NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Smiles lit up faces and laughter echoed across the banking halls of regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean as management toasted its over 3,000 employees on Employee Appreciation Day.
In celebration, staff in The Bahamas had some creative fun with the theme, “Blast from the Past” as they dressed up in costumes from different eras.
Customers visiting CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Sandyport branch took a step back in time to the 90s, and were served by employees dressed as iconic entertainers such as Missy Elliot, Tupac Shakur, and Janet Jackson. A visit to the bank’s Airport Industrial Park location showcased the best of the 70s, and featured an ‘appearance’ by civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr. And taking it way back in time was the Corporate Investment Banking team who transformed their area into a 1950s diner.
Executives, managers, and team leaders treated their teams to a number of fun activities such as team lunches, “Best Costume” competitions, and karaoke throughout the day, and also gave away prizes and goodies.
Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen, who joined in the fun with a throwback to the 70s at their Shirley Street Headquarters, said, “During Employee Appreciation Day, we take time out to celebrate and thank each and every one of our employees for all that they do to make CIBC FirstCaribbean the bank of choice for our clients,” she said.
“Our employees are the biggest and greatest asset that we have at this institution. It is really because of them that we have been named ‘Bank of the Year Bahamas’ for the ninth time in the past 13 years. We appreciate their hard work, commitment and dedication, and we set aside a day every year just to say thank you. It is my hope that our employees feel appreciated on this and every day,” she added.
In a message to staff, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer Colette Delaney thanked employees for their “great ideas, amazing dedication, loyalty and support that have been truly impressive and thoroughly appreciated.” She noted it was their dedication and commitment that have taken CIBC FirstCaribbean to “a remarkable position” in the region.