Nominations for STARS 2014, our annual staff recognition event, are now being accepted.
You can nominate a team or an individual by using our online form.
The 13 award categories are as follows:
Five awards recognising excellence in achieving our aims: Safe; Clean; Healthy; Prosperous and Excellent
Four awards recognising the impact of The Southend Way themes:
Engaging Leadership - this will include our previous Leadership Excellence award and will be looking to recognise those exceptional leaders in our organisation whose inspiring leadership behaviours and high standards set the best example for others.
Resilience & Growth – this will recognise staff who have demonstrated outstanding personal development, have shown support towards healthy working lives or working in a more business/entrepreneurial way.
Focused Performance - this will include our previous Partnership Award and will not only recognise excellence in the results achieved by partnership working but will also give recognition to staff who are working in a more targeted way and have achieved effective outcomes.
And recognising staff working to the Values:
We aspire for excellence in our work
We are all responsible for the performance of our organisation
We support, trust and develop each other
We are open, honest and transparent, listening to others views
Good customer care is at the heart of everything we do
We work as one organisation
We value the contribution of all our people
Customer Service - Customer Facing Award; Customer Service - Support Award - good customer care being at the heart of everything we do in addition to the awards above, these awards aim to recognise those who always demonstrate excellent customer service. Every aspect of our organisation has an impact on our customer service – it is not just about being face to face with our external customer so this award has been divided into two to recognise those that deliver excellent customer service to our internal customers, our work colleagues and teams and our external customers and service users.
Team of the Year - recognising teams that deliver excellent results within challenging, possibly stressful and dynamic environments, remaining focused on their customers throughout.
Apprentice of the Year – recognising the achievements of apprentices who have made an exceptional contribution to the Council, whilst on their apprenticeship programme
Employee of the Quarter - all staff who have been nominated for the Employee of the Quarter award during the last year are automatically nominated for Employee of the Year. A full list of those who have been nominated for Employee of the Quarter is available on the intranet.
In addition, there will be the annual Mayors Award, chosen from the finalists by the Mayor.
STARS nominations are welcomed from staff and members of the public; they should recognise those teams and individuals delivering excellent service and give examples of how the person or team nominated has really made a difference. The closing date for this year’s nominations is Friday 29th August 2014. Please keep your nominations as short and snappy as possible with a maximum word count of 300.
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