Recognition is often high on the list of what employees want from their employer, but all too often that is not acknowledged by business leaders. However, Rainforest Seafoods Limited, the Caribbean’s largest processor and supplier of premium quality seafood, is leading the way by recognising the efforts of its team members.
Four employees were recently selected as part of the Rainforest Seafood Employee Development Programme which will provide them with exposure to all aspects and areas of the business. The employees are Starlette Francis, retail store manager; Terri-Lee Patterson, quality management system coordinator; Louis Reid, sales representative; and Kevin Ellis, plant maintenance supervisor.
According to Brian Jardim, CEO at Rainforest Seafoods, the employee development programme will allow for the selected employees to have regular interaction with and mentoring from senior members of the management team, and it also gives them the opportunity to represent Rainforest at local and overseas events.
“The employees chosen represent the elite core of our business. The programme is an initiative to identify and develop key team members for future senior roles within the company. Each team member will be evaluated regularly by their manager and mentee, and we hope that they will continue to grow from strength to strength,” Jardim said.
All participants will be enrolled in a leadership development programme , and will work together on a group project to be completed and presented to the senior management by the end of September 2017. They will also be scheduled to attend new employee orientation sessions to share their journey and passion.
“I am humbled by the recognition. It has opened the door to so many different things and has given me the impetus to learn more about the business and to improve my prospects within the company,” said Francis. She has been employed to Rainforest Seafoods since 2009.
Rainforest Seafoods offers a comprehensive range of the finest quality products, both frozen and fresh, that meet the demands of not only luxury hotels, but value-conscious consumers, and carries over 400 references of fish and assorted shellfish sourced from recognised suppliers around the world.
Jardim is encouraging other team members to improve their performance level so that they too can be selected for the programme.
The development programme participants are selected based on creativity, innovation, outstanding performance in current assigned roles, interest in advancement and development of their career, among other things.