A couple of weeks ago, you may recall my post about why I love being a student ambassador. Amongst the referrals to ball gowns and Ferrero Rocher’s, I mentioned that I’d been nominated for the Edge Hill University ‘On campus Student Employee of the Year’ award.
Well, Tuesday night marked this year’s Edge Hill Careers awards evening. Held in the Faculty of Education, it was a brilliant night, full of hard working employees and volunteers receiving recognition for their efforts. There were a whole range of guests from outside companies and institutions, including an empty seat for my other employer, Compass Group. Who never turned up.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re all dying to hear the results.
Well, roll out the fanfare because I did win Student Employee of the Year (On Campus).
To be honest, even though I won, I wouldn’t have minded if I hadn’t. I was simply happy to be even nominated, and there was lots of stiff competition from some very, very hard workers.
The importance of the team, however, is never to be underestimated. I know for a fact that if, for example, one day I’m not feeling up to work, the rest of the team will bring my spirits up again and by the end of the day, I’ll be bouncing off the walls. It’s the collective who move things forward, because there’s only so much one individual can do. And I know for a fact that my team (mostly) deserve awards of their own for the work they put into making things happen.
Certainly, everyone who received nominations in particular worked their guts out for the privilege, and for that, I have an observation.
Imagine if awards ceremonies and the like didn’t exist. If nobody worked hard because they knew there was simply no chance of ever being recognised for it. Where would we be?
Simple. In the same place as we are now. Because the people up for awards, be it volunteering or employment, would still work as hard as ever, awards or not. Because they’re dedicated to their work, no matter what the situation. Because they will give up their own time to benefit others. Because they don’t work and expect to be recognised, but simply because they enjoy the satisfaction that good work gives them.
And that, my friends, is why awards ceremonies exist.