The Cooling Awards are soon to be upon us, with the great and the good from our industry descending on London to attend the refrigeration industry’s biggest awards ceremony.
This event is there to enable companies and individuals who are innovative and progressive to showcase their achievements to the industry – and hopefully be rewarded for their efforts.
Furthermore, as an industry it gives us a chance to applaud and encourage younger members of the industry who strive to attain the professionalism of their peers – that can only be a good thing in my book.
However, while in some cases it appears that a lot of engineers and technicians think that it is really a big jolly for all the guys who are office-based to have a free night out, the truth of the matter is that we need these awards to enable all sectors of the industry to showcase the progression that we are making in the UK.
Also, we need to announce these achievements to the rest of Europe, with whom we compete in terms of innovation.
Though I can only speak from my own personal point of view, having been involved in a few things that have been showcased at the Cooling Awards over the years, my issue is this – the person that collects the award is usually not the only guy that has put the hours in to make that particular product work, or had to deal face-to-face with the customer on site when it’s going pear-shaped.
The reality is that despite them saying it is a team effort at the awards, unfortunately that is as much appreciation as you would get.
Very rarely do they come back to you or comment during the testing stage, taking you aside to say how much they appreciate the time and effort you put for the greater good. This is not a rant, and I don’t mean to sound bitter – it is merely an observation.
This type of recognition would be wholly appreciated by engineers out in the field, that their efforts and commitment to the cause receive praise as they enable their companies to climb to greater heights.
Personally, I don’t do this job to get any glory, because if there is any glory, I have yet to find it. We do it because we enjoy the challenge and the environments that we all particularly work in.
As I was always told, please and thank you can go a long way in any walk of life and ultimately costs nothing. So when the great and the good gather their awards, let’s hope they remember the people that got them there.
Anonymous Fridge Guy works as a contractor in the supermarket refrigeration sector