The WRS Employee of The Year Awards are a way for Senior Leadership to put a spotlight on the employee's who go above and beyond in their day to day roles within the company. The coveted annual awards, were designed to continue to drive a culture of team work, collaboration, and recognition here at WRS.
This year we have not one, but two winners of the WRS Employee of The Year Award... Congratulations to Chloe Jordan and Stuart McNeill!
This year we decided to sit down with our winners and ask them a few questions...
1. So, how does it feel to be nominated for employee of the year?
Stuart McNeill: "Very happy that managed to get top recruiter."
Chloe Jordan: "I was surprised to receive employee of the year, but also very pleased and grateful. It feels good to know that your work is paying off."
2. What is your favourite part of working at WRS?
Stuart McNeill: "To put it simply, it's the people."
Chloe Jordan: "My favourite part of working at WRS is probably the people that I work with, alongside the development and growth opportunities that WRS offer. We have a very friendly and social culture at WRS which makes it a great place to work."
3. What do you like and enjoy most about the work we do at WRS?
Stuart McNeill: "That I get to use my experience in the Marine industry."
Chloe Jordan: "I enjoy working in the renewable energy space. It feels good to know that you are contributing to providing talent and expertise to sustainable projects and working with companies who are dedicated and committed towards clean energy development and the fight towards climate change."
4. What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Stuart McNeill: "Winning this award."
Chloe Jordan: "I would say I am most proud of developing out a successful renewable energy desk and helping towards the growth of the team we have today."
5. How has WRS helped you in your career development?
Stuart McNeill: "I've been provided with the opportunity to manage other people and develop my skill set."
Chloe Jordan: "WRS have offered me many development opportunities and supported with any training that I have needed alongside the opportunity and trust to go out and make my own path in the sector."
6. How would you describe the WRS culture?
Stuart McNeill: "The WRS culture is flexible and welcoming to all."
Chloe Jordan: "Our company culture is one of the best things about working for WRS. We all get on extremely well and spend many occasions throughout the year on various days out and trips together. We have the opportunity to push forward new ideas and initiatives and we are constantly finding ways to improve our overall working experience and culture. Getting on very well with your colleagues is key to finding an enjoyable career."
7. What's one thing people don't know about you, that they would be surprised to find out?
Stuart McNeill: "That I had a career at sea before recruitment."
Chloe Jordan: "One thing people might not know about me is that I love martial arts. I have trained in Kickboxing for many years and now train in Muay Thai. I find the competitiveness and culture of these sports fascinating."
8. What is the most interesting project you've worked on at WRS?
Stuart McNeill: "The crewing of a large pipe lay project during COVID in West Africa."
Chloe Jordan: "I have worked on many interesting projects at WRS and work on new and interesting projects on a weekly basis. I enjoy the consulting side of my job and working with renewable energy developers who are developing into new regions or sectors, and I enjoy working on various charity initiatives and projects at WRS."
9. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Stuart McNeill: "Practise more self-care!"
Chloe Jordan: "Stop worrying. Take the opportunity to explore and experience trial and error, as it will all work out."
10. How long have you been with the company?
Stuart McNeill: "I have been with the company now for 5 years."
Chloe Jordan: "Just over 4 years."
11. How has your role evolved over time since you’ve been here?
Stuart McNeill: "The biggest change has been my development into more of leadership role with increased responsibility."
Chloe Jordan: "I began as a trainee recruitment consultant, working through and learning the various divisions and energy sectors at WRS. I then moved into a 360 role with a focus on growing out the renewable energy sector, before moving into a full business development role with a growing team of recruiters and BD consultants in renewables globally."
12. What do you think makes our team culture unique?
Stuart McNeill: "We are all knowledgeable of the industry we work in. This is in terms of legislation and certification."
Chloe Jordan: "We are very inclusive at WRS and take new opinions and ideas from employees forward. We are also a very close community at WRS and are always socialising and doing team activities together."
13. How did you get your start in the recruitment industry?
Stuart McNeill: "The old fashioned way, I phoned WRS and managed to get an interview."
Chloe Jordan: "My recruitment and energy sector experience began at WRS."
14. What are your goals for the next few months/years?
Stuart McNeill: "To lead a larger and thriving team, full of high performers."
Chloe Jordan: "My goals for the future at WRS are to continue to help grow a successful renewables division and continue to work with the leading companies in the renewables space globally."
15. What is one thing that you wish people knew about your job?
Stuart McNeill: "The speed we have to work at and the hours we put in outside office hours to deliver for our clients and candidates across the maritime sector."
Chloe Jordan: "That every day is different!"
16. What’s one thing that surprised you about your current role?
Stuart McNeill: "The incentives that are on offer to the team."
Chloe Jordan: "Working in Business Development is a very people focused role, and it has pleasantly surprised me at how friendly the general renewable energy sector is."
17. If you could switch your job with anyone else within WRS, whose job would you want?
Stuart McNeill: "I wouldn't, I like my job."
Chloe Jordan: "Mark's, our CEO".
18. What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Stuart McNeill: "To do the trans-Siberian railway (but not right now)."
Chloe Jordan: "Travel as much as possible."
Well done and many congratulations to Stuart and Chloe!
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