Monthly Archives: May 2016

Creating great culture through community involvement

Written by Chelsea Leser

Cultivating a positive workplace is imperative to business success. Emphasizing culture enables companies to have tenured, happy employees, which leads to satisfied customers and business growth.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office often combines two core values to achieve this goal. By fusing “be your best and have fun” and “give back to the community”, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® enlivens employees while giving back. Here are four ways we make this happen.

Create a team

The most successful community efforts in the workplace are those driven by the team members, rather than by management. Create a team to encourage and promote efforts, and ask people from all different teams to join. The community engagement team at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office organizes fun activities throughout the year which benefit local charities while cultivating engagement in the workplace. Since this team represents all different departments, members are able to gather feedback from the whole company on what people enjoy doing or would like to see in the future.

Movers 4 MomsGrow previous successes

If there’s a community initiative your staff absolutely loves, make sure to bring it back year after year. Movers for Moms® is one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s annual community support programs which gathers personal care items for moms living in women’s and family shelters. The greatest part about this program is that it is centered around Mother’s Day so mothers in need can feel loved and valued through a difficult time. The teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are enthusiastic about this program and have grown its success tremendously. This year, locations were able to help thousands of moms living in shelters, thanks to the dedication of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members  and those in the community.

Think outside the box

When we think of “community involvement”, events such as charity jeans days or blood drives often come to mind, but getting creative will cultivate excitement. For example, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s CEO Jeff Wesley is participating in the annual Dapper Dads event in Lansing, Mich., which raises money for Women Working Wonders, a charity that supports women’s health. To get everyone involved, the community outreach team at Home Office created a very unique raffle. Each vote a team member casts earned them a raffle ticket to enter to win one of 13 different prizes. Allowing team members to designate each vote to a prize of their choosing has created fantastic buy-in and interest. This has also created friendly competition within the office, which has generated even more votes cast and money raised for a great cause.

Raffle

 

Get social!

Don’t forget about the influence and reach of social media. If there is an initiative you’d like to drive forward, share it! Get your team, and the community, involved by creating a contest. Each like, share, or comment can count as an entry to win a great prize. A charitable component could be added to this by allowing the winner to split the prize with a charity of their choice.

Are you interested in being your best and having fun while giving back to the community? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! Positions are available from California to New York, and many locations in between. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Transitioning to an internship

Interns

Written by Lauryn Cummings

Have you seen that movie, The Intern, starring Robert DeNiro? You know, the one where the 70-year old intern, Ben Whittaker, gets to follow Anne Hathaway around all day? Unfortunately, that’s not really what it’s like. But after watching the movie and transitioning to my own internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I found there are several good points that apply toward every day, real-life interns.

Learn everything you can
First, you need to be willing to learn absolutely anything and everything about the business. Learn about your job, the company, the culture, and how to work well in your office environment. As cliché as it sounds, an internship is a learning experience. You have to keep an open mind and a positive attitude, because for many interns, this is the first glimpse into your future career. You can gain a vision of what  your work life can be like, and there will be really great aspects to take away from it. Not every job is perfect and having an internship allows you to gain knowledge of the things you like and dislike doing in the “real world”. If you’re really lucky, you’ll love every part of your internship. But if you’re not so lucky, just remember skills can always be taught, but the right attitude cannot. Be open and willing to take on projects and make mistakes once in a while It’s the only way to learn!

Embrace core values and culture
Learn to embrace what your new company is all about – that is, its core values. Most companies have a set of values that truly define what they are about and what they expect from their employees. My favorite core value here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is THE GRANDMA RULE® – to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma treated. Knowing what these values are and learning how to incorporate them, not only in the office setting but in your personal life as well, will only help you to succeed. Take the time on your first day to learn what your company stands for and what you can do to put these values into action in your own life. This will help to mesh your company’s goals with your personal ones, and that can only guarantee success!

Find a balance that works
Being an intern for the first time can feel overwhelming with all of the new responsibilities and information, so it is very important to take the time to balance your work schedule with school. Staying organized is key for a good work-life balance! Communicating with your manager is also critical when balancing your time.


Take initiative

Take initiative and ask questions! No question is a dumb question. I’m sure you’ve heard that one before, but it’s true! Being the “newbie” around the office can be challenging so make sure if there are things you are uncertain about, you ask them early on. It is not expected that you know absolutely everything right away. That is what managers and co-workers are there for. It also helps to take the lead when you can. Show your manager you are willing to take on as much as you can and help out the team when needed.

Lastly, your internship is a great time to acquire as much “real world” experience as you can and to develop your skills so you can become a professional in the work place. Like we learned from our good friend Ben Whittaker, being an intern is a really awesome experience, so make sure to enjoy it!

Lauryn CummingsLauryn is a student assistant at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Michigan. As part of the Human Resources team, she focuses on supporting franchise recruiting and retention efforts. Lauryn will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University in the spring of 2016.

Want to start a new internship with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Summer internship opportunities are currently available at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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