At Clickstop we love to recognize each other for doing great things, including living by the core values. We love seeing our co-workers step up to the plate and hold each other accountable for being the best versions of themselves. In Q2 Summer Smith joined Rhonda as a winner of the Communicate Openly with Confidence & Respect core value award.
Summer started at Clickstop just over 1.5 years ago on the Talent Enrichment team. When she started at Clickstop she worked on a little bit of everything – from engagement, to awards, and even the healthy food program. As her time at Clickstop has progressed, she has moved her focus to Community, helping grow Fuel, care for our facilities, and digging into our building expansion. Through all of her projects and initiatives, she always has had the core values top of mind, including Communicate Openly with Confidence & Respect.
“Core values help define what is important to us as a company.” said Summer. “They keep everyone striving to be better and they help us see how to be great. Also, and arguably most importantly, the core values are tools to achieve great things. They guide us in how we accomplish all that we do.”
Monica, the CTEO at Clickstop, agrees with Summer completely.
“Every company has values in place whether they talk about them or not. I think it is important to name your values because it connects people to who you are and the greatest version of how you want to work as an organization. Our values are the drivers of our work style and they’re a code of conduct in how we treat each other. Without values, I think we would have a hard time coaching one another and holding each other to the high standards we have a Clickstop.” said Monica. “The most important part is that we live them. Without action and living them out, they’re just another set of words. We should never lower our expectation of greatness in living each out and must quickly recognize where we’re falling short and work hard to correct and seek excellence.”
So we asked Summer and Monica a set of questions about the core values and what they mean to Clickstop. Check out their answers!
Tell me about opportunity at Clickstop.
“There is so much opportunity here it is insane! It is important that we all speak up about what interests us and what we are passionate about. It is the best way for everyone to develop into roles that fit themselves. Fuel has been a huge opportunity and continues to be. Everyone involved has had the opportunity to Think Big, learn and grow, and create something new and exciting. It has been so fun to be involved and I cannot wait to see the growth that is going to happen in the next few years.” – Summer
What is your favorite part about working at Clickstop?
“How cliche is it if I say the people? It is the truth though. There isn’t one person who I wouldn’t want to stop and catch up with, or go out to lunch with. They are all so great! And everyone is so hardworking, they all want what is best for the company. They each bring individual strengths to the table.” – Summer
“The people and the impact we’re making. I truly love what I get to do and the people I get to do it with. We’re not just building a profitable company, we’re building a workplace that cares about people and that we all care about in return. Creating exceptional culture is up to every single person and I love that this philosophy is understood at Clickstop. The teammates I’ve met at Clickstop have grown into many close friendships and I feel fortunate to have become a better person as a result of working alongside them. I think the people here have helped me (and patiently waited for me) as I’ve slowly become a kinder, more patient and better person. I wouldn’t be where I am without the people around me at work and I can’t express how grateful I am for that. Improving business skills and know-how is fun and enjoyable but it’s been ten times more fulfilling to improve as a person alongside so many people with such high expectations who really do care about me.” – Monica
How do you relate to the core value Communicate Openly with Confidence & Respect?
“Communicate Openly with Confidence & Respect is something I relate to because I really used to struggle with it (and sometimes still do). Through coaching from many of my leaders and peers, I have learned to be courageous in my communication. We move fast here. The only way to move as fast as we do is to live out this value.” – Summer
What advice do you give to others who want to embrace the core value Communicate Openly?
“Say the hard things. Give feedback when you have it, even if it wasn’t asked for. Be clear, be concise, and be respectful.” – Summer
What are your major goals at Clickstop? How are you going to make it happen?
“There are lots of goals that I have! I want to continue to grow the community team. I want Clickstop’s facilities and grounds to create an energy that is felt by everyone. Produce a profit from Fuel through external customers and be able to provide healthy food options to the surrounding communities. I want to grow the well-being of all employees at Clickstop through many different programs and initiatives.” – Summer
Monica put it all together perfectly when explaining why Summer was a great recipient for this award.
“Summer has demonstrated in this value and many others in the way she works with those around her. She expects greatness in herself and she inspires greatness in others in her communication. She’s confidently communicates expectations of our values and respectfully holds others and herself accountable to these. She seeks out meaningful input and perspective from others to improve herself and perseveres through difficulty by communicating effectively. She does a great job challenging herself and those around her through her communication and leaves audiences feeling supported and convicted in their shortcomings.”
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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!”
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.
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!
So far in our core value blog series we have seen how Wesley McElwee has been a prime example of how to Make Time for Fun and Family. We have also learned how important it is to Communicate Openly with Confidence and Respect through the examples set by Rhonda Giebelstein. Both Wesley and Rhonda show living the core values can help you achieve great things personally and professionally.
Another employee who is a core value champion is Justin Taylor.
Justin Taylor sporting his Expect Greatness t-shirt.
Justin Taylor started at Clickstop almost 3 years ago. He started on the Marketing team and transitioned over to the Business Intelligence team, where he has been rocking through data ever sense. Justin is a true Clickstop advocate. The people, the great opportunities for growth, the creativity, and the flexibility all keep Justin engaged in his work and the company. He knows how to pace himself, set big goals, and achieve anything he sets his mind to, which is why he was recognized for the core value Expect Greatness in Yourself and Inspire it in Others.
“Justin shares ideas and asks questions in a way that pushes everyone around him to be better.” said Director of Business Intelligence Krystal Talbert. “To continue producing the kind of results we expect at Clickstop, we have to keep pushing ourselves and the people around us to grow. Justin is a great example of someone who does this.”
Expecting Greatness means leading by example. Promote growth by listening, caring, and investing your time in other people’s development.
“Our core values provide a baseline for bringing people on board.” said Justin “When we can align behind these values, it makes everything else we do operate at a consistent high level. The values challenge people to improve and encourages accountability everyday.”
Justin knows the importance of having core values, such as Expect Greatness. “It is how we continue to accelerate people’s careers to meet their personal goals. It is how we continue to retain high performers and promote collaboration between co-workers.”
Everyone achieves more when we work together to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a team. When we build each other up, we build trust. With trust comes communication and success.
Justin wants to encourage others to expect and inspire greatness throughout the company. “Expecting greatness can take form in several ways. It is demonstrated through taking extra time to explain the process behind a decision. It can also be taking a chance on someone that may not have had the experience but is willing to learn. Additionally, it can be simply asking questions and working with others to achieve the best outcomes.” These are the behaviors we love to see our employees engaged in. When we take the time to learn and grow within our roles and even outside of our expertise, and then communicate what we have learned, the company can only grow stronger.
Justin is a little shy though when being recognized. “To be singled out in a company with so many people that exemplify these values everyday was a bit shocking. It is nice to be recognized and I feel encouraged that taking time to grow our staff and build up co-workers is valued at Clickstop.”
Well, we’re excited to see Justin is our first quarterly winner of the core value award Expect Greatness in Yourself and Inspire it in Others. Congratulations Justin!
Rhonda Giebelstein started at Clickstop in June of 2015. She is our Customer Service Manager and brings her A-Game every day.
Last week, Rhonda was one of six recipients of our first quarterly awards recognition for employees who are living out the core values. Anyone who knows Rhonda would not see this as a surprise. She is an employee that takes the core values to heart and is seen living them out daily. In particular, Communicate Openly with Confidence and Respect.
Great communication is vital to the success of Clickstop. We strive to be great communicators; sharing information, collaborating, being respectful, honest and open – these are all signs of an employee who understands the importance of great dialog. Alex Ledger, the VP of Sales, recognizes this in Rhonda every day.
“Rhonda does a great job of Communicating Openly with Confidence and Respect! She does a great job of being proactive, and is on top of sending important updates and reminders to the team. She holds herself and others accountable. I don’t know what we would do without Rhonda, she accomplishes so much for our team.”
For Rhonda, this is almost second nature. She loves being on a team and part of a company that encourages employees to collaborate on issues. When people are willing to take a moment and discuss problems and work to find the best solution, everyone wins.
“I believe communication is the key to success in most situations.” said Rhonda. “Simply communicating is not enough though. In order to be heard and understood you have to be sure you are being open, confident, and respectful. If you do not exude these qualities, it is likely that your audience will not hear what you have to say, and the line of communication will be hindered.”