In recognition of her positive
attitude and determination to succeed Sara Jenkins of Makita UK has been
awarded a Special Commendation.
Sara has been a
part of Makita UK since March 2021 and was already a supervisor for a small
team. Despite already having some skills as a leader, she was keen to learn
more and develop new skills to improve the performance of herself and her team.
She chose to enrol on the Team Leader Supervisor programme as part of Matika’s
training partnership with Intec.
Sara’s passion for
learning and creativity really shone through and she has become a driving force
for improvement in her department and that is why she’s been awarded a Special
Commendation this year.
The course has
helped provide Sara with frameworks to support her team: ‘I have learnt to regularly check in with my team,
officially not just in passing or at desk and note take from this. This
nurtures the team, ensuring they feel that I am looking out for them and support
them in their work life and personal life if needed. I have learned a lot about
my self-using the very informative worksheets. The wheel of life and emotional
intelligence worksheets showed me who I am in writing and brought me
Her Line Manager, Tony Coleman has seen her confidence skyrocket! ‘Sara initially, was less confident in her role but was
always open to learning and understanding new ideas. She has developed
her skills and knowledge and is always looking for better ways to complete a
task. Her standard of work is exceptionally high. This is then reflected in her
team as she looks to coach and mentor others. This will help drive a high
standard of quality, efficiency, and consistency within our business helping us
meeting customer expectations.’
Managing people has a unique
set of challenges and Sara has navigated these successfully, alongside working
towards her programme goals. This has demonstrated huge resilience which
deserves to be celebrated.
Sara’s Tutor, Carrie McMaster,
said she was not deterred by challenging situations: ‘Throughout her time on
programme she has had continuous issues, that she
has had to manage that had eaten into a lot of her time. However, this has not
stopped Sara and her determination to be successful with her course aims. What
has been fantastic is how Sara applies, discusses, and shares what gained in
her sessions and this is helping her to manage both herself and team. She is not afraid to try new things and will
evaluate the successfulness or not of the implementation of her great ideas
which support continuous improvement.’