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What Makes a Standout Employee: Profile of Past President’s Award Winners

Bev Lohs

Every fall, IWCO Direct employees are given the opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of their peers by nominating them for the President’s Awards.

Human Resource Managers for our Hamburg and Little Falls campuses, Diane Ohlinger and Sheila Olson, collaborated with me to explain how this employee recognition program highlights the incredible talent and ambition within our company.

President’s Award Categories

There are a number of categories in which an employee can be nominated, ranging from awards like Corporate Initiatives that recognize an individual’s efforts toward safety or green initiatives, to broader categories like the Team Player award. This category showcases employees who work well with their teammates, volunteer for projects, look at challenges as opportunities and positively support team leadership.  Our Personal Commitment award reflects employees who have a strong work ethic, are well respected and exhibit determination.

Winners Show A Variety of Skills & Ambition

One winner for Team Player last year worked in our production area.  In addition to his role as an Operator he was also a back-up to the shift team lead as well as a member of our Safety and First Responder Team.  This employee was eager to learn and it showed as he worked overtime, learned a new role and did not hesitate to react when something needed attention.

Another employee was recognized for Service Excellence. Service and delivery are key in our industry and day-to-day operations. This employee played a vital role as the mainstay on an important account and worked long hours to ensure no questions from a client went unanswered. She led her team and others to understand the client expectations and requirements needed to be successful.

The reason President’s Award winners are so remarkable is that they go above and beyond the immense amount of skill and willingness to learn and grow that it takes to work at IWCO Direct. When we begin to fill positions, we look at a specific skill set that the job requires. These skills vary for technical positions such as Information Technology which requires development, design, support and analysis or Equipment Technicians which require critical thinking, assessing and problem solving. In addition to technical positions, we have a variety of production level jobs such as Quality Auditors, Printer Operators and Machine Operators in a variety of departments. Yet, despite the variety of positions and the skills they require, employees who have solid communication skills, dependability, initiative, drive and the ability to get along with others tend to be the most successful.

At IWCO Direct, we are typically looking to fill a variety of positions at any given time. Currently our key openings are Mechanics, Equipment Technicians, Machine Operators and Printer Operators. For prospective job seekers who are interested in IWCO Direct, we will be attending the St. Cloud, MN, area job fair on September 23 at the River’s Edge Convention Center. In addition, we welcome students to visit us at the UW-Stout Career Conference in Menomonie, WI, on October 14 and 15. In Pennsylvania, we will be attending two job fairs sponsored by the County Career Link Offices in the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville on September 24 and the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading on October 15. For more information on our openings, please visit our Careers page.

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2014/09/05/employee-recognition/
Bev Lohs

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Bev Lohs

Vice President of Human Resources. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and IWCO Direct team member for nearly 20 years. Favorite award or recognition: Random acts of kindness. Personal business philosophy: “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual” – Vince Lombardi. Loves summer boating, winter dogsledding and the Green Bay Packers.

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