Outline the story of what you undertook to meet the challenge above.
What were the outcomes? – 20 marks
What were the metrics as you measured them?
Who was affected? Staff, management, customers, sub-sets of customers, third parties, regulators, the public?
Did you adopt new technology, ways of working, staff support mechanisms, training & development, etc?
What made it a success? – 20 marks
What did the outcomes lead to?
What improvements have you seen (qualitative and quantitate examples)?
What was the WOW factor? – 15 marks
What do you believe makes your approach to staff retention special and unique?
How was it innovative?
What are you going to do next? – 10 marks
Following your successes, where is this going to lead?
What ongoing differences has it made?
The Judging Panel
Helen Pettifer Training
Square 4 Partners