East Dunbartonshire Council held its first annul STARs ceremony at its Marina HQ today to recognise the achievements of employees who have gone the extra mile.
STARs is the council’s Special Thanks And Recognition scheme for employees.
Council Leader Rhondda Geekie was delighted to welcome over 50 STARs and the people that nominated them to the afternoon tea, as a ‘thank you’ for the additional efforts they have made in delivering their jobs, helping and supporting colleagues and delivering service excellence to customers since the scheme was launched.
She said: “Our awards ceremony was about recognising the individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them in their day to day activities.
“STARs Awards are made throughout the year but we felt it was important to bring the recipients together as an opportunity to say thank you in person for their dedication and commitment and to provide them with a certificate of achievement.”
Council STARs Awards can be made to individuals or teams – both teams within a specific service area and teams that have been brought together from across a range of services to deliver cross service projects, demonstrating that effective collaborative working can deliver successful outcomes that benefit the council and customers.
“When we launched our STARs scheme last Autumn, we were fully aware that council employees often go above and beyond what is expected of them in their day to day activities.
“We wanted there to be a more formal and tangible recognition of that.
“I personally take great pleasure in reading the submissions that are made to nominate the award recipients. Seeing real examples and evidence of those who go the extra mile to ensure our customers, in all service areas, receive the very best service from the Ccuncil makes me incredibly proud of their commitment.
“This is especially true set against the backdrop of the difficult financial times local government continues to face, the necessary organisational change that brings and the additional challenges these present to the workplace.”