Social care provider, Optalis, has been shining a light on the positive efforts of employees with its annual STAR Awards.
The STAR Awards recognise those who have truly gone above and beyond in their work across a number of categories, highlighting those who have consistently performed with empathy, embraced an optimistic attitude and maintained ongoing commitment to the care given to customers supported by Optalis’ services.
Now in its fifth year, the annual awards ceremony was at risk of being blighted by the pandemic but this year, more than ever, Optalis wanted to ensure colleagues got the recognition they deserved.
The ceremony, which was due to take place this summer, was put on hold but as lockdown restrictions eased, small-scale local celebrations have taken place in keeping with COVID-guidelines.
Employees were nominated in eight categories that highlighted accomplishments reflecting the company’s core values, including the Unsung Hero award, Outstanding Team award and an award nominated by people supported by Optalis, ‘Customer Choice’.
The winners in each category were commended for their outstanding approach. Examples of the winning nominations included a team member who consistently showed and executed great determination over time, especially in respecting everyone’s views during difficult situations. A second example included a member of staff who excelled in using communication aids, to give individuals with communication difficulties the ability to express themselves. A third example was a team member who showed an ongoing commitment to brightening the day of the people he supports with his cheerful demeanour.
David Birch, Optalis’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said: “In our organisation, recognising and celebrating outstanding staff achievements and innovation is one of our priorities. The STAR Awards are a brilliant opportunity to do just that.
“It’s a real shame that we were unable to hold our Award Ceremony event this year, I was very much looking forward to it. Nevertheless, we took the decision to push ahead with the STAR Awards to ensure that our colleagues and teams who received a nomination got the recognition they deserve. We hope that those who won, feel our genuine appreciation for the hard work, commitment and dedication they bring to their jobs and meeting our customers’ needs.
“Personally, I can say that reading every nomination and learning more about the exceptional work our colleagues do has been a highlight of my first few months as Chief Executive. Looking at the talent right across our organisation, I know that Optalis will continue to provide outstanding experiences to our customers, and work in genuine partnership with all our colleagues and our community, which is now more important than ever. The future of Optalis is looking very exciting.”