Janine Sparks, senior reward manager at British Airways, answers questions about what it means to be recognised as employee benefits professional of the year.
Sparks, who was chosen for the accolade at the Employee Benefits Awards 2013, has spent more than 25 years in employee benefits and reward.
What has winning an Employee Benefits award meant to you?
Recognition is always a good thing, but recognition from your peers in the industry is just the best. It was such as honour just to be on the shortlist among some esteemed colleagues, but to go on to win was a fantastic surprise.
What have you done to communicate your Employee Benefits award win to your organisation and to employees?
I have shared the award with my colleagues at British Airways and got a round of applause at a departmental meeting. I have had lots of congratulatory emails from my colleagues, external contacts and third-party suppliers too (not to mention my mum). The trophy has pride of place on my mantelpiece.
What would you say to other employers to encourage them to enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2014?
The Employee Benefits Awards represent an opportunity for reward practitioners to shout about what they do well. The standard of entries is really high, and the awards help us to share best practice and bright ideas.
Enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2014. The entry deadline is 18 December.