The annual Employer of Choice Award held its presentation ceremony last week. Organized by Sing Tao's JobMarket, the event has continued to gain recognition over the years.
The ceremony took place for the first time at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, which is one of the new elements introduced this year. The hotel has been boosting activities in recent years and clicked instantly with the organizer.
As it is away from the city center, there were concerns about transportation. But such worries proved unnecessary. The organizer arranged coaches to take guests to the hotel, and the trip took a mere half hour.
Upon arrival, the theme park's distinctive atmosphere perked up everyone. They were greeted at the entrance by Mickey and Minnie, and taking pictures with these iconic Disney figures was a high point of the evening. Food and beverage also earned praise.
The second new element was the guest of honor, who has been the secretary for labor and welfare since the start. The early presentations were officiated by Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, who is now Chief Secretary for Administration.
Cheung's meticulously prepared speeches always resonated with representatives of both employers and employees in the audience, to whom he would also give pointers about labor market trends.
Successor Stephen Siu Wai-keung took the same approach, showing the importance he placed on employer-employee relationships.
This year, the organizer invited commercial constituency Legislative Council member Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung to officiate.
Lam urged employers and employees to work together with one heart, and to take opportunities in the Greater Bay Area seriously.
His humorous, insightful and weighty advice went well with the event's positive vibes.
A third new element is the Appreciation Culture Award. The award's presenter said there are many complaints in our society and an appreciation culture has yet to take root.
In fact, if we open our hearts to appreciate the positive side of things, we would foster a better relation between employers and employees, service providers and customers.
The award is a new one, but nominations have been enthusiastic, which shows clearly that such thinking is correct.
Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily