Day spa in award splash

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham held the in­au­gu­ral Em­ployer of the Year Award re­cently, with the event cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of lo­cal busi­ness set to be­come an an­nual fix­ture.

The award night was held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25, at the Rock­ing­ham RSL on Me­mo­rial Drive.

Seven lo­cal busi­nesses were nom­i­nated for the ac­co­lade, with Ur­ban Re­treat Day Spa se­lected as the first win­ner of the award.

Ro­tary mem­ber Mick Uddy said there a great re­sponse to the ini­tial call for nom­i­na­tions and be­cause of the cal­i­bre of en­trants, seven fi­nal­ists were se­lected rather than the ini­tially pro­jected five.

“This award came about be­cause peo­ple are con­stantly hear­ing neg­a­tive and bad things about em­ploy­ers but never hear­ing about the good em­ploy­ers,” he said.

“The ones who strive to pro­vide a pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment to work in, have an out­stand­ing work ethic, pro­vide train­ing to their em­ploy­ees, make it a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to go to work each day and show un­der­stand­ing/com­pas­sion for their em­ploy­ees when these em­ploy­ers need to be recog­nised and should be ac­knowl­edged. All the fi­nal­ists should be very proud as the rec­om­men­da­tions given by their em­ploy­ees were amaz­ing and heart­felt.

“The re­la­tion­ships be­tween the em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees were a plea­sure to watch on the night as it demon­strated ev­ery­thing the em­ploy­ees were say­ing about their em­ploy­ers.”

Ur­ban Re­treat Day Spa’s Carol Friel­ing said she was proud to win the award.

The other fi­nal­ists were Bal­divis Phar­macy, CKU School Bus Ser­vices, In­sight Phys­io­ther­apy, Rock­ing­ham Car­pet Court, Ster­ling’s Of­fice Na­tional and Street Has­sle Events. The club will also host the Pride of Work­man­ship award next year, where em­ploy­ers nom­i­nate em­ploy­ees to be recog­nised for out­stand­ing ef­forts.

The club will also of­fer a new schol­ar­ship early next year, where an ap­pren­tice and a trainee in Rock­ing­ham will be awarded $2500 to as­sist with vo­ca­tional/train­ing costs.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ro­taryclubofrock­ing­

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Caillin Ull­brecht, of CKU School Bus Ser­vices, Ralph and Jeanette Hen­der­son, of Rock­ing­ham Car­pet Court, Jim Hig­gins, of Of­fice Na­tional, Carol Friel­ing, of Ur­ban Re­treat Day Spa, and Genene Thomas, of In­sight Phys­io­ther­apy.

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