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Secrets Resorts motivates staff

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Radio personality and general manager of the RJR Communications Group, Francois St Juste (second right), teams up with (from left) Hans Brouwer, entertainment director; Emilio Huhn, general manager; Danielle Ellis, Luis Fitch, Seawind Beach Club general manager; and Deryk Meany, resident manager. Occasion was the recent Secrets Resorts' quarterly staff awards banquet where the dress code was pirate fashion.

Well-known radio personality and general manager of the RJR Communications Group, Francois St Juste, has hailed the socio-economic projects catering to staff advancement at Secrets Resorts and Spas.

Arguably the only property in Jamaica, and the region by extension, that rewards staff quarterly with prizes, including a new car every year, St Juste said this trend 'is unique'.

"I have worked with a lot of properties and to be fair to them, they all have some kind of reward programme, but the consistency that is done at Secrets Resorts is above normal. They spare no expense to ensure that their employees feel honoured and respected for the work they do," he said.

St Juste said he was encouraged that the management had seen it fit to constantly honour integrity, hard work and the ordinary persons who are simply trying to advance themselves. St Juste added: "That is the kind of encouragement that employers need to have for their workers and invest in them, because everybody grows. It grows the workers and the company and the guests have a very good experience."

Resident Manager Deryk Meany observed that rewarding the staff is one of the most satisfactory feelings among executives. "Our awards are held quarterly, but I wish we could have it once monthly, because we have so many shining stars on our team," Meany hinted.

"We hire these Jamaican characters for the charm and personality that Jamaica has to offer, and we will enhance their skill sets. If they come with their skills, that is welcome, but we first look for the personality and the right attitude," said Meany.

Last December, landscape supervisor Clifton Haddo won a new car.

General Manager Emilio Huhn said another car is up for grabs come December. The car has already been purchased and remains on the property to motivate staff. But Huhn said the prospective winner would have to demonstrate exemplary attitude and ethics on and off the job.