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Fifth of Orchid workforce line up to celebrate colleagues in Halo Awards

14 November 2013

Fifth of Orchid workforce line up to celebrate colleagues in Halo Awards

Recognition scheme to honour pub company’s hospitality heroes goes from strength to strength

Orchid Group staff are so impressed with the dedication, expertise and skill of their colleagues that they have come forward in droves to nominate fellow workers in the Halo Awards.

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The pub company’s initiative has captured the imagination of employees, with a fifth of the workforce putting forward someone they know for an honour in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

“We’re so pleased that all our staff members, from Kitchen Porters and General Managers to Development Chefs and Accountants, realise how important recognition is for staff morale and so have submitted a nomination for their colleagues,” says Simon Dodd, Commercial & People Director at Orchid Group.

“Our Halo Awards are becoming the annual highlight of the Orchid reward programme and we are delighted that so many people are shouting about the achievements and talents of others.

“It is a real show of family atmosphere and how everyone works and grows together.”

The awards campaign, which was first held in January 2011, recognises staff who go above and beyond to exemplify excellence in their jobs and their pubs. It has grown year on year, and for 2013 more nominations than ever before were received.

Staff at all levels are eligible to nominate and win in the awards, making the Halos a truly inclusive initiative.

There are eight categories for staff to vote in:

  • Manager of the Year
  • Chef of the Year
  • Area Manager of the Year
  • Hero of Hospitality
  • Orchid Idol of the Year
  • Orchid Support Idol of the Year
  • Shine Award

The awards are a key way for Orchid to recognise the achievements of individual members of staff by asking employees to nominate colleagues who exemplify the company ethos. Whether they do this through excellent customer service, being active members of the local community and helping good causes, or simply always working with a smile on their face, the award system aims to thank them for their dedication.

“We are now reading through all the nominations and it is a real pleasure to find out about the amazing things our people do every single day,” Simon continues.

“They do so much to ensure their pubs are successful and customers are happy and it is just a shame that we cannot give every single one of them an award.”

Finalists in each category will be announced in December, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony early in 2014.


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