The second Good News Trucking event took place in Pietermaritzburg when the management of Bakers Transport gathered together all staff for the company’s annual awards and recognition ceremony.
While many companies in the industry hold similar functions, FleetWatch highlights this as a Good News Trucking story because the event, held at the Royal showgrounds, was really different in its structure and its nature.
It was one of those really special occasions made more so by the sheer variety of recognition awards which were not only ingenious but also fascinating in their origination. Check this out:
All in all, I counted 176 awards handed out to staff members in all departments including long service awards. Recognition was given to staff across all departments from administration, warehousing and distribution, Bakers Motor Repairs, Human Capital Solutions and of course, the all important drivers.
Suppliers were also honoured and in-between all this, two big screen TV sets were given away in lucky draws. Each recipient of an award received not only a certificate but also a trophy as well as a deep fryer or CD player. But check this out’¦
Apart from the ‘˜normal’ type category awards such as ‘˜Most Improved’, ‘˜Consistent Dedication’ and ‘˜Excellent Performance’, others were handed out in the categories of: ‘˜Burning the Midnight Oil’, ‘˜Jack of all Tasks’, ‘˜Ever Willing’, ‘˜Mover & Shaker’, ‘˜Excellent Attitude’, ‘˜At your Service’, ‘˜Anything, Anytime, Anywhere’. And my favourites – ‘˜Potential Noted’, ‘˜Well Done’, ‘˜Looks Promising’ and ‘˜Best Settled Newcomer’.
Stunning!! Whether you’ve been a staff member of Bakers Transport for over 15 years or you’ve been there for under a year, you know you are being noticed and your work is being recognised. And how’s that one award , ‘˜Well Done’. It’s so simple yet so effective in encouraging its recipient.
The highlight was the Driver of the Year awards in the categories of Pantech Light, Pantech Heavy, Light Link and Heavy Link where the cream of the driver crop were recognised.
However, something I have never seen before is that management also found a way to encourage the drivers who did not make the final list. Some 20 ‘˜local’ and 18 ‘˜longhaul’ professional drivers were given recognition as having the potential qbe Driver of the Year “with a little more effort’.
Awards to these guys included ‘˜Excellent Attitude’, Vehicle Cleanliness’, ‘˜Best Fuel Consumption’, ‘˜Good Progress’, ‘˜Dedication’, Solid Good Year’, ‘˜Customer Care’. ‘˜Ever Willing’ and others. Another thing I noticed is that each driver was referred to as a ‘˜Professional Driver’ , and so they should be.
What also stood out is that Bakers is a company where employees are given the full opportunity to advance through the ranks. An example of this is former professional driver and now driver trainer Sipho Gina. In tribute to him, the citation read: “He faced great challenges as this new position requires administration working with a PC and public speaking. And he has stood up to the challenge with his ‘˜Can Do’ attitude. He is a complete example for the entire organisation that you can reach any level as long as you are committed and passionate.’
Also lauding the company as world class was Paul Dorrian of Dorrian Consulting who told the audience that while many companies aim to be world class, Bakers Transport is already there as confirmed by some of his overseas colleagues when they’ve compared Bakers to other companies in the USA, Australia, the UK and the Middle East.
The company also did not forget its suppliers who it views as strategic partners and while thanking all of them, they awarded Supplier of the Year to VG Lalloo & Sterling Hamilton Wright which assisted Bakers in restructuring employee benefits.
The citation stated: “With their input, we are confident to say we have the best package in the industry with regards to risk profile, employee benefits and short term insurance.’
From staff to suppliers; from ‘˜Well Done’ to ‘˜Driver of the Year’ , it was all there. Talk about staff recognition and motivation and here you have it. It was a really Good News Trucking event. Well done Bakers Transport!