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For a common goal

THERE IS a smiling face behind

the cashier’s counter at Bert’s

Auto Parts. Karla Rogers has

been on staff since 1995,

where she has been ably

fulfilling her duties as a cashier.

She is fond of her working

environment and her

colleagues. She said, “We are

from different backgrounds

and different homes and so

the relationship is not all

perfect.”

“But as with family, we

agree to disagree,” she

continued. “And at the end of

the day, we are for one

common goal, and we spend

most of our working hours

here, so we strive for a

positive relationship.”

INCENTIVES FOR STAFF

What Rogers appreciates

most about her workplace is

how much the organisation

tries to meet the needs of its

staff.

She mentioned the play area

and after-work care for kids

noting that “we work better

knowing that our children are

secure.”

“There’s also a gym, lunch

subsidy, educational

opportunities, counselling

sessions for staff and family,

salary increase annually, and

our Christmas bonus,” she

said. “We are afforded health

insurance, life insurance, and

pension. I beam with pride

knowing our company’s

benefits are on par with any

other big organisation in the

country,” she boasted.

Rogers sees Bert’s Auto as

being extremely progressive

and an organization that is

resolved to meet the needs of

its customers regardless of

their financial abilities. The

company’s growth has seen

the addition of a service

centre and a car sales division.

According to Rogers, “This

allows for the staff

complement to increase

significantly and provides job

opportunities to hundreds of

progressive Jamaicans.”

ALLOWED TO WORK

ON OWN INITIATIVE

Internally, the relationship

between management and

staff is well maintained.

Rogers said: “We are allowed

to work on our own, and we

are consulted on occasions for

advice in regards to the

growth and development of

the company. Above all, we

have an open-door policy,

which is very good for our

type of business.”

After working for over 20

years as a cashier, Rogers takes

pride in seeing trainees perform

after having made her input

into their training and guidance.

She is also proud of the fact

that she has contributed to

some of Bert’s immense

success over the years.

What does she wish for the

future of the company? “I

would like to see our company

grow continuously so that we

can continue to provide

employment opportunities for

the younger generation and

spread the love,” she said.

LONG-SERVICE TEAM MEMBERS

Karla Rogers

Cashier

Tenure: 23 years

BERT’S AUTO PARTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY FEATURE | SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018