Friday, 9 December 2016

2016 Service Awards and Family Fun Day successfully held at HQ

On 7 December, 90 employees from the headquarters and country offices in India and Lao were recognized for their dedication and length of service to the institute.

The awardees and guests were welcomed by the Deputy Director General for Research Jacqueline Hughes. Dr. Hughes also presented the plaques to the 10 to 20 years service awardees while Director General Matthew Morell presented the plaques to the 25 to 40 years of service awardees.

Dr. Morell commended all the service awardees and their families for their invaluable support to the institute.

In addition, Dr. Hughes announced the new and improved IRRI Awards and Recognition Program which will soon be launched by the Human Resource (HR) department. The said program will include the following new award categories:
·       Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
·       Employee of the Month
·       Employee of the Year
·       Team of the Year
·       Scientific Achievement Team award

Please do watch out for more information about this exciting awards and recognition program and congratulations to all the 2016 length of service awardees!

To view the list of 2016 service awardees and awarding photos, please click these links : ; 

IRRI Family Fun Day in Action

The Family Fun Day immediately followed the awarding program. Despite the drizzle, IRRI employees and their families, scholars, consultants and guests enjoyed the various fun booths organized for them by HR.

Children and the children-at-heart were treated with assortment of entertaining activities including play pads (castle, fire station, Lego house, bake shop and grocery), game booths (Let’s go fishing, Balloon burst, Hole-in-One and Goal kick), henna tattooing and glitter face painting. To add to the fun, everyone was treated to free ice cream and refreshments.

Local restaurants and food chains set up stalls and food carts to satisfy the food cravings of employees and guests.

The day was raining with fun, laughter and surprises! 

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HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-047

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