Safety is a top priority at Clickstop. We want people to return home to their families at the end of the day with their health in an equal or better state than when they departed.
The Value of Safety
In a Manufacturing environment, efficiency is measured in seconds. Within production processes, steps that ensure safety can occasionally add time. This occurs when a movement, though safe, isn’t productive against the goal of moving the product through the production process. As the process is repeated, the lost production time multiplies.
During the process, an employee can find himself or herself in a quandary. How valuable is this step? It is tempting to gloss over a seemingly mundane safety step in exchange for a time reduction; yet, when the decision is measured against the financial and personal cost of an injury occurring, the scales tip in favor of safety.
A Culture of Safety
Ensuring a safe work environment requires gaining buy-in; helping team members understand why decisions have been made. Heather Hansen has been instrumental in helping to ensure the safety of our team members through her support and continuous improvement of safe practices. She has helped to reinforce safe practices by holding herself and her team members accountable. She has provided recommendations for improvement that maintain the standard of safety while simultaneously improving performance against the goal.
Thank you, Heather, for helping to drive efficiency while keeping us safe!
What is your role at Clickstop?
I am technically a “Manufacturing Associate” but within manufacturing, I am in a support role.
How long have you worked here?
I have worked at Clickstop for over 2 ½ years.
What brought you to Clickstop and why is it such a good fit for you?
When I started dating my husband, I had my first encounter with anything Clickstop. My sister-in-law had just come back from her honeymoon and she showed us pictures of her desk turned into a large snow globe filled with packing peanuts. I knew then that I would love to work for a company that does that sort of thing for their employees. She told me they were hiring for the warehouse, I applied, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made!
How do you help keep safety top of mind at Clickstop?
Working in a warehouse, safety has become second nature to me as there are a lot of hazardous things going on around me. If I see something dangerous, instead of expecting someone else to do it, I just find a solution right then. I encourage others to do the same.
What advice would you give to others who want to make our workplace safer?
The rules are there for a reason, as silly as some of them may be, they are there for a reason…just follow them! If I see something, I do something, and I encourage others to do the same.
What do you appreciate the most about being a Clickstopper?
My family is my number one priority, my boys will only be little once. When they are sick, I am lucky enough to be able to take the time off I need to spend with them. I appreciate that family is just as important to Clickstop as it is to me.
When you think about your future at Clickstop, what words/thoughts come to mind?
Fortunate is the first word that comes to my mind.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Change is a constant at Clickstop. When I started here, I had a hard time adjusting to a large change. My manager was very understanding; he coached me, he invested in me and I have grown, not only as an employee, but as a person too.
What can we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Probably picking up about two hundred Hot Wheels or wiping butternut squash off of my son’s face, out of his hair, the table, counter, my shirt and anything else he managed to get it on.
What’s your favorite and least favorite food?
Oh man, where do I even begin….I would have to say my absolute favorite food is sesame chicken with white rice from The Lotus in Vinton. My list of least favorite food is pretty large. It’s more of a category: anything spicy.