September saw two winners crowned in our #PicturePerfect competition.
With the poll drawing to a close, two of the five finalists were neck and neck when a Workplace outage saw the platform lost for up to six hours. As a result, it was decided that both entries would claim the top prize of a new iPad each.
The competition, which started in May, encourages colleagues to post pictures from their working day in the Team Royal Mail group on Workplace using #pictureperfect in their post. The five with the most likes at the end of each month are then placed into a poll for colleagues to choose their winner.
Adam and Helena join our roll of honour, which also includes inaugural winner Anto O’Hara, Ian Milne, Gary Price and Philip Ashworth. You could be next – so get posting for October’s competition.
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For operations manager Adam, based at Grimsby Delivery Office, his picture was the perfect start to the day.
‘The picture was taken on the seafront in Cleethorpes,’ he said. ‘Everyone is so busy these days and it’s so important to look after your mental health. For me, the sunrise and sunset are a perfect way to do this. I decided to start my morning on the front and make my first couple of calls from there with a cuppa, before moving onto the office. I just find the sunrise incredibly peaceful and this time of the year is my favourite. The sunrise is a reasonable hour of the day and there is that nip in the air as the weather gets colder.’
Helena’s picture initially attracted lots of engagement. It shows 10-year-old Caleb, who is on the autistic spectrum and has sensory processing disorder, dyspraxia and some other learning disabilities, lending a helping hand with our mail.
‘He’s more like a six to seven-year-old educationally and emotionally about two to three,’ explains Helena, an area leadership team support manager from Chepstow. ‘He’s been fixated on ‘bring your child to work day’ – and has been asking Lee Martin since he became my service delivery leader to go and see him.
‘It was approaching the end of the school holidays in the summer and I had no childcare. I knew Lee was going to be in Llandrindod Wells - so we agreed that I would take on the five-hour round trip to take Caleb to Llandrindod Wells Delivery Office so he could see what happens to a letter.’
The team gave him a workplace coach hi vis and got him involved in the process of posting a letter in a postbox, emptying the mail out and what they do next.
‘He had a great day and everyone was really kind to him,’ says Helena. ‘The upshot of winning the iPad is he can see that people voting for him means that he does have some self-worth. Even getting 20 votes would have been a big deal for him - to get the number of votes he did made him cry.
‘They were happy tears and he believes that everyone who voted is his friend now.’
See if you can make your own friends, too, and enter #pictureperfect today.