Recruitment firm SteppingStones and Scotiabank and Trust Cayman won the Top Employer Award in the small/medium and large employer categories, respectively. The programme recognises leading organisations that attract and retain employees, contribute to the community, and create an environment that exemplifies respect, fairness and pride in the workplace.
The award was presented to the firms by the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals at an awards presentation ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The Top Employer Award was launched by the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals in 2009. In 2013, the HR body re-branded the official recognition as the “Best Place to Work” award and says that recipients are identified as organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and organisation culture.
At the heart of the definition of a “Top Employer” is a place where employees “trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with”, according to the organisation.
SteppingStones was shortlisted as a finalist for the second time and managing director Milly Serpell said she was thrilled that SteppingStones had attained first place this year. “This award validates our business practices,” she said. “It tells us we are on the right path to ensuring our people are supported, motivated and rewarded in our workplace.”
Ciara Aspinall, partner and operations supervisor at SteppingStones, said it was the strength of the people the company employed that led to the award win. “It is a cliché, but is true – people are a company’s most valuable assets and attracting, challenging, and retaining the best people is the key to success for any business. We feel this award shows we are doing it right,” she said.
Scotiabank Cayman’s Human Resources Director Lovenia Ebanks said Scotiabank is delighted to have received this award for the third time in a row. “We received our first award in 2011 for having a strong staff focus, and we have continued as a management team to make strides in moving our employees forward in their personal and professional development,” she said. “We foster a culture of constant training, employee engagement and performance management. That’s what makes Scotiabank such a great place to work, year after year.”
Speaking about the key strengths that make Scotiabank one of the best places to work in Cayman, managing director Doug Cochrane for the bank said, “We are confident that this awards is a testament of our policies that not only compensate staff well for the work they do, but is as a result of the strategic programmes that track performance management, help to shape our staff career paths and expose them to cross – training in different areas. This expands their skills set allowing them to excel as they advance in their careers and personal lives.”
Scotiabank also said the bank strongly believes in embracing diversity and equal opportunities for all its employees. For example, the bank has been strategically highlighting female advancement in Cayman and throughout its international network.
SteppingStones’ Ms Serpell added, “Over the last few years, the Top Employer Award has developed in stature and importance and has now become a vital standard setter for industry across the board in the Cayman Islands. Those businesses who can say they have a Top Employer Award have really demonstrated their commitment to their staff,” she said. “And by investing in our people we ensure they have an opportunity to grow, personally and professionally, so they are empowered and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.”
Ahisha Bodden, president of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals, said the Top Employer Awards programme had a wider benefit for the Cayman community as a whole.
“The primary goal of the award programme is to make the Cayman Islands a better place to work. A better workplace for employees means a better place for our clients and a better global ranking for the Cayman Islands as a place to do business. An enhanced global ranking is good for all of us, from small businesses to large multinational corporations,” she said.