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!”
Today we continue our core value blog series with our California boy, Sean Waters.
Sean joins Wesley, who showed us what Making Time for Fun and Family was all about; Rhonda, who knows the importance of Communicating Openly with Confidence and Respect; and Justin, who Expects Greatness in Himself and Inspires it in Others. Sean is easy to spot at Clickstop because he is the poster child of our core value Promote a Winning Team Spirit.
Sean started at Clickstop almost 2 years ago after moving to Iowa from California. Since the day he walked through the doors at Clickstop, he has truly embraced the culture, the people, and the work. Sean is a sales specialist on the Bing team, where he helps customers and supports our Eco Foil, Fasteners Plus, Space Savers, and Just Plastic Boxes brands.
“Sean brings energy and positivity with him every day,” said the Bing General Manager Tammy Karr. “He cares deeply about the spirit of the team and will go above and beyond to make sure everyone at Clickstop is having fun while at work. He definitely makes our team energy AWESOME! Each of us brings different strengths to the team and Sean owns and embraces his strengths to make the team successful.”
The core values are our foundation and building blocks. They propel us towards meeting our mission statement. Sean understands the importance and knows the core values influence each and every one of us to be better, in turn making the company better. “Believing in our company and leadership gives me the motivation and excitement to drive a winning team spirit in all others. It’s very exciting thinking about where this company came from and where it is going. Just thinking of this gets me pumped and drives me to creating a fun and entertaining work place. Being able to put smiles on people’s faces is what it is all about. A happy smiling face is contagious, and I feel people are more productive when they are in good spirits.”
Tammy definitely agrees with Sean and sees the core values in action through Sean daily. “Whether it be on Thrive, filling the need of an additional board member for Clickstop Cares, motivating us in the gym, or recognizing when someone needs a smile put on their face, you can count on Sean to jump in and make a difference. And let’s be real. Have you ever met anyone with so much energy?”
Reflecting on being the first ever recipient of the Core Value Award for Promoting a Winning Team Spirit, Sean thinks of the dad from A Christmas Story. “It is amazing, a true honor. I won my own leg lamp!”
Finally, Sean encourages everyone to stay positive and motivated. Embrace the core value by talking with as many people throughout the day as possible. Send funny, positive memes or messages through email, or just make sure everyone knows they are valued.
Congratulations on this “Major Award” Sean! It is well deserved!
Clickstop is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Dream Big! Scholarship.
Clickstop is committed to supporting the dreams and goals of youth in our surrounding community. These students are our future talent that may someday work alongside our existing workforce. It is important that we strongly support continuing growth and the career pathways of youth; investing in our future talent is critical to the success and sustainability of our business.
“After receiving 20 applications, our scholarship selection committee was inspired.” said Sarah Watson “The students are doing exciting things in the community through activities, volunteerism, continuous learning, and overall having fun! It was a great experience to learn more about their future goals and desire to make a long-term impact in the area.”
The committee included Clickstop team members from various teams/roles in the company: Warehouse, Finance, Sales, Manufacturing, and Talent Enrichment. The committee discussed all twenty of the applicants and narrowed it down to the final four. The scholarship recipients were determined based on:
- Relation to our Core Values
- Community involvement
- Characteristics from their recommendation letter
- Taking time to enjoy life and have fun!
- Overall fit of a future Clickstop team member
The four winners are Alexa Brooker, Aspen Hepker, Emily Blake, and Rylie Conway. Check out the winners future goals and accomplishments!
Alexa Brooker is a senior at Center Point-Urbana High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall.
Alexa plans on pursuing a career in genetics after a biology class helped her discover her love for it. “I have always been amazed how everything works and I want to know more. I want to know why some people have higher chances of getting illnesses than others. I want to help people cope and find a way for them to live a longer life even with an illness.” said Alexa. To get to this point, she is going to get her masters and work as a genetic researcher. “I have been fortunate that I have had few relatives with cancer, but other families are not so lucky. I want to find genetic markers and find ways to prevent cancer, cope with pain, and live healthier lives.”
Alexa is an active member in her church, participating in the fall festival. She is also an altar server. Alexa has also volunteered at Vinton Saves the World. She coaches u13/u14 girls soccer, and is active in softball, cross country, soccer, basketball, the student council, math team, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society.
Congratulations Alexa on all of your accomplishments and winning the Dream Big! Scholarship.
Aspen Hepker just finished up her senior year at Vinton-Shellsburg High School and is planning to attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall.
“I recently had the privilege of interning with Mrs. Mathis’s 1st grade class at Tilford Elementary.” said Aspen. “That experience has reinforced my decision to follow my passion for teaching. Helping to guide young children and making a difference in their lives are my ultimate goals. I want to take part in shaping the values of our future generations and be able to impact the lives of children.”
Aspen keeps busy working with various organizations, including VPRD, Vinton Public Library, and Tilford PTO meetings. Aspen thrives on helping others but also finds value in networking and building up relationships with people in the community. She has organized blood drives, supported community events, assisted with children’s programs, pitched in to help communities overcome natural disasters, and has done fundraising and helped initiate the development of new community programs. Aspen is truly making a difference in her community.
She is also active in VS Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she is the Cheerleading Cheer Captain, is in the Treble Choir, a member of Prairie Creek Christian Church, and part of Vinton-Shellsburg FFA.
Aspen has shown through her high school career that she is enthusiastic and creative. She believes in teamwork and understands the importance of giving back.
“It is not only rewarding and strengthens my character, but it is the foundation of building a network of valuable connections. I understand the importance of family in your personal and professional life.” said Aspen. “Communication is key to successful relationships. Never stop learning and growing. Life is about achieving success, but it’s also important to have fun and make memories along the way.”
Congratulations Aspen on all of your accomplishments and winning the Dream Big! Scholarship.
Emily Blake also just finished up her senior year at Vinton-Shellsburg High School. Emily plans on attending the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a career in elementary education.
“My career goals are to attend UNI to earn my degree in elementary education and a minor in either math or science.” said Emily. “I have felt a connection to younger children for as long as I can remember and have always felt the need to volunteer and support my community. My desire is to inspire young people to become leaders by getting involved in their community.”
Emily strives to be a role model for young children by showing them kindness and promoting goodness in others. She knows that honesty, character, leadership, and enthusiasm are all traits of a successful person. “Teaching gives me the opportunity to share these important qualities to children by example. I will mirror these values that are important in making good, honorable, future leaders.”
Emily has volunteered throughout her community, within the school, and specifically with Vinton Parks and Recreation. She even started her own volunteer project for The Birthright Center of Cedar Rapids where she purchases, designs and donates baby onesies, bibs, and socks to mothers in need. She is involved in her local church, being an altar server for the past seven years. In school she participates in band, choir, softball, volleyball, basketball, golf, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is the NHS Treasurer. She also interns at the elementary school as a teacher associate in a 3rd grade classroom.
Congratulations Emily on all of your accomplishments and winning the Dream Big! Scholarship.
Rylie Conway is a Senior at Center Point-Urbana High School and is planning to attend Central College in the fall.
Rylie has had a dream to be a teacher ever since she was little. She is going to major in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish to make that dream come true.
“I absolutely love kids.” said Rylie. “I have had previous experience working with kids during high school work experience. I worked with two different Kindergarten classes, and I loved every second if it. I didn’t hesitate to take the class again this year. I love being able to work with kids and help further their education. I cannot wait for the day when I have a classroom of my own.”
Rylie has set several goals for herself after high school, including attending Central College. She plans on being an active member of campus, and would like to be a member of the choir so she can continue her passion for singing. She also has set her goals high, planning on studying abroad. “I love Spanish and traveling, and I think it would be an amazing experience to be a part of a different culture and see their traditions.”
Rylie finds volunteering and community service to be a big part of her life and a big part of her character. She volunteers at her church and school. She has volunteered at Vacation Bible School and the church’s Fall Festival. In school she has helped organize a dance marathon with the National Honor Society where the event raised over $7,000 which was donated to the Emmalee Jacobs Foundation. She is also active in volleyball, jazz choir, large group speech, individual speech, Spanish Club, the spring play, Take Charge, and is the soccer team captain, the show choir dance captain, the student council secretary, and the National Honor Society secretary.
Congratulations Rylie on all of your accomplishments and winning the Dream Big! Scholarship.
One of the most amazing things about Clickstop employees is their unwavering commitment to help a good cause. Whether it is buying Christmas gifts for a family in need, supporting the graduates who have achieved so much despite obstacles in their way, cleaning up the ditches in the spring and fall to beautify our little corner of the world, or coming together to show a fellow employee that they matter. Clickstop employees are the BEST. If you have not visited our company and experienced it first hand, you are missing out because it is truly amazing what we can do together.
Yesterday was a prime example of Clickstop employees stepping up to support a good cause.
Earlier this year, Joe and I (this is Amy, btw) decided to form a Clickstop team for the Tour De Cure, hosted by the American Diabetes Association. Their mission, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those with diabetes. So, in order to raise money to help find a cure, the Tour De Cure was formed. People across the United States can sign up to ride their bicycle, raising money for the cause. Diabetes affects the lives of millions of people. So if Joe and I are able to ride our bikes and raise money for a good cause, we are in.
So we formed a team and decided to throw a spaghetti lunch and bake sale.
(yes, we know… bake sale and diabetes do not really go well together.)
All Clickstop employees were able to have a plate of spaghetti, salad with all the fixings, and a slice of garlic bread for $6.00. Baked goods were up for grabs for $2.00 a piece. Joe made some wonderful crunchy cookie bars, I made my famous lemon cupcakes and some Special K bars, and Lacy donated a chocolate cake with some amazing vanilla frosting. (It is a secret family recipe). We also had some items up for grabs in a silent auction.
Remember when I said that Clickstop employees always step up?
THEY STEPPED UP. The support we felt was amazing. The bistro was full the entire lunch hour with employees enjoying their spaghetti and salad. The baked goods quickly sold out, and we had some nice bids on the silent auction items. We had employees donate their time (Lacy with the wonderful cake and Debbie helped Joe and I prepare the meal. THANKS!) and we even had some much appreciated free will donations. A few employees brought in their family members to enjoy the food and company of this incredible team.
All together, we made $603.01!
WOW! We are so excited.
So now, on June 24, Joe and I are going to gear up and ride the 50 mile route in the Tour De Cure. That gives us plenty of time to practice. And with the support we feel from our coworkers and friends, 50 miles is going to be a walk in the park.
And we want YOU to join our team!
Our team is supporting the American Diabetes Association because we want to make a difference. We want to lead. We want to inspire. We want to empower! We want everyone to have what we get in our lives everyday. The ability to Make Time for Fun and Family. The ability and support to Promote a Winning Team Spirit. We want you to feel Greatness in Yourself, and Inspire it in Others. And most of all, we are motivated to Think Big and Make it Happen. Join our team, meet some great people on the ride, and have some serious fun.
Join our biking team or donate to the cause here.
Find out a little bit more about Joe and me below!
How long have you been into biking?
My dad was into biking for a long time while I was growing up. I never really got into it until after I graduated college. But once I started getting serious about biking, I was hooked! It has been about 10 years since I started biking seriously, and hope to do it for the rest of my life. – Joe
Around 10 years ago RAGBRAI came through my hometown. I remember driving around with my mom and dad to check things out and I told my dad that I would love to do that some time. Dad was excited, mom thought we were nuts. The next year he bought a bike and started riding. I wasn’t working for a company that gave me much vacation time so I couldn’t join him right away, but six years ago (almost exactly a month before I started at Clickstop) I rode in my first RAGBRAI and have been riding ever since. I get to hang out with my dad and two brothers a lot during the biking season. We all love it. – Amy
What types of rides do you usually participate in?
We haven’t participated in many rides since my brother and I started having kids, but we have participated in TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) which is a two day back to back century ride, traveling from Davenport to Dubuque on day one, then back the next. We have also ridden RAGBRAI several times in the past, but I have not been in a couple years. I am looking forward to getting back into it! -Joe
This year will be my 6th RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). I LOVE it so much. There is nothing like getting up at 5am and hoping on your bike and enjoying Iowa. Plus, It is usually the hottest week of the year and I love the hot weather. I also usually ride in RASH ride, which is a 50 mile bike ride around Buchanan County. My dad and I have ridden the Lake to Lake ride a few times and the Sturgis Falls ride as well. And of course, just riding all weekend long and after work too. -Amy
Why did you decide to be a part of the Clickstop team for the Tour De Cure?
I have been wanting to get back into organized rides and this was a great opportunity for that, while supporting a great cause. My grandmother lived with diabetes for many years before she passed away, and after watching her struggle with the disease, I thought it would be a great legacy for her to participate in an event that raises money to combat the disease. – Joe
Last year my dad, mom, aunt, and I went to Texas so my dad and I could participate in the BP MS 150 – a bike ride that raised money for MS. It felt good to ride for a cause. We had a great time with family, but it made me really appreciate the exciting and incredibly friendly rides right here in Iowa. So when this ride came up, I decided to go for it. It is a good cause, and my brother-in-law has diabetes so it feels good to help a cause that impacts his life everyday. – Amy
Clickstop employees donated a lot of money to the cause. What does that mean to you?
This means a lot because I was worried about being able to raise our team contribution on my own. Clickstoppers always come out in a big way to support causes in the community and events that their fellow Clickstoppers are passionate about. We would not have been able to do this without the support of our friends and family at Clickstop. Thank you everyone for participating in our fundraiser! – Joe
Everyone at Clickstop knows that I love riding my bike, so to feel so much support for my hobby is amazing. Then add on the fact that they would help raise money for a cause that affects so many people, it is just amazing. What a great group of people. -Amy
Why is it important to you to ride for a cause such as this?
Events like this help raise money and support causes that would otherwise not get the kind of attention and fundraising that is needed to combat ailments that do not have a cure. I am supporting this event as a tribute to my grandmother who struggled for many years of her life, and hope to support a cure for others who are still struggling with diabetes. – Joe
I love being able to be physical to help raise money. I feel like I can help out a good cause, while promoting activities such as biking (or running!). – Amy
Why is it a good idea to join the Clickstop team?
It will be a fun way to get together outside of work and support a great cause! – Joe
The more the merrier! I know a big bike ride can seem intimidating to some people, but there are multiple ride options. A 25 mile ride, a 50 mile ride, or even a 100 mile ride. Any biking level can join and still have fun. Plus, you will get to hang out with some really cool people, meet some of the friendliest individuals on two wheels, and you will be supporting research that could bring on the cure for diabetes. Join us! You will not regret it! -Amy
Amy at the Mississippi on RAGBRAI
A couple years ago, a bunch of my Clickstop friends chipped in and bought me a banana hammock for my bike. Check it out!
Joe enjoying a nice bike ride!
Last week Clickstop got to experience one of the most delicious days of the year, our annual Chili Cook Off!
Six employees entered the competition, their sights set on the coveted traveling trophies. Even though only six employees entered this year, we still had some incredible chili to judge. As soon as lunch time hit, employees swarmed the Bistro, ready to taste test each, deciding on which was the best in each categories. The categories included Best Original, Best Spicy, and Best Unique. Luckily, we had 2 in each category, though one, a Spicy Chicken Chili, was a spicy/original hybrid. Cheese, sour cream, and Fritos were available to top everything off. And we also had some cornbread made by our Chef, Zach. A perfect addition, and a nice neutral treat that came in handy between the spicier entries. Thanks Zach!
After a few hours of a constant flow of people testing out the Chili and picking their favorites, the votes were counted and the winners were crowned! The winners were…
Jamie – Best Spicy
Danee – Best Unique (Second year running!)
Tammy – Best Traditional
We want to thank all of the individuals who entered into the competition. They were all amazing, it was definitely difficult to pick the winners!
Life is crazy. One minute you are living your normal day-to-day life. You get up, shower, eat some breakfast, and you are off to work. The next minute you are celebrating a big event, or making a big move, going on vacation, or maybe just spending the day relaxing. At Clickstop, we want every employee, and each family member of our employees, to feel secure in the knowledge that life happens. We want our employees to work hard and play hard at Clickstop and at home. That is why one of our core values is Make Time for Fun & Family.
In our company history, we have made this core value a showcase of our company culture. And it is just as important today as it has ever been. At Clickstop, we currently have 6 expecting moms! SIX!!! We also have 2 gentlemen that have wives that are expecting. And there are two ladies out on maternity leave at the moment. Whew… LOTS OF BABIES! So we wanted to ask the expecting moms of Clickstop about Make Time for Fun & Family.
From left to right… Rachel, Tammy, Bri, Sarah, and Sara are all expecting! And they look beautiful!