Why this matters

Government is the world’s largest employer and its success in solving the world’s toughest challenges will depend on public servants. We want to highlight the teams, groups and departments that are going above and beyond to make the public service one of the best places to work in the world.

We also hope the award can act as a toolkit to encourage teams in the public service to think about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of all their staff.

How to vote

These are our shortlisted teams selected from hundreds of nominations and voting is now open. Please select the award category to see the finalists and vote on your favourite team. Nominations close at 11pm GMT on Thursday the 4th of April.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not already a member of Apolitical, you will be prompted to fill out a 30-second application form which will AUTOMATICALLY register your vote.



Mental Health in the Workplace Award

An award for a team, department or initiative that is leading action to protect the mental health of team members. This could be through small creative schemes or department wide policies that aim to build resilience and improve recovery from mental health issues.

Workplace for Young People Award

An award for a team, department or initiative that is leading action to make the workplace a great place for young employees. This could be through policies or schemes that attract new team members or programs which make the public service a great place to work for young people.

Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace Award

An award for a team, department or initiative that is leading action to improve the physical health of team members. This could be though department wide policies or creative schemes that promote or facilitate a healthy lifestyle, whether that be through exercise or healthy eating or building a healthier work environment.

Workplace Inclusivity Award

An award for a team, department or initiative that is leading action to create a more inclusive workplace. This could be through hiring interventions, leadership programmes or departmental policies that either help to make work a great place for women and minority groups or improve diversity in the team.

Workforce of the Future Award

An award for a department, school or programme that is leading action to equip public service employees with the critical skills they need for the future of work. This could be through providing courses to help public servants use data or mentoring schemes that aim to upskill through peer-to-peer learning.