One4all has announced the winners of its annual Spotlights – awards that shine a light and reward those employees who have made an outstanding contribution to their company over the past year. Mary Duggan, Care Assistant at Rockshire Care Centre in Waterford City, is one of the winners this year after her fellow employees nominated her for outstanding contributions over the past year.

The Spotlights, now in its third year, is an employee recognition programme from One4all in association with Chambers Ireland, Ireland’s largest business organisation. The Spotlights has been created for SMEs to find Ireland’s best employee – that person who always goes the extra mile – by offering colleagues the facility to reward these unsung heroes. Companies are encouraged each year to nominate their chosen employee or work colleague, asking nominators to explain why they feel their chosen colleague should receive recognition. The awards are open each year to all employers and employees of Irish SMEs and applications are judged by an independent panel of business leaders, including members of Chambers Ireland.

As well as receiving the award, The Spotlights rewards the winner with a €500 One4all Gift Card and a trophy, with runner up prizes of €300 and €200 gift cards and trophies for second and third place respectively. In Waterford, this competition is supported by Waterford Chamber.

Michael Dawson, CEO of One4all, said of the 2017 Spotlights: “We are proud to be running the Spotlights, in association with Chambers Ireland, for the third consecutive year in a row – and the quality of entrants in 2017 has truly been exceptional. I want to congratulate Mary, as well as our 2nd and 3rd place winners, and thank all those who nominated colleagues for the award. It is heartwarming to see employers and co-workers alike recognising the contributions of their peers, and we are delighted to reward these employees for their hard work. At One4all, we believe that employees are at the heart of every business; we are proud to help SMEs in Ireland shine a light on the great work being done daily, and to help deepen relationships between employees and their staff.”

James Kiernan, Head of Relationship Management at Chambers Ireland, said: “We are extremely excited to announce Mary as the overall winner of the 2017 Spotlights. This is a wonderful opportunity for Chamber members, and the wider business community alike, in the local area to get their employees and companies engaged in a very positive process that rewards the many unsung heroes that help us all achieve success and who go that extra mile. The Spotlights remind employees that great work doesn’t go unnoticed and is appreciated by co-workers and colleagues alike, and we at Chambers Ireland are proud to support such an initiative.”