Being an employee-owner is a mindset. Embracing that mindset and being a leader in fostering it in others takes courage.
And, Jen Dobel has that courage.
Jen’s courage comes through her pursuit of understanding those around her. When she leads with this empathy, she creates trusting relationships that are critical to her role as Human Resources Manager. Hearing other perspectives, being open to feedback, and finding common ground, allows Jen to take courageous action on behalf of herself, employees, and Clickstop.
For these reasons and more, Jen is our Q4 Courageous Award Winner!
What else did Jen’s nominator have to say? Here is a snippet:
Jen is the backbone of HR at Clickstop and embodies everything it means to be an employee-owner. She is passionate about taking care of both employees and Clickstop and continually makes recommendations for how she believes we should approach situations but remains open to feedback and working to an amicable resolution. She challenges teammates that don’t embrace the core values and hold them accountable to be the best Clickstoppers they can be personally and professionally. As a result of Jen’s efforts, teammates are treated fairly and are aware of all options for their given circumstances. Jen’s emphasis on helping employees while protecting Clickstop is a great asset to Clickstop from a legal standpoint.
Get to Know Jen Dobel
What is your role at Clickstop?
Human Resources Manager
How long have you worked here?
What was your most meaningful accomplishment in Q4?
Hiring another HR Coordinator to join our team.
What is one area where you have been seeking growth and how have you been taking action on it?
I recently approached my manager about stepping into a formal leadership role as the manager of the HR team and we made the transition in the fall.
How do you want to challenge Clickstop in the future?
I continually challenge Clickstoppers to think and act like the employee-owners that we are. This is our company and we need to act like it every single day.
How has the Clickstop Code impacted you personally and/or professionally?
The Clickstop Code is something I continuously refer to so I can ensure I’m aligned and remember the things that really matter. Instead of making a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, I pick one word to be my theme for the year in all aspects of my life. Ironically, the word I selected for 2022 is courageous. Being courageous is not something that comes naturally to me, so keeping it at the front of my mind encourages me to have tough conversations in both my personal and professional life. It pushes me to get comfortable being uncomfortable, which led me to set some lofty fitness goals for the year too.
What word or phrase do you hope describes the growth and impact you made in 2022. And why those words?
I want to look back and say WOW! Look at everything I accomplished and all those goals I crushed. Look at those memories I made with the people who are important to me. I’m a very lucky woman. WOW! Look at the amazing volume of work my team pushed through and the efficiencies we gained. Look at all the people we touched, the employee experience we provided, and the benefits we’re able to offer. Look at everything we’ve learned and how we’ve grown together as a team. Look at the amazing people we work with. Last, but certainly not least, WOW! Look at our amazing share price!
Who inspires you to be the best version of yourself.
My son, Landon. He is 9 and I know I’m biased, but he is such an amazing kid. Whether he is working out beside me at the gym (the kid loves ab circle), trying to help me meal plan and grocery shop, encouraging me to read during his nightly reading time, or reminding me to sit down and snuggle while watching TV, he is constantly pushing me to be the best version of myself.
About 1.5 years ago, we opened our home as a licensed foster and adoption home. After years of being the only child and having my undivided attention, Landon embraced the kids who have spent time in our home. He is an amazing helper and so patient with younger kids. His big heart and compassion for others constantly pushes me to share the best version of myself with the world.
What’s something from the past you wish would come back in style?
Sadly, I’m old enough that the styles from my teenage years are back in style now…even the ones I wish we would have left in the past.
What is something you dislike that everyone seems to like?
I don’t like coffee.
Describe yourself in a hashtag.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Chapstick, Diet Dr. Pepper, my phone
What’s your current TV obsession?
90 Day Fiancé
What book should everyone read?
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life by John O’Leary
What song can you listen to on repeat?
Good Vibes by Chris Janson
If you could make a documentary about anything, what would it be about?
My family. I fear there are so many stories, memories, heirlooms, and knowledge that are going to get forgotten and not passed down through the generations.