Top employees up for new business award
Some of South Canterbury’s hardestworking employees have been recognised for their contributions with nominations for a new award included in the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Patricia Nicol, Glenys Travers (HEBRON Game Changers), and Michelle Keggenhoff (YMCA) are finalists for the Oceania Dairy Group Employee of the Year Award.
Nicol is office manager and a legal executive at Timaru family law firm Hugh Smith Perry.
Her boss, Hugh Perry, is the firm’s principal owner.
‘‘She’s an outstanding employee,’’ Perry said.
‘‘She puts in a huge effort, and will go that extra mile to help out clients.’’
Perry said Nicol worked across a variety of roles in his business, including co-ordinating workloads and liaising with clients, and she was dedicated in each one, with her actions demonstrating her commitment.
On Friday, he said Nicol came in to work even as floodwaters were rising around her home in the countryside.
Perry was very proud of her effort.
‘‘That shows a willingness to do stuff for the firm,’’ he said.
The Employee of the Year award is one of two new awards introduced this year, the other one being the ACC Workplace Safety Award.
Bidwill Trust Hospital, Chipmunks Timaru, Fonterra Clandeboye, High Country Contracting, and the Pye Group have all been nominated for the latter award.
South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith said the new awards recognised the importance of the relationship between businesses and their employees.
She was amazed at the high level of response there had been to the new awards.
‘‘I think it’s fantastic to see the level of engagement we have seen.’’
Smith also said it was positive to see that local businesses were getting the best out of their employees.