At the end of 2018 TXM Recruit launched a new highly successful contractor engagement award, celebrating the hard work achieved by individual TXM Recruit contractors working with Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE).
All TXM Recruit HRE contractors and their managers were invited to nominate members of staff whom they felt had gone the Xtra Mile for Hitachi across their three sites: Newton Aycliffe, Doncaster and North Pole & Eastleigh.
We caught up with Hitachi Account Team Consultant, Charlie Webster who lead on the project and he shared with us how the awards unfolded:
“Just before Christmas last year I was tasked with executing our new ‘Contractor of the Year’ awards for our HRE based contractors.
“We contacted all TXM contractors and their line managers and invited them to nominate a team member or members that they believed had gone The Xtra Mile for HRE. We asked them to share who they felt should win and importantly why they should win.
“As a follow up I visited each HRE site over Christmas with fellow TXM Recruit consultants, Beth and Leah where we put on a Christmas spread and ran some games as a welcome treat on site. During this time, we also handed out Contractor of the Year nomination forms to fill in and hand back on the day.
“We then collated the nominations and counted up the votes. A hugely influential factor was why they were voted for, as this added weight to the nomination.
“After detailed review we were then left with three winners:
Cyral Williamson - Won the award at the Eastleigh Depot
Simon Blewitt - Won the award at the Newton Aycliffe Depot
Vaisakh Sasidharan - Won the award at Doncaster Depot
Steven Riley - Won the award at Doncaster Depot
“We were blown away with the level of engagement as we had so many nominations come through from contractors and managers with really detailed reasons why they were nominated.
“The feedback we received from the approach was great because our contractors understand it’s recognition from your peers and superiors, it’s like receiving the ‘players’ players vote’ which is always regarded as the most prominent accolade within sporting teams”.
“This was a brilliant project to be a part of and we found so many benefits for all parties involved, including the awards themselves being handed out on each site as it brought all of the TXM family of contractors together at one point to celebrate their success.
“After the award’s first hugely successful year we will be looking to build upon it for 2019 and beyond and are excited by what the future holds for our contractors.”