You have to love that holiday time when we can all relax, slow down, eat some grub and loosen the belt buckle a notch or two. And that’s just what we did…

My thought is that a company holiday party should be a time to relate with employees and co-workers on a much more personal level. I enjoy it thoroughly! I spend an entire day, shopping for Christmas gifts for each employee, hand-picking something that I think is going to mean something to them.  Each employee is on my mind while I shop on Black Friday.  Other companies may choose different holiday traditions, but it’s my hope that this means more to them, knowing they’ve been thought of as more than just an employee.

This approach does take a little more energy but hopefully personalizes it as well.  It helps me connect more with my employees, even if they don’t realize it. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year in my office and miss being back in the shop with the boys. Mainly the camaraderie and how it lightens the day. Keeps things from becoming too heavy and has a sense of gratification. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

We look to this company holiday party also as a time to recognize past successes and celebrate them.  We were nominated for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) for the third year in a row in 2013.  Our employees really get a lot of pride out of that recognition.

2013 was a time for professional development for several of our employees and managers.  Three of them advanced further in terms of responsibility, playing a key role in helping several new hires get acclimated into the company.  They basically mentored the new employees on both company culture and processes.

Last but certainly not least, we rolled out several innovative ideas in 2013 and I am very proud of the contributions our employees made. We all get a kick out of creative problem solving, like the R & D that went into the Stone Creek Coffee Cup in downtown Milwaukee and the complex lighting system we built and installed in the Amazon office in Seattle.

Looking forward, we’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline for 2014, such as the Crossing Signal Mosaic in California and a new system of signs for the baggage claim area at General Mitchell International Airport.  I’m also heading to Florida in a couple months to receive an ISA award.

Good times, Great year!

So if you haven’t heard it from me before, you’re hearing it now or again…INCREDIBLY PROUD OF OUR TEAM HERE! They truly keep it a passion for me.

Thanks everyone!

Adam

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