Act fast to vote for your RailStaff Awards 2012 favourite

Look at the date when you read this and check to see if you still have time to vote in the RailStaff Awards 2012. Voting finishes up on September 13.

This summer all of us have marvelled at the displays of heroism and bravery we have seen on our screens and at the Olympic venues in London and around Britain. Watching athletes from all over the world head home – many by train from St Pancras – it is easy, in a wave of emotion, to wish they had all won a medal. All trained hard amazing the rest of us with their dedication, determination and courage. Particularly inspiring were the Paralympic athletes. For they take away the last excuse the rest of us spectators have for not taking up sport or at least exercise. The athletes themselves will always live with the knowledge that they competed in the greatest Olympic Games ever staged. We wish them well in their future lives and careers. Their example has inspired us all.

Like the competitors at the London Olympics 2012 every nomination is a triumph. The nominations themselves – the actual text – can be kept, a lasting thank you and tribute to our own Olympic heroes who continue to make this a gold medal winning industry every time.

An athlete in training will list the various elements of a programme designed to get them to peak fitness – cross training, diet and attitude. All these attributes find a parallel in those we work with. Instead of simply looking at a colleague or an employee as you have always done it is a worth while exercise to mentally tick of the good points about her, the hundred character indicators that go towards making up the person you meet every day. Wasn’t he involved in that charity fund raiser? How does she hold down a full time job and juggle a busy family life? A remarkable aspect of life in the railway is the variety of roles people play, all going to make up the individual that benefits the place and the organisation where you work.

He or she may be a good sport – but good sports people in the railway don’t always win medals. More often than not their professionalism and compassion goes unremarked. The RailStaff Awards is an industry wide attempt to recognise the hard work and inspired professionalism of the men and women who deliver the railway safely day by day, night by  night. For its success the RailStaff Awards depends on you the reader. Many thanks for the nominations – more this year than ever before. What we need now is you to look through them at on the website and vote as you think best. Voting closes on September 13. The finalists will be announced on September 21. Table booking are starting to fly in – Early Bird of £80 (ex VAT) is only available until September 13, after that tables are £95 (ex VAT).

Like the competitors at the London Olympics 2012 every nomination is a triumph. The nominations themselves – the actual text – can be kept, a lasting thank you and tribute to our own Olympic heroes who continue to make this a gold medal winning industry every time.

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