TWENTY long-serving employees of the Lae based Goodman Fielder (PNG) Ltd company, were the first recipients of the newly introduced milestone service awards.
The award was the company’s initiative to recognise and award the employees for their commitment to the company.
Six employees received awards for five years long service, eight for 10 years, three for 15 years, two for 20 years and one for 30 years.
The 30-year long-service award went to maintenance welder, Mathias Kabek, who joined the company on July 29, 1980.
Company general manager, John Gregg, said it was important for the company to recognise the employees because they put their effort to make the company become a success.
Gregg said the award was the first of its kind for the company and was decided on by the company’s head office in Australia.
He said the award would continue on into the future.
Another award, the chairman’s community award, was awarded to the human resource services coordinator, Naweo Titus.
The award, according to Gregg, was a prestigious award to recognise an employee of the company who not only worked hard with the company, but had also committed his or her time and effort in community work, church and sports.
Gregg said the company managing director and the chairman in Australia searched hard among the company’s establishments in Australia, PNG and the Pacific, to pick one person for the award.
Titus, from Butibam village in Lae, was picked from the Lae establishment because of her outstanding personality and efforts at work and outside.