Why reward and recognition has value outside the workplace

By Dave Adler, Chief Executive, Leasing and Fleet

Our CEO Deven often talks in this blog about the achievements of our staff here at Smartgroup and our newest Community Award, which recognises the work our people do outside of their day job, is a fantastic illustration of this.

David Dick is a Fleet Maintenance Controller with Smartfleet. The following words don’t really do his story justice…

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David and Samantha Dick

“Unfortunately my story starts with a sad beginning as my wife Samantha and I lost our first daughter Emily back in 2004 when she was just a few days old. This had a big impact on our life in more ways than one – some things matter much more than the small stuff we all seem to stress about from day-to-day. I also learned that when you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world, you should take it, as life is precious.

We’ve been foster carers for the past three years. My wife and I initially attended some information nights and quickly discovered there is a lot more to being a foster parent than just looking after another person’s child. I can’t say fostering is without its challenges, but we have now had nine children, from newborns up to 9 years of age, and the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Many of the young children we have cared for have unfortunately been affected by drugs in many different ways and are often in a bad state, and on medication, when they arrive with us. Seeing them overcome this is something I can’t quite put into words, but it’s what I am most proud of.”

David is the winner of the 2018 Community Award for his commitment to foster care. The Award is about celebrating the positive difference our team members make in their community and recognises those who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives. I’ve had long chats with David, and I nominated him because you can really see how his dedication and resilience in his private life are qualities that shine through in his work life.

Our reward and recognition program goes beyond performance in the workplace. It really honours the individual and their values. We are proud to have David Dick in the Smartgroup family.

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