Anna Wroblewska from Ballina was among 100 workers honoured for their dedication in the 2016 GEM Awards, (Going the Extra Mile ), presented late last week by ISS, a major provider of outsourced business services which employs more than 3,500 people. GEM Awards recognise the valuable contribution of employees involved in business supports such as cleaning, catering, security, M&E, pest control and property services.
Ms Wroblewska not only won a GEM Award, but she was then presented with Employee of the Year at the end of the Awards Ceremony. Anna, who is married with one child works in Ballina General Hospital, where she heads up the cleaning team. She is described as a natural leader who is very calm and cool under pressure and who is very popular with fellow workers and the hospital staff. Anna is very reliable and is always happy to cover shifts at short notice if someone else is sick. She is also very popular with some of the older patients in the hospital as she offers to get them what they need from the shops, such as magazines, biscuits, etc, before she heads home in the evening. She really does go the extra mile for ISS.
The Irish GEM Awards were presented by Alan Brogan, the popular Dublin GAA star, who said he was delighted to acknowledge hard work and dedication in all walks of life. “There is a great sense of satisfaction in giving your best, whether that is on the sports field or in the workplace; and it is even better to have progressive employers like ISS Ireland publically recognise staff that are both committed and talented,” the former Dublin footballer said at the gala awards reception.
"The ISS Ireland GEM Awards recognise the valuable contribution of company employees involved in out-sourced operational and support services, such as cleaning, catering, security, maintenance, landscaping, post-room, property management, and pest control. The people who work in essential support services, like cleaning, catering, security, and maintenance can go unnoticed in the workplace, but, without them, many of our hospitals, universities, and businesses simply could not function," ISS managing director Eric Doyle said at the annual awards ceremony.