As many of you know, this week Earnest Machine’s HR department was honored with Crain’s Excellence in HR Awards winning in the Employee Experience, private company, category. Not only did this evoke a lot of emotion and reflection, it prompted many conversations among co-workers, friends, family and strangers. I loved talking about what it is that I do at Earnest Machine and sharing the myriad of reasons as to why we won the honor. Like my president said, it is not about the pool tables and food at work, it truly is about the connection you make with each and every employee.
From late May through early October, Cleveland Sight Center clients who are blind or visually impaired set sail with a team of sighted mates and skippers on the waters of Lake Erie.
When you consider that the Archimedes screw was invented in the 3rd century B.C., there’s no doubt that the fastener industry is mature. Really mature.
And that perception of being an “old” industry can make it hard to hire the talent you need to grow your business. It’s difficult to attract Millennials to shiny fasteners when there are lots of shiny new tech businesses vying for their attention.
So what’s a fastener industry executive to do?
Earnest Machine was recently recognized as an organization that has demonstrated cutting-edge practices with the Smart Culture Award from Smart Business magazine. Earnest was one of 28 Northeast Ohio organizations honored by Smart Business for using company culture as a competitive advantage.
According to Kirk Zehnder, president of Earnest Machine, the company prides itself on living its core values, which—although they may seem basic—drive everyone to be great at their jobs. Those values include:
• We do what we say we will do.
ROCKY RIVER, OH—September 2, 2016– Earnest Machine is proud to be named to the NorthCoast 99, a regional program that recognizes the top 99 places to work in Northeast Ohio! Winning companies were honored at a recognition dinner on September 22 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, drawing over 800 guests. The 2016 award marks the fifth straight year in a row that Earnest Machine has received the award.
“It’s a whole new Earnest” states Earnest Machine president Kirk Zehnder as the 67 year old company is putting the finishing touches on a customer-focused campaign built around the premise of “How can we help you today?”.
A lot of stapling, typing, paper folding and back-to-back meetings in cold conference rooms. Back in my day, the only thing I learned from attending "Take Your Child To Work Day" with a friend's mom was how mundane office work can sometimes be. But, as we know, desk jobs are important and necessary.