WDH employees rewarded for over 320 years combined service

Published 14 June 2017

11 WDH employees recently picked up Long Service Awards having clocked up a combined 320 years’ service between them!

The employees have worked across a wide variety of roles supporting the work of WDH in creating confident communities across the Wakefield district.

Robin Chessman, a OneCALL Supervisor at WDH, began his career over 37 years ago and has developed in various roles over the years.

He said: “I think the perfect expression appreciation is to receive a lifetime achievement award whilst still being lucky enough to work. I’m very grateful and could not have achieved it without the support of my colleagues over the many years.”

Colin Hare, has worked in IT for nearly 20 years and in his time at WDH has worked on many new IT advancements to help WDH become a more digital business.

He said: “WDH and IT have changed enormously over the 20 years I have worked at WDH. From the days where rent collection was predominantly cash, with 30 offices and numerous rent collectors, to today’s systems with direct debit and telephone payments. I’ve seen the introduction of mobile working, customer web sites and mobile Apps.  IT will continue to change and develop as WDH embraces new technologies and new systems.” 

Kevin Dodd, WDH’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s always great to reward our long serving employees for their loyalty and dedication. We have lots of career opportunities and are always looking to recruit fresh talent to help us grow. However, we appreciate all of the hard work and commitment our long serving employees have shown. They are evidence that it really is a great place to work.”

WDH is an Investor in People employer and holds the gold standard for demonstrating their commitment in supporting and developing employees.

In 2016 WDH saw 1208 external applications for 41 advertised vacancies demonstrating that the demand and popularity locally for jobs within the business is still as high as ever.

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