The CEO speaks: McDonald’s gold stars all round

Our Glorious Leader, Jon Rouse, Croydon’s chief executive, continues to whip up his staff into a near-frenzy of action and performance with his regular postings on the council’s cutting-edge interweb system. In the sense where “whip” is the most important word.

In his latest blog, Rouse demonstrates some understanding of the “carrot” part of “carrot and stick”, as he encourages the council’s shrinking staff to ever-greater efforts, all with the offer of a massive piss-up in November in a staff awards scheme that has all the patronising appearance of doling out stars to staff at McDonald’s.

The only trouble is, as Rouse wields the axe on council staff, will there be anyone left to join him to “shout about our great staff all night”?

See what you make of Rouse’s inspired leadership…

2011 Croydon Council Awards

I’ve been thinking a lot about recognition recently, wondering why we’re not always very comfortable with shouting about our successes. I know we’re an organisation with some fantastic successes, and great staff doing some outstanding work, but we fall down on telling each other, and ‘outsiders’ about it. We need to do more to recognise the hard work and achievements of all staff, particularly those on the front-line, working with residents day in day out. Now we can.

This year, we have introduced a brand new category in the Croydon Council Awards – the Employee or Team of the Month award

Every month you can nominate anyone who you think is worthy. It might be a colleague, your own team, or people you’ve worked with on a project. If you think someone you’ve worked with deserves some recognition, then make sure you tell us about them. Winners of the new Employee/Team of the Month award will all be invited to attend the gala event in November.

The Croydon Council Awards have been running since 2008, and those of you lucky enough to be short-listed, or win, will know what a fantastic feel-good factor the celebration event has. The award ceremony is a true night of recognition, and one which is paid for by our generous sponsors, not costing the council anything to run. I always look forward to being involved in an evening where we shout about our great staff all night.

The Croydon Council Awards really are for you all.

Nominating a colleague or team could not be easier – both e-forms and printable copies are available. There are nine categories in total and you can find out more about each category on the 2011 Croydon Council Awards intranet pages. And don’t forget you can also nominate contractors and joint teams with other partners.

Award finalists will be invited to a celebratory event in November. It will be another fantastic night – ask any of last year’s finalists what the event was like, and I’m sure it will encourage you to get voting.

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