Searching for the unsung hero

Sep 09 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Every workplace has an Unsung Hero: an employee that always goes the extra mile to make everyoneís lives easier; an employee that consistently performs above and beyond the call of duty; an employee that is most valued by colleagues, yet doesnít get the recognition they deserve.

Employment group Manpower wants to celebrate these people and has launched the Unsung Hero competition, giving Britain's most valued employee the chance to win a trip to Mexico.

The competition is open to all companies and organisations whatever the size, and for all employees, both full time or part time, permanent or temporary.

To enter, a line manager or employer must nominate their chosen employee(s) and provide examples of how each individual employee has made a difference to the business. This could be by improving processes, increasing profitability, raising workplace morale or proactively achieving goals.

Employees can be entered into one of six categories: Office, Public Sector, Retail/Catering, Driving, Industrial and Technical/IT. A finalist will be selected from each category and then one overall winner will be chosen from these category finalists.

Each runner-up will receive a recognition award and £300 Virgin Experience vouchers. The winner will then be selected as Britainís Most Valued Employee, and win a fabulous all-inclusive seven-night holiday for two to Mexico, where they will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins.

Hazel Detsiny, Director at Manpower UK says: "Britainís workplaces are full of valuable employees who always put 110% into their jobs, yet ask for nothing in return.

"This competition gives employers a chance to say a big Thank You to their staff for all their efforts, and give them a treat they undoubtedly deserve."