National school bus contractor Student Transportation Inc. recognized 15 employees for their outstanding commitment as part of the company’s School Bus Safety Week celebrations.
Aptly named the Safety Wall of Fame, the honor is bestowed on employees who have gone “above and beyond the regular scope of their duties” with their efforts to reduce risk in local operations. Employees were nominated companywide from across the U.S. and Canada. Criteria included accident-free service within their role, exceptional performance of their duties, knowledge of company safety policies and procedures, reliability, and community involvement.
STI spokesman Doug Coupe told STN that the Wall of Fame was started to provide managers with employee recognition tools, systems and strategies. It includes newsletters, employee spotlights and recognition pins and other items available in the company’s store, STI Market.
“The Safety Wall of Fame was developed to serve as our most prestigious recognition for our very best, safest employees, with various recognition opportunities for our locations and regional leadership teams to recognize our special employees during a multi-stage selection process,” he added.
The employees were to have received their awards at a company ceremony last week in Charleston, South Carolina, but the was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew, Coupe said.
Additionally, this week more than 150 STI locations are holding safety meetings with school district customers, safety demonstrations with local officials including law enforcement and online safety training through the company’s Learning Management System, ST University.
The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is “Bully Free Zone!” STI also is running its 6th annual Anti-Bullying Awareness initiative all month. Coupe added that the program was started by Nick Pizzo, STI’s director of organizational development, after he logged numerous request from location managers for anti-bullying training to be added to ST University. The result was the development of two modules that created awareness and provided strategies to help bus drivers.
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