Staff Persons of the Year
All of our staff are legends... but we aim to recognise those who excel and push the boundaries. As HR Manager, I felt that a monthly staff incentive scheme would achieve many goals:
- Reward outstanding performance
- Recognise high levels of presentation and pride
- Motivate individuals to attain goals and targets
- Promote teamwork and team goals
- Promote the vision and global aims of Australia Zoo's development
- Assist with staff performance reviews and development
- Encourage attendance at our monthly all-staff meetings.
Senior managers formally nominate staff from their departments each month. Staff also give input and suggestions to their relevant managers advising who they think should be nominated and why. Sometimes you may even find senior managers cross-nominating! All completed nomination forms are presented to Wes (Zoo Director) and Frank (General Manager) who select/fight over/debate who the winner should be each month. Hence, we sometimes end up with several winners!
During the monthly staff meetings in the Crocoseum, all nominees receive a prize and get the added embarrassment of being pictured on the big screen and asked to 'come on down' when nominations are announced. Nominees generally receive various gift cards or certificates for their efforts, including dinner vouchers, retail store vouchers and even Australia Zoo travel gift certificates!
At the end of each year, Terri and Wes, with input from the senior management team, select the WINNERS for the STAFF PERSON/S of the YEAR award, and at our staff Christmas party, we all eagerly wait to see who is chosen! And the prize is... a TRIP to DISNEYLAND... Wooo-hoo! I couldn't believe my ears when I was first informed! As the program evolves, I will keep you up to date with the major prizes and the winners!
Sandy Whitehead - HR Manager
2012 Staff Awards
Steve Irwin Award
Staff Person of the Year
Claude Lacasse (Wildlife Hospital
Veterinary Services Manager)
Movers & Shakers Award
Stacey Brown (Teacher)
Quiet Achiever Award
Peter Liehr (Keeper/Grounds)
Volunteers of the Year
Fay Taylor (Customer Relations) &
Lance Paynter (Wildlife Hospital)
Zoo Crew Awards - Hall of Fame
Staff of the Year Award
Susan Elmer and Kris Berndt
Mover & Shaker Award
Josh Ruffell & Geoff Neubecker
Quiet Achiever Award
Dave Ryan & Andrew Goodfellow
Steve Irwin Loyalty Award