Employee of the Year 2017
As both a sponsor and judge of the Talent ID Employee of the Year Award for the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards, along with my co-judge Don Gunn from Eves Realty, the task has been both rewarding, awe-inspiring and incredibly challenging. As we have another year of Business Excellence Awards behind us (Rotorua) it has been both motivating and inspiring to see organisations putting themselves forward to be judged. Congratulations to the businesses and individuals who took the time and put themselves out of their comfort zone to be recognised amongst their business peers.
Again we were delighted in the number of high calibre of entries in the employee of the year award for this year, this is certainly a reflection on value employers place on recognising key talent within their businesses.
Talent ID has made a conscious decision to partner with the Rotorua Business Awards, and like -minded Awards within the Bay of Plenty region, which celebrate the people aspect of business, whether it be from an employee or team view point. In Rotorua, the Employee of the Year award is a fantastic example of this. It recognises the outstanding contribution that someone makes to a team and organisation as a whole. As judges, one of the questions we always come back to, is what makes an employee of the year – what outstanding attributes do they demonstrate over and above. What is the difference between what is expected from a normal employment situation, a good employee through to an exceptional employee and how is that measured.
One of the commonalities we have observed of the winners over the past eight years that we have been involved with this award, seems to be the impact that these individuals have on other people’s lives. The manner in which they take accountability for their roles, taking them out into the community and making a difference to other’s through their generosity in time and caring. We have seen employees who have dedicated many hours of volunteer time as part of their role, adding value to both the organisation and the community in which they live, in a selfless way.
Each year as judges we meet inspiring individuals. This year there were three finalists in the Talent ID Employee of the Year Award – Margaret Honey from Wildlands, David Remmerswaal from Dubbz Digital Marketing and the winner Gretchen Livingstone from the Regent of Rotorua.
It is important to also acknowledge that no person can work alone within an organisation and be successful. A proactive and supportive team environment, with good leadership encourages and allows people to perform at their best. It makes sense to have employees engaged and working together towards organisational vision and goals. A culture which allows ownership and development promotes success, and can be achieved through recognising some of the key elements which engage the workforce.
Again, we congratulate all of the finalists and winners across the Rotorua Business Excellence Awards for 2017.