Hutchison Celebrates Its Long Serving Team Members

Amidst the global economic uncertainty and record job losses around the world it is refreshing to see companies celebrating long serving employees.  On Monday, June 25, 2012 in Salon I at Grand Lucayan Bahamas that’s exactly what the Hutchison group of companies did. They said thank you to team members at Freeport Container Port (FCP) and Grand Lucayan Bahamas (GLB) who celebrated 10 and 15 years of service and Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) employees who celebrated 15, 20 and 25 years of service.

Under the theme, “Achieving Our Goals through Excellence” one of the largest employers in Grand Bahama sought to thank and challenge its team members.  The guest speaker for the Long Service Awards Ceremony & Luncheon was Mr. Jack Thompson, Director of Immigration who gave the honourees valuable food for thought and challenged them to continue to provide excellent service.  Certificates, plaques and commemorative pins were issued to each employee in recognition of their long and valuable service to their company.  It was also a time of deepening team bonds over a tasty meal prepared by the talented at Grand Lucayan.Hutchison leadership is especially proud of this group that has gone through the highs and lows of business changes and yet remained committed to providing world-class service.  “Each honouree works in an area where they directly or indirectly compete with counterparts from around the world. 

The fact that they and their company are still standing in these challenging times is a testimony to the competence and hard work of the staff, especially the honourees,” according to one of the company’s managers.  The CEO and his team of Directors all agree that the institutional memory of the respective companies reside in these long-serving team members.  They have witnessed and in many cases engineered the changes over the years.

The long serving employees include persons who are functioning as leaders in various civic, social, sporting and religious organizations.  The Hutchison group of companies prides itself, not only on the substantial amount of monies it contributes to the Bahamian economy annually but more importantly, on the many leaders it grooms.

The luncheon is one of several ways GLB, GBAC, FHC and FHC are saying thank you to their dedicated staff.  The company also recognizes high performing team members through its incentive and outstanding employee recognition programmes.  Management believes that a highly motivated staff produces substantially better results than a demoralized one.  As one Director puts it, “sometimes people just need to hear thank you, we appreciate you.”