This week presents us all with the last opportunity to submit a nomination for the 2019 Star Awards and, if you haven’t already, I would urge everyone to take some time to consider contributing.
Think of a colleague, a manager, a team you have worked with or perhaps individuals and teams from other areas of the Council that you have seen making a difference to the city. Then think of the recognition they deserve and the boost a nomination would give to that person or group.
Nobody asks for a pat on the back for the work they do, and in so many cases going above and beyond the call of duty, but everyone likes to know that they are appreciated and that their efforts are recognised.
We have thousands of staff across the Council who excel day in and day out, so often in very testing circumstances, and a major part of our work on developing and improving the organisation’s culture is around getting better at recognising that.
The Star Awards offer an opportunity to celebrating the success stories that happen throughout the year and showing us all that we have a tremendous amount of talented people within our organisation, all delivering for our customers or for us as colleagues. All are striving to improve processes, to improve experiences, to deliver services and to help make the city of Aberdeen as good as it can possibly be.
I have mentioned before how important it is for us all to feel responsible for each other’s success and that we want to be a part of celebrating those achievements. This sense of shared responsibility for the good work we do is critical to creating the culture we need in order to be successful as an organisation.
The Star Awards give us the chance to do just that and I hope you will join me in encouraging colleagues to nominate members of staff who are most deserving.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday (March 8) and the Star Awards page can be found here.
Good luck to all the nominees who are put forward this year.