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Recognize your Employees

By Wendy Parker Barsell, FSPA Executive Director / wendy@floridapoolpro.com. 

Last month my column was about sharing the benefits of FSPA membership with your employees. This month I’d like to encourage you to use FSPA to recognize your employees and your company. Most of you are well aware of the swimming pool Design Awards program and the recognition it brings when your company wins awards. Winners are displayed at the February Show, printed in the event program guide and magazine, posted online and press releases sent to local and national media.

Several years ago FSPA introduced a program to recognize service professionals. This award can be given to one person in each of our sixteen chapters. Take a look at your team and think about who customers are complimenting and sending in praise about their work. Simply complete the form (available on the FSPA website) and send it in. They’ll be honored at the annual awards reception in February as well as in the printed program guide, the FSPA magazine and local and national press releases. Companies have told me that this recognition of an employee boosts morale among everyone. It’s a benefit for you, your company and the employee!

And don’t forget that we have a Tops In Trucks award. Submit photos of your fleet of vehicles to be recognized statewide for great graphics which wow customers.

Winners for each of these programs receive plaques to hang in your office and special winner logos to use in your materials.

As a follow up to my column about employee safety a few months ago, please see page 10 to read about how Reef Tropical Pools is using a vending style machine to provide safety equipment to their team members. This is an excellent example of supporting employees in their jobs every single day. What is your company doing? Please share with us so other companies’ employees can benefit. The FSPA mission is “Advancing the Florida swimming pool industry.” Sharing of great ideas is one of the best ways to do this.

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