In conjunction with International Housekeepers Week (September 10-16, 2006), the International Executive Housekeepers Association has instituted a new award to be presented to frontline workers in the housekeeping and custodial industry who show exemplary initiative in going “above and beyond” their call of duty. Because the work of the frontline staff goes largely unrecognized, I.E.H.A.’s “Unsung Hero” award, initiated in 2005, will assist in bringing more attention to cleaning departments in institutions across the globe.

“This unique one-of-a-kind program will provide excellent recognition within each I.E.H.A. member facility, while stimulating a desire for line staff’s upward mobility,” says I.E.H.A.’s CEO/Executive Director Beth Risinger. “Although many facilities recognize their frontline workers on a continual basis, this new award will provide international recognition for the program and finalist selected.”

Luz Quiroz, the 2005 winner, was the first of many award recipients. Each will go into the “Hall of Fame” of cleaners whose attention and proactive measures have either saved the facility money or assisted a guest or patient with a need.

If you know someone who has stopped a robbery by pointing out suspicious individuals who seem out of place, someone who came to work and saved the company thousands of dollars in restoration costs when a flood hit, or someone who smelled smoke and took action to stop a fire, nominate them for the Unsung Facility Hero award. Just identify the individual you wish to nominate and submit a paragraph telling us why you feel this individual is deserving of the award.

The Unsung Facility Hero of the Year will be named during International Housekeepers Week, September 10-16, 2006. The recipient will have their story printed in Executive Housekeeping Today and will receive a complimentary one-year membership to I.E.H.A along with a $100 cash prize. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SEPTEMBER 1, 2006.