Staff in Woodie's Athlone with the 'Woscar' awards won by the store.

Woodie's Athlone wins three Woscar awards

It was a case of rolling out a virtual red carpet this year as Woodie’s DIY, Home and Garden celebrated the efforts of their dedicated colleagues through an online ‘Woscars’ awards ceremony.

Introduced in 2018, the Woscars - Woodie’s Oscars - honour the exceptional team and individual contributions across each of Woodie’s 35 stores and support office every year as part of their 'Great Place to Work' initiative.

The Woodie’s Athlone store was awarded Third Place Store of the Year as they were honoured for their superb performance across several areas including sales performance, customer service, colleague engagement and stock management. They were also awarded the Woscar for Store of the Year – Availability and Stock, and the Woscar for Store of the Year – Sales Growth.

Manager of the Athlone Store, Michael Moloney said: “Winning three Woscars means there is a great sense of pride and honour for the whole team on a culmination of 12 months’ hard work, where everyone pulled together and also had a bit of craic along the way.”

A rigorous nominations process takes place to reach the final shortlist in each category and it is considered a true achievement when your name is pulled from the golden envelope at the annual Oscars-style ceremony. Almost 400 attendees traditionally descend on Croke Park in all their finery for a black-tie gala event, where 25 coveted awards are ready to be collected.

That wasn’t to be this year, so the Woodie’s Leadership Team decided to surprise colleagues by hosting an online event to announce the deserving winners to the wider Woodie’s community on WorkVivo. The Leadership Team even donned their dinner jackets and gowns and set up a Woscars stage in the Woodie’s support office for the virtual ceremony!

CEO of Woodie’s, Declan Ronayne said: “It has been a unique year for our business. This year more than any other year we needed to recognise our colleagues’ exceptional contributions and ability to adapt in what has been a very tough year for everyone due to the challenge of the pandemic. Every single colleague in Woodie’s has pulled together as a team to ensure we have been able to continue to deliver an unbeatable service to our customers.

"It was important that we still celebrated our achievements this year in some way and I am delighted that we pulled off our annual Woscars event with a little help from technology. Well done to all our Woscar winners and thank you for your outstanding efforts this year. I’d also like to thank our suppliers who help make these awards happen.”

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