Category Archives: Culture

Benefits of investing in a workplace 401(k)

Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Saving for retirement may not always seem pressing, but it’s crucial to think of the future and plan ahead. One of the best (and easiest!) ways to save for retirement is through a workplace 401(k). If your employer offers this benefit but you’re not quite ready to invest, have no fear! Check out our top benefits of investing in a workplace 401(k), and get saving in no time.

Take it with you throughout your career

Don’t plan to stay with the same employer until retirement? No problem! Most 401(k) plans can be transferred from one employer to another, so you can continue to grow your investment even if you switch jobs. If you do make a career change, learn about your new employer’s eligibility guidelines, as new hires may need to wait a period of time until they can make 401(k) contributions.

Match funds may be available

Many employers who offer a 401(k) plan also set aside match funds for plan participants. This will vary from one employer to another, but can help boost your investment so more money is available at retirement. To maximize savings, be sure to contribute at least the value of the employer match. In any 401(k) plan, be aware of the vesting period, or the time until employer-match funds are owned by the employee. The money you contribute toward a 401(k) will always be 100% yours, but employers can choose when their matching contributions belong to the employee.

Consistent and automatic savings

One of the hardest parts of saving is remembering to set money aside, but a 401(k) makes investing easy. Simply set your contribution parameters, for example 2% of each paycheck, and watch your savings grow. Investing this way not only ensures consistent contributions, but helps prioritize saving by taking money out of your paycheck before it reaches your bank account.

Also, 401(k) plans often have a much higher interest rate than a traditional savings account, allowing you to turn small contributions into meaningful gains over time.

Multiple options for taxes

Depending on the type of plan, you can reduce taxable income and liability – either in the year you make the contributions, or the year you withdraw funds. A traditional 401(k) involves pre-tax contributions, allowing you to defer paying taxes until you withdraw funds. This reduces your taxable income in the year you invest, and can even help bump you into a lower tax bracket and reduce tax liability. A Roth, however, allows you to apply taxes at the time of investment, and then withdraw funds tax-free in retirement. This is great for those who expect their tax liability to increase in the future.

Whether you picture yourself traveling the world or spending time close to home, we hope these tips help your retirement dreams come true.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has job opportunities available nationwide and in a variety of business functions – from marketing to management, and everything in between. Check out current openings online and apply today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Cultivating a positive office culture

Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Creating a great culture at the office is one of the most important things a business can do for their employees, and for their own success! Employees who look forward to coming into work each day will be more productive, create better relationships with coworkers, and will stay longer than employees who don’t enjoy their workplace. Wondering how to create a great culture? Here are our top five tips.

Have fun together

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Tailgate lunch for the Michigan State University vs. University of Michigan football game

Employers often think they need to plan extravagant outings to make their staff happy, but sometimes simple, more frequent events can make a bigger impact. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we have happy hours or lunchtime barbecues biweekly throughout the summer and into the fall. Hosting a happy hour is incredibly simple, and starts by sending out an invite a few weeks in advance. On the day of the event, just set out some beverages and snacks, pull out the cornhole boards, and send a quick reminder email when it’s go time!

Outside of company-wide events, you can create other opportunities to have fun. You can organize a trip to a new restaurant in town, rent out a movie theater for your staff and families to view the new Pixar movie, or even recreate an interesting video that has been circulating online. Our Home Office team recently got in on the mannequin challenge action and had a blast – check out the results on our Facebook page!

Get mission-driven

Mission can be an incredibly powerful driver of company culture. Many companies have a mission statement, but don’t talk about it as often as they could. Highlighting your company’s mission can help get everyone the same page and working toward the same goals. This not only energizes your teams, but provides an understanding of what’s important and why. You can start small by sharing company stories on social media that show team members living out the mission, or printing cards that explain the company’s mission statement to give to new employees.

Be consistent

One of the biggest struggles with employee culture is gaining and keeping up momentum. You don’t want your efforts to falter, but rather build and get better over time. The best solution to this is consistency. Whether it’s offering a set opportunity to volunteer on the third Thursday of each month, or sending out monthly newsletters with birthdays and exciting upcoming events, consistency is key, and it will show your staff that your efforts are there to stay (just as you hope they are!).

Encourage outside activities

Sharing part of our culture - to be your best and have fun!

Sharing part of our culture – to be your best and have fun!

Not all employee culture events happen within the physical building of an office. Encouraging outside activities can allow employees to relax and connect with others in a way they may not be able to at work. One easy way to do this is offering to sponsor a recreational softball, dodgeball, or kickball team.  Not only will this help with employee appreciation, it will help support your marketing and recruiting efforts as well.

Ask for feedback

The most beneficial thing you can do for your employee culture is asking for some good, old-fashioned feedback. This can be as formal or informal as needed. Try to reach people who participate in events and initiatives as well as those who don’t, and from various departments. Ask what they like, what they don’t like, what they would change, and what excites them. Who knows, you may have 100 avid book readers who would love time and space for a book club once monthly, or three whole departments who enjoy playing the same card game.

Pro-tip: Set a goal for participation if doing a formal survey. If your goal is met, everyone gets a reward – win, win!

Two Men and a TruckOnce you’ve laid the groundwork for creating a great culture, take a step back to observe your progress. Are team members finding new ways to collaborate on projects, offering input to improve the company, or referring their friends for open positions? These are all great indicators of success!
If instead of creating a great culture you’re looking to join a great culture, look no further than TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. View open positions and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Career New Year Resolutions for 2017!

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Written by Erin VanPortfliet

We all know the typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, or begin long overdue home improvement projects, but what about career resolutions? It’s no secret that many people struggle with career-related stress. The average American spends about 30% of their life working, so feeling stressed at work can impact your entire life! But don’t worry – if there’s a will, there’s a way. Sometimes we just need a little help to get moving in the right direction. Use our helpful tips to develop (and stick to) your career resolutions this year!

Make a plan with actionable steps

The most important steps in kicking off a career resolution are determining your goals and developing a plan of attack! How many of us have made New Year’s resolutions and never accomplished them? I know I have! It is imperative to develop plans with practical steps and reachable goals. Ask yourself, what do you want more or less of in your career? Do you want less stress, more flexibility, or more responsibility? Once you’ve determined your resolutions, ask yourself, what are the steps I need to take to reach my goals?

For example, if your resolution is to be “less stressed” at work, what are some steps you can take to decrease stress? Can you organize your time better or schedule fewer back-to-back meetings? You can start preparing your calendar two weeks ahead of time, or look at each week in advance and reschedule any conflicting appointments. Being proactive is a great way to eliminate stress from your daily schedule.

Communicate

This may seem very basic to most people, but communication with your team or manager can be one of leading causes of stress at work. It is key to make sure you understand what is expected of you. Asking for clear and concise details on new projects – such as deadlines or specific subject matter – is key to completing a successful work assignment or project. Also, feel free to communicate your career resolutions to your coworkers, manager, or mentor – you may be surprised at how others want to support your goals.

Understand your department’s goals

This is very important to being successful with your career resolutions. In order to excel and achieve greatness within your company, you must first understand the goals of your department, and what your role is in helping to get there. Are you revenue generating, support staff, or customer service focused? What is your department’s mission? The answers to these questions will help to give you a “big picture” perspective of how your personal career goals fit with your current role.

Be accountable

Bring integrity to your resolutions. Being accountable for your actions says a lot to your manager and coworkers, and should apply to career goals as well. If you make a mistake, own it and do what you can to fix it! If you say you are going to do something, do it! Simply put – be someone that you would want to work with. If it helps, write down mini-goals that can be accomplished more easily and keep you on track.

Work life balance

This one probably isn’t a new fresh idea, but it sure is an important one. You can’t expect to be happy with your job if you aren’t happy outside of work. Schedule time to do things you are passionate about, whether it is a hobby like painting, or just simply going to catch that new movie you’ve been wanting to see! Life isn’t just about working, it’s about having fun, too! Don’t forget to make time for friends and family – everyone needs a support system!

After you’ve worked toward your resolutions, if you still are not feeling a relief or seeing a change, sometimes it truly is time to start looking for a change. Check out careers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for new opportunities and like us on Facebook to receive regular updates!

Happy New Year from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

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Mary Ellen Moves Careers Forward

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Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

The Mary Ellen Moving People Forward® Scholarship program has come to a close for a second time, and we have a winner! Jason Washburn, of Boston, Mass., will be trading in his title of multi-unit general manager to become a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. As the scholarship winner, Jason was awarded $50,000 to help him open his own franchise, in partnership with his current franchisees.
This scholarship program is named after TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, and is a unique way in which we live out our core purpose to move people forward. Program participants have the chance to win $50,000 to put toward opening a new franchise, and also experience career growth in the process, as the program is designed to prepare for business ownership. Over the course of a year, participants meet with franchisees and Home Office staff, complete assignments, attend trainings, and develop a business plan – all while maintaining their role as a manager within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.
Three quarters of managers within the franchise system got their start with the company on the frontlines as a mover, driver, or customer service representative. Our scholarship winners are no different – Randi Bloodworth, our first scholarship winner, started out as a customer service representative. She quickly worked her way up to office manager before winning the program in its inaugural year and becoming a franchisee. Similarly, Jason Washburn started as a mover and took on more responsibility, rising to the role of multi-unit general manager before becoming our second scholarship winner.

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The dedication, perseverance, and enthusiasm our scholarship winners have shown in growing their careers as well as the business makes them an excellent fit for franchise ownership with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. In partnership with the franchisees who helped her get her start, Randi opened her franchise in Pearland, Texas, in March 2017, and Jason will open his new franchise in New Jersey in March 2017. This year, we also recognized the program runner-up, Dan Pettit of Grand Rapids, Mich., with a $10,000 scholarship to put toward opening a future franchise.

“The talent that we see from the scholarship program participants is immeasurable,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “For more than a year we get to see managers from different locations throw themselves into learning every facet of the franchise business model, while building their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knowledge base. We could not have asked for better candidates than Jason and Dan. The two worked so hard throughout the duration of the program, utilizing the support of their franchisees as mentors each step of the way. These heavy lifters are committed, not just to excelling in their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers, but are dedicated to the expansion efforts of this entire system. We are so proud of Jason and what he will do for this brand in the New Jersey market, and we are so excited to see where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will take Dan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® leaders.”
Congratulations are in order for Jason, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s newest franchisee! We are excited to see you  take on your new role and expand the brand throughout New Jersey. Check out Mary Ellen presenting Jason with his $50,000 on our Facebook page to see his great reaction!

Looking to move your career forward? Franchise opportunities are available, as well as frontline, professional, and management positions nationwide. Check out our careers website and apply online today!

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CELEBRATING THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS

Written by Jon Barrows

Hidden within every company are the often unsung heroes who work with customers in an attempt to sell a product, offer a service, or handle an issue. Within the walls of the Customer Relationship Center here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we are proud to have a team of such individuals. These heroes of customer service and sales often arrive before traditional working hours and are still responding to customers long after most office lights go out. Interfacing with Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) is often the first interaction our customers will have with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. These men and women represent the quality and standards we as a system have set delivered for more than 30 years

“Sales start and end with customer service. We are the first people within a company the customer reaches out to. It is our duty to make everyone’s experience the best,” said Quality Assurance Team Lead Lauren Neal. “With that being said, this job is challenging and celebrating National Customer Service Week shows the customer service world we care and understand how hard they work on a day to day basis. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® really appreciates you all!”

crc1We are proud to take part in the nationally recognized Customer Service Appreciation Week. Partnering with our internal “Fun Committee”, comprised of CSRs from all teams, tiers, and experience levels within the Customer Relationship Center, we set up a series of fun and engaging events designed to express just how thankful we are for all our team members!.

We started the week out with “Favorite T-shirt Day” where we encouraged our CSRs and support staff to wear their favorite (work appropriate) t-shirts which allowed them to show off a bit more of their personalities and to get to know their coworkers a little better. We also brought in food for our CSRs on this day to ensure we kick-started the celebratory week.   “Team Pride Day” followed, and we encouraged everyone to wear their favorite team colors. Green and white were two VERY dominant colors present on Tuesday, in support of nearby Michigan State University.  crc2On Wednesday we all got in touch with our inner nerd as the team dressed like nerds with a “best nerd of the shift” prize being voted on by their peers. Embracing our ability to be fun and flexible,   team members partnered up and dressed like the other person, on Thursday. Ending the week on Friday, we brought back the 80s – a crowd favorite! This week was incredibly fun for the whole team, and we recorded a live stream of how we celebrated this week, available to be viewed on our Facebook page.

Customer Service Appreciation Week is an homage to spirit week, a tradition many of us experienced in our high school days; and is done for comparatively similar reasons. It is a chance for customer service professionals to blow off some much deserved steam, band together as a family, and celebrate all the success a year’s worth of hard work has brought. So to those CSRs within the Customer Relationship Center, the Customer Care Specialists within the Customer Care team at Home Office, and to the CSRs all across the system; be it within the states or one of the many countries TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® calls home, we thank you for all you do.

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Want to join our team of amazing and fun customer service representatives? We’re hiring for the Customer Relationship Center in Lansing, Mich., as well as locations nationwide! Visit our careers website to learn more and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Why I Love Working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Emily Sham

The best places to work aren’t always the tech companies and start-ups with nifty perks like slushy machines and napping pods. Sometimes, the best places to work are just down the road, with a focus on community and unlimited opportunities for all team members. In the moving business, one company sets itself apart, and here are a few reasons why I love working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

Opportunities for growth, career advancement, and movement within the system
One of the best things about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is that the opportunities are endless within the franchise system. Movers can become mangers, and even one day open their own franchise. I started out as the marketing manager for the Jackson, Miss., franchise and slowly began taking on more of a sales role within the company. I was soon promoted to the sales and marketing manager and oversaw our two customer service representatives, one in home consultant, and one assistant marketer. This all happened within a two-year span of being with the company. Moving towards my third anniversary with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we opened a second location in North, Miss., in which I temporarily moved and helped with the startup of that franchise. I focused on the sales and marketing, while still overseeing the Jackson office. Within three years I have advanced in my career and had the opportunity to help with a startup franchise, all while gaining awesome relationships all over the state of Mississippi.

emily5Opportunities to give back to the community
My absolute favorite part about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is being able to give back to the community. Our franchises are constantly working with local non-profits in our areas and participate in Movers for Meals during the fall and  Movers for Moms® during the spring. At our Jackson franchise we are heavily involved in the American Cancer Society Tennis Classic, which is held in memory of our franchisee, Jeff Taylor’s, wife Becky. I have been the event chair for the tennis tournament since it started in 2014. We have had support from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises from all over, Home Office, as well as the founding family. This support for our local American Cancer Society really shows how great our system works together to give back. The chance to give back while I wear the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® name makes my job not only exciting, but rewarding on a personal level.

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Making a difference during a stressful time in life

When I was interviewing for the marketing position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® three years ago, Mr. Jeff, our franchisee, told me moving was one of the top three stressors in a person’s life, along with a death and marriage. When the phone rings you never know the customer’s walk of life, or what they are about to unveil to you. I strive to focus on each customer with individual detail  to make them feel as if they are the most important person I have talked to all day. We have an “employee recognition wall” hanging up in our dispatch area, and there is a particular customer who we moved in February 2015 who wrote a very detailed email thanking everyone involved with his move.

In his email he wrote, “I decided to call the listed contact number from the website and had the pleasure of speaking with Emily. Emily explained the services TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® could provide, asked me questions about my particular needs, and offered suggestions to help make the move less painful. She was professional, engaging, courteous, and extremely helpful. I felt that she really wanted my business, and that she really wanted to help me out. She quoted me a reasonable price and told me she would also email me that quote within about 30 minutes. After hanging up and waiting for about half an hour, she delivered the quote on time. The quote was detailed and conveyed exactly the information we had previously discussed….

Larry, Eric, Emily, and Jonathan need to be recognized for their spectacular efforts to make my move seamless and pain free. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was well represented by this fine team of professionals, and they should each receive recognition for doing an excellent job. From start to finish, each of these folks did their best and provided a high level of customer service and attention to detail. Taken as a whole, this team reflected positively on the business and your brand. Seriously, this is how a business should be operated!”

Customers who appreciate what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can offer them during one of the most stressful times in their lives is what makes this job so fulfilling.

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Being part of a larger system

I was two weeks into my new job with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® when I was sent to Home Office for Frontline Annual Meeting. I remember wanting to learn as much as I could about the history, the brand, and the basics of what the company was all about. It didn’t take long to realize the 100+ other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® representatives were also there doing the same thing, with the same passion. I was able to meet Home Office employees and other marketers, customer service representatives, and managers in the system who I still have relationships with today. Working within such a large system allows you expand your reach much further than you could imagine. I also have been blessed to be able to attend a marketing training session at Home Office, as well as two Annual Meetings since starting with the company. To see how far the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as a whole has grown in the three year span I have been with the company makes me really excited to see what the future holds.

emily3There is always something new happening
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s middle name should be “change.”  There is never a day that is the same as the last, but this is one of the best things about working here. I will admit I have personally laughed and cried to a customer, my boss, and a mover/driver before. I take a lot of pride in my job and sometimes put a little too much “passion”, as Mr. Jeff calls it, into whatever I am doing. The constant changes and the constant unknowns is what keeps me on my toes and makes the job exciting.

Lastly, my favorite thing about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the relationships I have made throughout the years. From local business owners, to other employees, I have grown so much as an individual and I owe that all to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  The staff in Jackson, Miss., and North, Miss., are incredible and they really make working here fun. When you walk into our offices people always say they feel like we are having too much fun, and that is because we are. We have some of the best employees  who love what they do and make where we work a fun place. I also have to give TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® credit for introducing me to my husband! If I wouldn’t have accepted the marketing position three years ago I wouldn’t have met my husband and I wouldn’t be awaiting the arrival of our little baby. I cannot wait to introduce little Taylor Marie Sham to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and how much this company means to her daddy and me.

 

emily1Emily is a Sales and Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in Jackson and Horn Lake, Mississippi. As part of her role, Emily especially enjoys chamber events and meeting people, and everything related to community involvement and holiday events.

Ready to make a career move? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! Check out open opportunities and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw

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Written by Katie Peterson

Each summer, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., hosts a group of interns looking to further their careers and learn a little bit more about their perspective fields of study. Our program pairs each intern with a manager in the department of their choice who assigns them projects and teaches them all they can in their short, three months together. This week, we are introducing two interns from the logistics department, Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw.

Hunter Block

Hunter is heading into his sophomore year at Cedarville University in Ohio. He is studying Spanish and global business. Hunter hopes to work overseas someday and use his Spanish-speaking skills in his career. This summer he is working in the logistics department at Home Office. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hunter!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Hunter picI enjoy lifting weights and playing sports like soccer and golf (I’m probably better than my brother, I hope he doesn’t read this). I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I also enjoy traveling and have been to Europe, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Peru. I would love to continue traveling in the future. I really like camping, too, especially if it’s by a lake.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a personal trainer when I was younger because I am really into health and fitness and lifting weights. I thought it would be a rewarding experience to help other people meet their goals.

What’s your favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Meeting and hanging out with all the other interns is really fun, everyone is pretty cool. I really like the other employees here, too. The environment here really separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies. They are very intentional to make sure their employees have fun. It’s great to see how much they really care about the customers and meeting their needs and expectations, and it is obvious why they are one of the top moving companies in the country.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want people to see me as being compassionate and helpful. If someone needs me, I want them to know I will be there to help.

Is this your first internship/how did you learn about it?

No, this is not my first. I had an internship last summer at my family’s company, Block Imaging, in the marketing department. I learned about this internship through a friend who was an intern here last year and had a rewarding experience.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I come to work in the morning, usually I check my email and work on whatever I have assigned for that day. My projects so far have included organizing data and working on processing for the Value Flex long-distance moving service.

Thanks so much for everything you are doing to help TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer, Hunter! Your work ethic and great sense of humor help make Home Office a great place to be.


Stephen Lipshaw

Stephen is going to be junior at Michigan State University this fall majoring in applied engineering sciences with a concentration in supply chain management. Stephen is working in the operations/logistics department at our corporate office this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Stephen!

Tell me about yourself.
Stephen L picI am really big into sports. I love the Detroit Red Wings and most MSU athletics, especially basketball and football.  Traveling to France is on my bucket list. Humor is a big part of my life. If I got up in the morning and didn’t laugh all day long, then why did I get up?

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an NBA player for the Detroit Pistons. Preferably number 32.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like the environment, it’s more relaxed than a typical office. They treat you like an actual employee here and not just the stereotypical “intern” getting coffee. What I think separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies is the atmosphere, specifically how friendly and welcoming everybody is.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be known for making everyone’s day a little bit better every day.

Is this your first internship?

Yes, this is my first internship. Actually Randy (President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®) was giving a presentation at one of the groups I’m involved in at MSU and he asked if we all had internships. I did not have one at the time, so he pulled me aside after his presentation and told me about this opportunity. I applied with his recommendation and here I am.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

My assignments are pretty hard. I’ve been working on the newly introduced Value Flex long-distance moving service, which provides long distance moves in 16 ft. portable containers at an affordable cost. It is a challenge, but it’s very fun. It’s great to be challenged by a summer job. For my past summer job I worked at a quick-serve bakery and my only challenge was figuring out how many pastries I could take home at the end of the day.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I get here at 8 a.m., and really every day is different. I like it though because routines get boring for me.

Stephen’s great attitude about life and his ability to be challenged by the new opportunities that come his way are assets that greatly impact us here at Home Office. Thank you for everything you do here, Stephen!

Are you a college student interested in moving your career forward? Summer opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

 

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Workplace Tips: Keeping office attire professional during the summer months

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Written by Chelsea Leser

In addition to sky-high temperatures and burgers on the grill, summer months bring along a change in wardrobe. Navigating what to wear in the office during the summer can be a tricky balancing act between maintaining a professional image and staying comfortable. For those whose jobs don’t have a set uniform, follow these simple tips to refine your professional wardrobe this summer.

If you would wear it to the beach or gym, leave it at home.

This is a great test to determine if an article of clothing is suitable for work. If you’ve lounged in it at the beach or it’s part of your regular work out attire, it likely doesn’t belong in your office rotation. For shoes, flip-flops are a summer favorite, but a more structured shoe is best for the office. Wedges or flats are great for ladies, and men can opt for loafers or dock shoes. Similar for tennis shoes, which are great for basketball but can squeak on office floors and the casual style makes them look out of place in most offices.

Attire2Layer for comfort.

Heating and cooling systems are not always perfect. Many buildings have areas that are cooler than others, and require wearing layers to minimize discomfort. Layer a sweater or blazer over a light shirt to stay warm, and this also allows the chance to remove the outer piece if you head outside. Win, win!

Ask if you’re unsure.

Some companies have a written dress code and communicate it well, and others require a bit of investigation. Before donning a questionable outfit, note what others wear and clarify any questions with your supervisor or HR department; they will both be happy to help. Asking questions is key, as many workplaces have some aspects of the dress code that you may not expect – for example, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office allows staff to wear shorts on jean days, provided the shorts are of an appropriate length and cut.

Always remember …

When choosing what to wear, always keep attire clean and free of stains, wrinkles, and holes. Utilize a local tailor or find a reputable dry cleaner to maintain suits and professional separates.

 

Ready to put these tips to work with a career change this summer? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! With over 300 locations nationwide and opportunities ranging from entry-level to franchise ownership, we’re sure to have the right fit for you. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 2016 summer internship program has begun – meet the team!

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Written by Chelsea Leser

Warmer weather brings vacations and suntans, and also marks the start of many summer internships. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., 19 new interns have received their name badges and computers, and are excited to tackle new projects. This year’s internship program includes students attending schools as close as East Lansing-based Michigan State University and as far as New Orleans-based Tulane University. Each intern will focus on a project plan within each department ranging from marketing to IT, learn about different aspects of the franchise system, and complete a wrap-up presentation at the conclusion of the internship. Interns also have mentorship opportunities and chances to participate in exciting events throughout the summer at the office, as well as in the community.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s internship program is just one of many ways we move people forward, not only for customers, but for careers. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® President Randy Shacka began as a marketing intern 14 years ago! Randy has an engineering degree, and had no idea that his internship would be the start of a great and rewarding career.

To kick off our summer intern blog series, meet Corinne DeVries! Corinne is in her second summer as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® intern. Last summer, she supported the marketing team, and this summer she will support human resources. A Michigan State University graduate and avid rower, Corinne is already making an excellent addition to the team.

Corinne-DeVriesWhat interests you about human resources?

Throughout my college career people would ask what I wanted to do with my communications degree. There are so many things that I liked to do and so many things you can do with a communications degree that I was having trouble deciding. So, last year I decided to try out the marketing side of communications, here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. As much as I enjoyed marketing, I couldn’t see myself doing it every day as my career. My advisor thought that my personality would be a perfect fit for HR. I thought I’d give it a try and the atmosphere at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® created such a great experience for me last summer that I came back to try HR here, and so far I’m loving it.

How did your marketing internship last year help you grow?

My marketing internship last summer challenged me to come out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in a couple of ways. It helped me become more outgoing as well as more creative with writing. If you meet me this year, you probably won’t believe that I used to be the shyest person on the planet. I have always liked talking to people and interacting, but I would never approach anyone new. Last summer, I had the opportunity to go around Lansing, Mich., and Mount Pleasant, Mich., doing grassroots marketing where I had to come out of my shell a little bit. I not only had to say more than hello, but I introduced myself and talked to different apartment communities and senior living communities, about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and why they should promote TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to their residents. Along with becoming more outgoing, I was given creative freedom with blogging. When I arrived at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® they said, “Here are some general topics you can write about and when you complete them, we will post them our blog site.”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish in your internship this summer?

Although my main goal is to learn more about HR to figure out if that’s what I want to do after obtaining my master’s degree, my first goal and challenge to myself this summer is to be more outgoing and meet more people than I did last year. I want to meet at least one person from every department, not including the interns. I think I got off to a strong start though, I introduced myself to each intern as they came into the meeting room on the first day and I had all of their names memorized five minutes before our supervisor came in to meet us all (and there are 19 interns this summer). As for my main goal, I want to learn about and experience as many aspects of HR as I can, even if they take me out of my comfort zone.

What’s next in your life after your internship?

I just graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in communications and health promotions. After this internship I will be returning to MSU to achieve my master’s in communications.

CorinneWhat has been your favorite thing about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

I love the atmosphere and the people. I have been on a team of some sort ever since I was 3 whether it be soccer, basketball, track, golf or rowing. I love being in a team atmosphere and at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® I really feel like part of a team. Everyone I’ve met is friendly and willing to help each other. I think the core values that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® instills is a big part of what makes working here such an enjoyable and beneficial experience.

What is your favorite Instagram account?

My favorite Instagram account to follow is @shortandsnarkyrowing. It’s run by a couple of coxswains. I was on the varsity rowing team all four years of my undergrad. The coxswain is the little person that steers the boat (and no, they do not yell “row, row, row” repeatedly, haha!). Anyway, @shortandsnarkyrowing makes a lot of rowing memes that I find very entertaining.

We’re excited to have Corinne on our team. Subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook for more intern blog series posts!

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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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