At a time when absenteeism in the workplace has been a concern for many businesses in Barbados, The Barbados Light & Power Co Ltd. awarded 53 of its employees, who achieved perfect attendance last year.
The awardees received Perfect Attendance pins in recognition of this achievement at a luncheon on Friday, March 12, 2004 at The Barbados Pavilion, where special mention was made of 7 employees - Evan Goddard, Tyrone Holder, Harry Nichols, Sheila Walcott, David Boyce, Sanderson Holder and Edwin Davis who had been recognised for this achievement every year since the inception of this award in 2000.
Attendance is one of Light & Power's Key Performance Indicators and is monitored both at the Departmental level and the overall corporate level. Regular attendance is encouraged through the Company's efforts to provide a safe working environment for all employees and the promotion of health and fitness as a way of life. Although there are other factors which might result in absence from work, the Company does what it can to safeguard the health of its employees, whose well-being is vital to the Company being able to meet its obligations to its customers. Light & Power boasts of a vibrant Wellness Programme, which operates through the work of a Health, Safety and Environmental Officer, a Registered Nurse, a Psychologist and a programme that includes exercise, basic health checks, First Aid and CPR certification.
The Perfect Attendance Award supports the wellness effort and was first given in 2000 as an incentive to employees who recorded no absent days during the period June 30- July 1 for the year under review. Since then, the number of employees receiving the award has been on the increase. The Company's statistics show that for the 1999-2000 period, the number of recipients was 30; for the 2000-2001 period, the figure stood at 46, for 2001-2002 it was 38 and has reached 53 in 2002-2003.