Zoe Atkinson – Sub36 Employee of the Year Finalist

Zoe Atkinson – Sub36 Employee of the Year Finalist

This award is for the one to watch – the employee with the can-do attitude who every boss wants in their team. They make things happen and have a positive impact in the workplace which does not go unnoticed by their colleagues, customers or suppliers. Zoe says: “Just over 12 months ago I had only just begun my journey with our company in administration and with no experience of this sector. It wasn’t long after that I saw the growth and development opportunities available. Soon enough I had tackled my role and was asking for more which made me the ‘go to’ person at headquarters.”

 

About Zoe – Sub36 Employee of the Year

“I grew up on a farm near Lancaster and only moved away last year when I purchased my first house in the city. I went to high school here too. Despite being told it’s what you ‘should’ do, I knew that sixth form and university wasn’t for me. I wanted to throw myself straight into work to gain experience and find something I love. I trained as a hairdresser for three years, moving on to retail where I soon progressed to management level. I joined AM Services Group three years later where I became the contract manager.

 My responsibility is to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service to our clients. This involves ensuring my employees have the appropriate training and equipment to deliver this service. I build relationships and ensure good communications. I was selected to be a ‘champion’ for the company’s vision and values as I’m passionate about these and want to help inspire others. It is really important to me that I leave my employees feeling motivated and proud to be a part of the AM family.

 Just over 12 months ago I had only just begun my journey with our company in administration and with no experience of this sector. It wasn’t long after that I saw the growth and development opportunities available. Soon enough I had tackled my role and was asking for more which made me the ‘go to’ person at headquarters. This resulted in my being the first ever office based person to be awarded ‘employee of the month’ and the first person throughout the company to have received three separate nominations. I undertook various courses and was approached by the managing director to enrol in a Leadership and Management Level 3 Diploma.

 I was promoted to the area’s contract manager in May this year. The last three months have been challenging  – learning, and building trust and relationships – but nevertheless I have enjoyed doing so. I know I made the right decision for my future.”