There were 3 awards categories, each containing 5 awards, so 15 in total. Plus two 'special' awards.
The 15 awards could be awarded to individuals or teams who have been nominated by their colleagues as demonstrating the values and behaviours that define our company division.
Our division consists of about 400 people, so for an individual or team to receive an award is something pretty special.
I was pretty certain that I would be receiving an award as part of a 16-strong team who had completed a mission critical project, and yes we did win.
What I didn't expect though, is that one of those 15 awards was for me individually.
Here is a copy of the announcement for my award, introduced by my 3rd line manager, and presented by the divisional Managing Director:
The award for 'Bags of Initiative' in the 'Performance that wins business success' category.
The nomimations for this person exceeded those of any other individual.
By consistently looking for ways to improve the service we give to major clients in B2B, this person has had a huge impact on the way we do business. His team mates have also nominated him to thank him for the positive influence he has had over them and their development.
I am proud to announce that the winner of this award is Dave Lee.
By the way, the award name may sound pretty lame, but all of the award titles were based around the initials of our division name, Business Information - thus Bags of Initiative.
That first line, about the number of nominations, floored me. Totally. I work in an area that has about 45 people in... and I got the most nominations out of any individual? Whoa.
For my award, I got a very nice Shaeffer fountain pen, with (companyname) BI Award Winner 2004 engraved on the side, and a £100 cheque (£50 for my individual award, and £50 for my team award). The money is to go towards some token of appreciation for those who supported me in the achievements of my award.
In the next couple of days, I'm supposed to be receiving a copy of everything that was said on each of my nominations. I hope they don't tell me who said what... I'm not sure I could cope with that! It's going to be bad enough learning what people said, without knowing who said it!
Suffice it to say that I am very honoured and proud to have won these awards, most particularly the individual one.