Top em­ploy­ees up for new busi­ness award

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - LEWIS TAY­LOR

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.

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