Recently we held our annual Outstanding Employee of the Year Awards here in Holon Municipality in which we honored 6 of our outstanding employees in addition to one outstanding staff.

While the average organization usually provides one specific service, the municipality provides a wide range of different services – education, culture, eldercare, family life and private and public physical environment are all just a part of the responsibilities being held by the municipality. Therefore, the city’s both directors and employees represent a wide variety of professions and expertise, despite the diversity we can find a common ground and joint characteristics between those who outstand.

The outstanding employee will be the one you can always relay on, the one doing his tasks to the fullest, a team-player focusing both on the micro and macro. This employee will not break under pressure, he will be an initiative leader for his co-workers and patient and empathic service giver. He will be an inspiration to his colleagues and a good influence to the entire workplace.

These virtues among others were part of the criteria for choosing our outstanding employees. I take pride in the fact that here in Holon Municipality, a lean-management organization with a relatively low number of employees, we are able to find each and every year a large group of employees meeting these criteria. Not only we find these employees to be praiseworthy, It is important for us to honor them since they are a significant part of our success with following the city’s policies and meeting the city’s goals.

This year, accidently or not, all of our Outstanding Employees of the Year were women from across the municipality administrations. Is it a coincident that recently we witness an increasing presence of women getting their appreciation on their work publicly?

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, in her book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” writes: “Many women prefer to stay put and be safe in their career, which is another effect of gender stereotype. They avoid new challenges because they are unsure that they have the right skills. That can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. A study has shown that men apply for jobs when they feel they meet 60% of the skills requirements, whereas women only apply if they meet 100% of the requirements”

Sandberg calls for a perception change: “Women should not be afraid to take risks, pursue growth and challenges and ask for promotions” I feel as if these changes are already taking place, we can see more young women taking a different approach. They are no longer afraid to celebrate and publicly speak about their performances and their contribution to the system and to take risks and challenges they would not take before.

Congratulations, our Outstanding Employees and thank you for your significant contribution to the Municipality and the City.