Media Release: Appreciative employees encouraged to enter business awards

WHETHER it’s on-site massage or flexible holidays, some employers have the edge when it comes to looking after their workforce – and appreciative employees are being encouraged to acknowledge these efforts.

The Grampian Awards for Business Excellence 2014, which are run by Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise), and sponsored by RBS Ahead For Business, are a good way to boost staff morale.

The awards, in their 15th year, aim to encourage enterprise by rewarding entrepreneurial companies and individuals that are capable of leading the future prosperity of Grampian.

One of Scotland’s leading independent HR, employment law and health and safety firms, Empire, which is headquartered in Aberdeen is sponsoring the Employer of the Year category in this year’s awards.

The award will be presented to a business that can best demonstrate corporate success achieved through well-adopted company values that stimulate, develop and support employees.

Many employers no longer think a safe working environment and a decent salary are enough to keep staff happy and some go to extraordinary lengths to make employees love their jobs – they recognise that a committed team that is happy and dedicated to their task is key to business success.

Google’s ball-pit and chute are legendary but employers don’t need to build adult-sized playgrounds to keep their employees in good spirits.

A staff-oriented culture, role development, an interest in their wellbeing, the provision of complimentary vending machines and fruit, sweet treats at weekly meetings or encouraging the whole team to get involved in company-sponsored charity events are all ways to make staff members feel appreciated.

Donna Gibb, HR director for Empire, said: “Business awards offer the perfect opportunity to recognise colleagues, teams and even employers.

“The Employer of the Year category in the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence 2014 is a great way for employees to show their gratitude to their employer.”

Miss Gibb said that although many companies offer staff various incentives, it is vital that they take care to ensure they based on objective, measurable criteria to avoid discrimination.

“Bonus schemes can be target based and awarded to particular teams, which promotes teamwork. Gift vouchers and days out can be target-based but competition can have an ugly side so, again, consider fair and objective criteria to avoid feelings of favouritism.”

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