Quarter 2 of 2017 is in the books and with it comes a new round of Quarterly Core Value Award Winners!
One of the most important things that makes Clickstop what it is, is our commitment to who we are outside of work. The people, places, and hobbies that make us who we are. While at work, our friends and family are still very much a part of us , and we know the importance of making time for those things that make us happiest. That is why we have the core value Make Time for Fun and Family. Our Quarter 2 award winner for this value really takes it to heart, and that person is Sarah Meinders.
Sarah has been with Clickstop for over six years and has taken on many roles at Clickstop. She started in merchandising, has spear headed our 3rd party channel efforts, has been in leadership, and is currently focusing her efforts on user experience for US Cargo Control. She has taken advantage of many of the opportunities at Clickstop by communicating openly and honestly with her leader. The core values have helped her balance her career, and seek out opportunities.
“Core values clearly outline who we are as a company and how we work.” said Sarah’s leader, Matt Mitchell. Matt has been with Clickstop for 4 years. “It gives every employee an understanding of how they’re expected to work and it fuels our culture, which in turn fuels our success as a company.”
So we wanted to ask Sarah a bit about her experiences at Clickstop. Check out her answers!
What is your favorite part about working at Clickstop?
The PEOPLE. Secondly, the work itself. I like getting to make a big impact with the work that I do.
Why is it important for a company to have core values in place?
People know what is expected of them when they have core values to hold themselves accountable to. Core values also unify employees and help recruit the right team members to join the Clickstop family.
How do you relate to the core value Make Time for Fun & Family?
We all have lives outside of the Clickstop walls, so don’t let yourself be torn between work and personal. It is all intertwined. Find something you are passionate about, work hard, and have fun doing it. When you’re bought in to the bigger picture of Clickstop, your day to day work becomes much more fulfilling. When you’re more fulfilled at work, you become more fulfilled in your whole life and it carries through to being a better spouse, parent, friend, and coworker.
What advice do you give to others who might be struggling to find balance with work and fun/family?
Evaluate your personal and work life and understand your priorities and goals. Priorities and goals change and that is okay. The key is communicating those changes with your leader when they arise and finding a solution that is fulfilling for you and your life. That’s what is so great about this place, your career is not put in a box, but it is up to you to drive changes forward.
What are your major goals at Clickstop? Where do you see yourself in five years?
My major goal is to make the biggest impact I can each and every day. I am not sure exactly what I will be doing at Clickstop, but in five years I know I will still be working here.
Everyone was very excited to see Sarah was honored with this award. Matt could especially see how she has embraced this core value.
“Everything changed for Sarah when she had her first child, Kalan. Her priorities shifted as a new mom and you could see it. She does an awesome job of getting her work done, managing her schedule, and still making time for her family. When she had her second child, Malea, she came back from maternity leave energized and jumped right back into her work, adding an immediate impact to the team. Overall, she’s a great example of the work life balance we promote at Clickstop.”
Finally, Sarah summed it all up perfectly…
“We work at an amazing company with amazing people, so take advantage of it and make your mark here. This is just the beginning!”
If you have been by Clickstop lately, you probably have noticed the finishing touches going up inside and around the building. We have been really excited to see the little details come to life. But sometimes the things that seem little to us, makes all the difference to people coming to visit our company, and even to some of the employees around the building. One of those things is the new signage going up in our parking lot.
Today, despite the extreme humidity, Mitch has been outside installing all of our new parking signs. (Thanks Mitch!)
We have added 4 styles of signs to the lot, reserving 15 spaces for various guests and employees.
First, and the most obvious, was our Clickstop Visitor Parking. Now when a guest comes to Clickstop, there are 8 spots reserved right at the front of the building. In the past, there as been a lot of confusion for visitors, and with these new spaces right next to the main entrance, nobody should have any issues finding the right door to go in.
Second, we have designated parking for our US Cargo Control visitors and customers. We took the logo colors, and mimicked the swoosh in the logo to help with our design. We love the look of these new signs!
Next, and very important for quite a few women in the company, we added Expecting Mothers parking! We have lost count on how many expecting mothers we have right now! But once the cold weather hits and we get our first ice storm of the season, these parking spots will be a hot commodity.
Finally, we have one parking spot left that needed assigned. The Rock Star Parking! Every quarter Clickstop recognizes one employee who goes above and beyond in their work and their involvement in our core values and code behaviors. So for a quarter of the year, they have their very own parking spot, right up front!
We have a lot more signage to design, indoor and out. But we feel excellent about this new addition to our Clickstop campus!
A consumer-friendly solar car build by Iowa State University students is making its way around Iowa this month, and Clickstop was lucky enough to get a visit on June 21st.
PrISUm, ISU’s solar car team, is comprised of 120 students. The car, called Penumbra, will visit all of Iowa’s 99 counties in June as part of an annual outreach to showcase the fully sustainable vehicle, as well as promote renewable energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Clickstop employees and community members were excited to check out the car. Penumbra will be competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia this October. The car is certainly a head turner, with its aerodynamic design and bright Iowa State University color scheme. The car took two years to design and manufacture, and has many features that can be found in present-day motor vehicles, including four seats, Bluetooth audio and wireless charging for cell phones.
Instead of gasoline or diesel fuel, Penumbra is powered by the sun. This recharges the on board batteries as the vehicle is driven. Completely charged, Penumbra delivers up to 200 miles. On a sunny day, a constant speed of 40 mph can be achieved without using energy from the batteries.
Employees at Clickstop were excited to see the innovation and hard work that went into the creation of this car.
To find out more information, visit http://www.prisum.org
I recently read an article about gratitude. In this article, the author talked about gratitude exercises; spending five minutes a day to think about or write about what you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be big and earth shattering. Your gratitude can simply be for the cup of coffee you had this morning. It can be about the new band you found that gets you jamming on the way to work. Whatever made you smile, laugh, or just put you in a great mood. Think about those things and reflect on them. What about it made you feel good? How can you bring that back into your life each day and share your experiences with others?
A simple exercise like this can truly change you.
At Clickstop, we love showing our gratitude for each other and for things in our lives.
For the last few weeks, employees had the chance to come to the media room and do a quick video showing appreciation for one or many of their co-workers. And even though many people are completely intimidated by the video camera, we had a good 30 or so people participate. Employees from every team came to express their gratitude towards the many hard-working, dedicated friends they have right here. Being behind the camera capturing these moments is exciting. Not only does it give me a daily dose of gratitude, but reaffirms the reasons I have chosen Clickstop as my career.
Last week we tied all of our gratitude together into one big celebration. For the afternoon, employees came outside to try to dunk a leadership team member in a dunk tank! Employees who recognized someone automatically earned a softball and anyone else could purchase softballs – all of the money going towards Clickstop Cares. We had basketball and bags games going throughout the day and Peppy’s Ice Cream even came to help everyone battle the heat. The day was a success and left everyone feeling refreshed and ready to conquer another week!
So if you ever need a pick-me-up in the middle of your day, just pause for a few minutes and think of the things you are grateful for. Let it soak into you and refresh your mind. Trust us, it is worth it.
Communicate: To share or exchange information, news, or ideas.
Openly: Without concealment, deception, or prevarication, especially where these might be expected; frankly or honestly.
Confidence: The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
Respect: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
We take our core values seriously at Clickstop, and Communicating Openly with Confidence and Respect helps keep the entire company moving in the right direction.
Communicating Openly with Confidence and Respect is an expectation at Clickstop, but is also second nature to all who work here. We all work so well together, it just happens, though doesn’t make it any less important. In order for us to improve as teammates, as individuals, and as a company, we have to hold ourselves accountable to great communication. We are always seeking to improve and grow, and through this core value, and efforts made by individuals throughout the company, we are hoping to do just that.
One person who has been running a program to get good and timely communication and feedback from employees is Britni Graham. Britni is our Talent & Engagement Specialist and has been with the company for 4 years. For almost a year, Britni has been conducting Pulse Surveys for our company. The Pulse Surveys are set up to… well, take Clickstop’s pulse! We want employees to have a way to anonymously give feedback around various topics. We then use that information provided by employees to strengthen or adjust things throughout the company.
Britni gave us a closer look into the processes and goals of the Pulse Surveys. Check it out!
Tell me about your role at Clickstop.
“I work to get out and promote Clickstop. I conduct phone interviews; screen resumes and partner with company leaeders to make hiring decisions that are highly aligned with Clickstop and our Core Values. I drive strategy for the development of high employee engagement and programs that support those initiatives; with this I am responsible for the development, organization, and administration of gathering the pulse of employee engagement and quantifying that information for the company as a whole.”
Why did Clickstop start doing Pulse Surveys?
“I had identified a need for the company to have real-time feedback. Our current avenues for this served the company well when it was smaller, but as we grow we need to ensure that our efforts to connect people and make them feel heard and appreciated are held in the highest regard. This is a way to connect leadership and the entire company with what employees are thinking, feeling, and perceiving.”
What type of information are we trying to find out?
“We want the good and the constructive. We want to promote open communication about various topics from company safety efforts to satisfaction with company leadership.”
How does Clickstop use the results?
“Leaders and contributors alike are given the results. We set an expectation of open and transparent communication, so all in the company can see how any individual team is doing. Putting the information into action is an expectation. Leadership uses their report to discuss themes that occur on teams; sometimes this can mean something needs to happen or a course needs to be adjusted because what is discovered.”
What are your overall goals when conducting these surveys?
“To embrace and cultivate a culture of open feedback. When people feel heard and connected, levels of engagement go up. A highly engaged workforce means that people have both an emotional and professional connection to their work and the organization. Clickstop works very hard to hire great people, and we have a responsibility as a company to create an environment that fosters everything that we stand for in our Core Values.”
Pick a Core Value and explain how it ties into the Pulse Surveys.
“I have two in mind. Communicate Openly with Confidence and Respect – None of what we do here or plan on doing in the future would be possible without sharing what we know, what we think, and what ideas we have. Personally, I am driven by Be Adventurous, Embrace and DRIVE CHANGE – specifically driving change. I am always eager to see the impact in what I am involved in. I am committed to making Clickstop even better than it is today.”
Where do you see Clickstop in 5 years? How do the Pulse Surveys help get us there?
I see Clickstop at least doubled in size, with the possibility of other locations. If this is the case, we will have the task of ensuring all are heard and connected. We have to set ourselves up with a sustainable program that keeps what is important to the experts that we hire, top of mind for the company. Pulse can play a huge part in the future of Clickstop.
As you can see, Clickstop has programs and people in place to keep the company moving forward. Pulse Surveys will continue to help us improve our processes, keep employees engaged, and help bring forward the best possible Clickstop.