Clickstoppers competed in the annual Clickstop Winter Olympics last week.
And let me tell you, it was a really fun event. All Clickstop employees were invited to form teams of four and compete in four separate Olympic events. We had 8 teams compete.
Team USA – Nick, Carson, Nate, and James
Team Antarctica – Chris, Jake, Troy, and Seth
Team Germany – Lacy, Eric, Brennan, and Sean
Team Norway – Jenny, Jamie, Dale, and Grant
Team Italy – Whitney, Harley, Alicia, and Brenda
Team Ireland – Jon, Phil, Leilani, and Kara
Team Seychelles – Tom, Tammy, Monica, and Scott
Team North Korea – Cody, Cory, Zach, and Casey
The Olympic events were all things that any fitness level could do.
However, unfortunately for us, there really wasn’t anything to do outside because we were lacking the most important part of the Winter games… the snow. In the past, we have done snow digs, writing in the snow with water guns, sled pulls, and other fun activities. But since we have had a mild winter (no complaints here!) the Thrive committee had to get creative. So all of our events were held in the low traffic area of the warehouse, and we tried to make them as fun as possible, sans snow.
When it comes to trust, there is no greater impact for a customer, employee or company.
Trust is what allows us to easily and quickly do business with someone, work through obstacles and commit our efforts to a cause. We will not follow those who we do not trust. We will get more done quickly if trust is established at the beginning of a relationship. This is the concept that the book “The Speed of Trust” is based on and what a few Clickstoppers have been reading. Our goal is to understand the complexity of trusting someone and being trusted.
‘There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization through the world – one thing which, if removed will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership. the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.
On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life. Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time.
That one thing is trust.’ -Stephen M.R. Covey
The Speed of Trust
2017 is off to a great start for Clickstop’s Wellness Program.
With January finished, and all of us Clickstoppers dreaming about warmer weather, Thrive has been busy kicking off 2017 with new healthy initiatives and exciting new events to bring wellness to our Clickstop community. To kick off the year, Thrive started their Misplaced Mass challenge. Any Clickstop employee was eligible to sign up. With a small $5.00 entry fee, participants will compete against each other to see who can misplace the most mass;that is, lose the highest weight percentage. The competition started last week and will continue through the end of April. There was a starting weigh in with our rep, Ashton, from PCDM. Ashton will be back for our midpoint and final weigh ins. The winner will receive the cash!
We had about 21 people sign up. Week one of the competition is finished and there are a lot of motivated people eating healthier and working out multiple times a week. Nothing like a little bit of competition to kick us into gear.
At the end of January, we also celebrated our accomplishments through our Duck Wellness program. In 2015 and 2016, employees could do activities to earn ducks. At the end of the year, they could turn their ducks in for prizes. Employees earned everything from fruit infuser water bottles, HyVee gift cards, and even zipline packages. Though the program was successful, the wellness committee decided to move forward with something new. So to help celebrate, Clickstop had a Ducky Retirement Party, complete with a potluck, dress up day, and a few games.
Other events planned for 2017 include our annual Winter Olympics, a Clickstop 5K, and we are currently forming a team to ride in the Tour de Cure.
If you have been keeping up on our last few posts, you know we are talking about Clickstop referrals. With our 150 or so employees, there are many unique stories about how people found Clickstop, how their lives have changed, and how their careers have excelled. Megan, Phil, & Brad were all looking for big opportunities and work life balance and found just what they wanted when they came to Clickstop. Ben, Tim, & Matt had different reasons for coming to Clickstop, but in the end they just wanted to be fulfilled in their lives and help build something great. They found that at Clickstop.
Now we have Erika, Josh, and Brenda. Erika actually referred both Josh and Brenda because she saw what they could bring to the company and how Clickstop could bring them balance within their lives. Why? Because it did for her. Josh said it perfectly when he told us that he can focus on his family because that is the type of culture that has been built here.
Check it out. Are you our next Clickstopper? Go to the careers page and apply now! We hope to see you soon.
Culture isn’t a buzzword at Clickstop. It’s the company’s competitive advantage.
Clickstop has been recognized several years in a row for its unique atmosphere and workplace values, including being named the overall Coolest Place to Work in the Corridor in 2014. The company’s culture isn’t a fad or phase, it’s a long-term investment.
“Culture is something you have to continuously consider and never allow to become complacent,” Clickstop Founder and CEO Tim Guenther said. “Continuous improvement of our culture is an essential part of our strategy and identity.”
Guenther started the company in 2005, selling ratchet straps and other cargo control equipment on the website, USCargoControl.com. Since then, the company has grown from a consumer website to an industry leader with a soaring business-to-business customer base.
In addition to US Cargo Control, Clickstop operates several other brands from its headquarters in Urbana. Products range from fasteners (FastenersPlus.com) to insulation (EcoFoil.com) and plastic storage containers (JustPlasticBoxes.com and SpaceSavers.com).
In the last decade, Clickstop has experienced rapid growth. It began with only one employee, and has since grown to more than 120. Guenther credits much of the company’s success to its talented team.
“Part of our strategy involves attracting high-performing people and placing them in a positive environment where they can accomplish their professional goals while still balancing their personal lives,” he said.
For many employees, that philosophy is what makes Clickstop extraordinary.
Employee Sarah Meinders appreciates that at Clickstop, it’s about the people. Each day, employees work to better the company while improving themselves at the same time. Meinders says she’s never worked anywhere where employees play such a vital role in shaping the company.
“Clickstop is more than just a job, it’s a place where people truly care about their own success and future and the success of those around them,” Meinders explained. “You are not a number at Clickstop, your ideas and opinions matter, and it is your responsibility to drive your own success here.”
Part of that success involves celebrating big wins as a team. A gong sounds off several times each day to mark a large sale. That loud vibration carries throughout the entire building, and is immediately followed by celebratory cheers, whistles and noise-makers from fellow team members. For employee Adam Shouse, that continual support is what he loves most about his job.
“Nobody is ever too busy to stop and help a peer who has a question or needs help,” Shouse explained. “We are all one big team working toward the same common goal and that makes working here special.”
On top of a positive setting and team approach, Clickstop also supports a strong work-life balance.
Employee Ashley Rambo says working for Clickstop has been life-changing. As a mother of three young boys, Rambo can balance being there for her children without having to sacrifice her own career ambitions.
“Having a balanced life doesn’t mean I can’t have a career,” Rambo said. “I don’t feel like I have to choose between my success and my family, and that is such a relief.”
Clickstop initiatives are also in place for those with a desire to better themselves on a more personal level. People can take advantage of nutritious meal options, free fruit and onsite workout facilities, as well as tuition assistance to further their education goals.
Employees are also encouraged to participate in a variety of company clubs and initiatives, ranging from an outdoor gardening group to volunteering for a favorite charity or even the company’s own nonprofit organization, Clickstop Cares.
“The people of Clickstop are who they are, and most of the time that means they are quirky, crazy, funny, wonderful human beings who would do anything for their fellow co-workers or members of their community,” employee Allen DeHeck said.
When it comes down to it, company leaders believe allowing people to become the best version of themselves will translate into success in all facets of their lives – including their work.
“At Clickstop, we want our employees to work-hard, but we also want them to feel fulfilled,” Guenther said. “Those values have driven our past success, and will guide us into the future.”
Clickstop received recognition as one of the coolest employers in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids business corridor. This year, it ranked fourth on the large category list of Coolest Places to Work compiled by the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ).
Clickstop is one of only two companies to place on the list three years in a row. Clickstop won the mid-size company category in 2013 before topping the list as the overall coolest company last year. Growth over the last year bumped the company into the large-sized categories, which ranked businesses with 100+ employees.
Clickstop CEO Tim Guenther accepted this year’s award along with his family and several employees Tuesday, June 16 during a breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids.
The 24 companies featured were recognized for creating some of the most engaging and rewarding work environments in eastern Iowa. Employee responses to a satisfaction survey helped the judges assemble the list.
“This award is especially meaningful to us because it’s based on honest responses from our employees,” Guenther said. “We want our employees to work hard, but we also want them to be happy.”
Clickstop owns and operates several brands out of its two facilities in Urbana, Iowa. The company serves diverse markets ranging from the cargo control and moving industries to energy efficient insulation, fasteners and plastic storage containers. The company began manufacturing tie downs and other cargo control equipment for its flagship brand US Cargo Control several years ago. Since then, the brand has flourished.
The company’s rapid growth trend has continued into 2015 as well. It recently announced plans for a multimillion dollar expansion that will bring an estimated 100 new jobs to the area. The new expansion is being driven by the company’s growing manufacturing sector. Officials expect to break ground on the project in the fall.
“A lot of great things are happening at Clickstop, and our award-winning culture has helped spur our growth,” Guenther said. “We’re excited to see what the future holds.”
During the Coolest Places to Work banquet Clickstop showed a fun video. Watch below.
Video by Amy Hummel