Holmes Care Group shortlisted at Employee Benefits Awards 2017

June 12, 2017

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Holmes Care Group were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists at the recent Employee Benefits Awards, for the ‘Most Motivational Benefits’ category.

The Awards, in association with Aon Employee Benefits, are now in their 15th year and celebrate the best people, initiatives and benefit strategies from the last 12 months.

The Employee Benefits Awards are highly respected in the market for highlighting best practice and innovation in private and public sector organisations. The 2017 shortlist, decided by a panel of industry experts following a rigorous two-day judging process, formally recognised Holmes Care Group’s ‘Staff Appreciation Week’ initiative.

The initiative implements a well-rounded programme that covers a working week, and includes a number of activities:

  • Thank You Notice Board’s, so that staff can write thank you to any of their team members
  • Tastecard  trial
  • Hand written thank you cards, and chocolates from managers to employees
  • Afternoon Tea/Coffee /Cakes
  • Buffet lunches
  • Dress down week
  • Pamper sessions 

'Staff Appreciation Week’ was introduced by Head of HR, Joanna Rychlik, to demonstrate to employees just how much they are valued. Since its launch, the initiative has become so popular across the Group that employees are continually coming up with new ideas to make each year even more special and rewarding.

Head of HR, Joanna Rychlik comments “We understand that the standard of entry for this year’s awards was extremely high. To say we are delighted that we made it to finalist stage is an understatement. We’re extremely proud to support innovation and best practice in employee benefits, striving to help make our workplace better and more rewarding for our staff.”


EBA & Summer Party, Friday 9th June 2017 EBA & Summer Party, Friday 9th June 2017
Employee Benefits Awards 2017 Employee Benefits Awards 2017
Jo Rychlick, Head of HR; Laura Boswell, PA Jo Rychlick, Head of HR; Laura Boswell, PA
Sharifa Lakhani, MD; Jo Rychlick, Head of HR; Laura Boswell, PASharifa Lakhani, MD; Jo Rychlick, Head of HR; Laura Boswell, PA

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