Michigan Works! orders service worker nominations


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Michigan Works! is giving employers and the community the opportunity to recognize service workers who go above and beyond through its Essential Service Awards program.

“While all employees contribute to the growth of our community and the efficiency of their organization, we tend to recognize those in leadership or highly visible positions,” said Dave Smith, chair of the organization’s Kent and Allegan counties workforce development board. “We often overlook the significant contributions that a virtually invisible workforce — the support workers within the various sectors — make to our community by passionately performing less-visible tasks. The Essential Service Awards recognize exceptional individuals performing these necessary and essential jobs.”


Nominations can be submitted in a variety of categories: hospitality, retail, health care, transportation, government, food service, general labor, child care, nonprofit, custodial, housekeeping and groundskeeper.

The organization said that nominees should demonstrate pride in their job, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.

A subcommittee of the workforce development board will select 10 winners, who will be recognized at their places of employment and announced during a January meeting at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

Nomination forms can be completed at the website of Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties. Forms must be submitted by Nov. 22.

“Labor market information shows current and projected growth in all service-related occupations, especially personal care and food preparation and service. There is no doubt that service workers play an important role in our economy and will continue to do so,” according to Michigan Works!

This is the sixth year of the Essential Service Awards program.

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