Clickstoppers live by our Core Values. Think Big and Make it Happen, Communicate Openly with Confidence & Respect, Expect Greatness in Yourself & Inspire it in Others, Be Adventurous, Embrace & Drive Change, Promote a Winning Team Spirit, and Make Time for Fun & Family. We guard these values closely and see them every day in our work. We get excited to see employees embrace these values and help promote a collaborative experience within Clickstop.
One person who can be seen achieving and promoting these values is Sharyl Voss. Sharyl is one of our earliest manufacturing employees. She has worked in many areas of the department and comes to work with a smile, ready to tackle the day. It wasn’t a surprise that she was presented with two tickets to see The Price Is Right Live.
“Sharyl is awesome for starters and I wanted to do something to show her that I appreciate what she does every day. Not just a gift card but an experience that would mean something to her.” said VP of Manufacturing, Scott Keeling, who surprised Sharyl with the tickets. “I heard her talking in the Bistro one afternoon with Joan – she was talking about how she really wanted to go to the show.” So Scott decided to make that happen. Describing Sharyl as a person with an “awesome attitude that inspires those that she works with,” Scott presented her with the tickets and told her to have fun.
“We are lucky to have Sharyl, she is an awesome teammate and our company and department would not be the same without her.” said Scott.
So, let’s find out what she thought of the experience!
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.”
At Clickstop, one of our core values communicates the importance of making time for fun and family. There are several activities happening around the company that allow employees to escape their desk, get outside and get active.
This afternoon was a great example. A small group of people, many from different teams, met outside to play a round of disc golf. The sun was shining and the sky was a perfect, light blue. It was the kind of day that demands to be captured in a photo or postcard. The group split into teams and away they went, the wind carrying their brightly colored disks away from them. People laughing, smiling and genuinely enjoying the company of their co-workers.
See, this type of moment is what Clickstop Culture is all about. We don’t want people to dread coming to work. We don’t want them to be cooped-up sitting at their desks dreaming of what else they could be doing on a beautiful day. We want them to take a well deserved break, and have a little fun at the same time.
No, that doesn’t mean we spend hours playing disc golf instead of getting our work done, but we do see value in letting people escape however they see fit. Whether that means a trip to town for lunch or a round of disk golf. It’s really up to you how you want to have fun.
Video by Amy Hummel
“Working at Clickstop is not really like working at a job. It is like playing on a team. It is fun and you are committed. You want to get better at what you do and help the team win!” – Leslie, Purchasing Specialist
“I love working for Clickstop because I am motivated by the big things we accomplish every day. Plus, we still have the small company feel.” – Joe, Director of Service & Support
Make Progress Towards Your Dreams and Goals Every Day
Pursue perfection, acknowledging that it can’t be attained, but that along the way you will achieve excellence. Be courageous and accept that it won’t be easy; great achievements never are.
Be your best self – never settle. Prepare for what’s next, even if it’s not yet on the horizon; your preparation might be the reason it becomes possible. Be strong. Embrace feedback as it will only make you better. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Do the hard things. Speak the truth. Be wise and compassionate. Make time to think beyond limits. Don’t make excuses. Encourage others and compliment generously. Be humble. Be honest. Forgive. Learn new skills. Laugh. Have fun. Have a positive outlook. Be grateful.
This is how you can make your dreams a reality.