Category Archives: 5 Office Must-Haves

5 Office Must-Haves: Jim Williams in Accounting

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Jim’s role: Staff Vice President in Accounting

Job in a nutshell: Leading a team that ensures the accuracy of Leggett’s financial information, reinforces the integrity of internal controls, and continuously improves existing processes.

Jim Williams FINAL

  1. Calculator – Because I’m an accountant.
  2. Dilbert Calendar – Deadlines are important in accounting: month-end, quarter end, year-end, plus quarterly and yearly audits. This calendar keeps me up-to-date and on track, while Dilbert keeps me laughing.
  3. Red Stapler – It’s a Swingline. I’m honoring a great movie by keeping this stapler on my desk.
  4. Fountain Pen – I write with a fountain pen because it’s like a trip back in time.
  5. Mr. Potato Heads – This is just a sampling of my collection! My first two Mr. Potato Heads were Darth Spud and Spud Trooper from Star Wars. I saw them in an ad and my wife surprised me with them for Christmas. Over the years, my team members have gifted me many others to expand my collection.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Randi Preece in Environmental Affairs

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Randi’s role: Corporate Environmental Auditor

Job in a nutshell: Helping operations maintain federal and state regulatory environmental compliance and implementing the Eco Initiative.

  1. Jacket – My office is freezing!
  2. Calendar – Call me old school, but I can remember better if I physically write down meetings, appointments, and to-do’s.
  3. iPhone Mobile Charging Pack – I travel a few times per month for environmental audits. The charging pack holds three full charges for my iPhone, which allows me to pass time at airports and on flights. I hate worrying about a dead phone!
  4. Coffee – My morning pick-me-up. I prefer two cups in the morning (maybe one in the afternoon) and I take it black — no cream, no sugar.
  5. Map – Whether by map or GPS, I’m always navigating new cities. I have a giant map of the United States on my office wall, and it helps when I’m planning the next few months of travel for work.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Justin Kohley in HR

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Justin’s role: Talent Systems Administrator

Job in a nutshell: Managing the systems and data used to recruit, set goals, review performance, develop employees, and conduct succession planning.

Justin Kohley

  1. Notebook – Whether scribbling in a notebook or typing in OneNote®, I’m constantly taking notes. These tools help me learn, remember, and stay organized.
  2. Standing Desk – I switched from a regular desk to a standing desk last year and never looked back. Standing makes me feel more energetic and focused throughout the day.
  3. Mjölnir – The hammer of Thor. Because why not.
  4. Dry Erase Board – My office has a 4’ x 6’ metal board which is perfect for sketching mock-ups, tracking projects, and drawing the occasional comic book character.
  5. Coffee – I’m a 2-3 cups-per-day kind of guy. I keep an AeroPress® in my office so that a great cup of coffee is always within reach.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Rebekah Olson in HR

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Rebekah’s role: Learning Design Specialist

Job in a nutshell: Drawing, writing, and using other learning strategies to contribute to the professional development of employees.

Rebekah Olson

  1. Books – I’m new to the world of Adult Learning and Instructional Design, so I do a LOT of industry reading for work. The book I’m currently reading: Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen.
  2. Recording Microphone – Part of my job at Leggett & Platt includes recording voiceovers for on-demand learning like software tutorials and e-learning courses.
  3. Marker Board + Eraser – I write scripts, class outlines, and copy for mass email. I also create vector graphics and choose images for our live presentations. The brainstorming for all my projects starts here, on a marker board.
  4. Headphones + iPod – This is a creative brainstorming essential! I’ve been caught all-out dancing in my office more than once, but I won’t apologize. It gets my creative juices flowing! The most recent jam I’ve been playing on repeat: Lose It by Oh Wonder.
  5. Yoga Mat + Essential Oils + Diffuser – I really do keep these items in my office at all times – because I’m a total hippy.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Shela Ward in Creative Services

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Shela’s role: Copywriter

Job in a nutshell: Lots of writing, usually about wire, wire-forming, wire-related products, and products made out of wire.

Shela Ward

  1. Red Pen + Notepad – A red pen and a blank page are a writer’s best friends.
  2. Planner – With all the technology available to keep me organized, I still rely on a planner. I find that writing things by hand helps me remember better, and I love the feeling of checking off a to-do list.
  3. Carpet Cushion Squares – After these carpet cushion squares starred in a photo shoot for a work brochure, I nabbed them to create a more comfortable floor for my standing desk. Repurposing carpet cushion that’s made of recycled material? I call that a win.
  4. Monkey Tea Infuser + Mug – I start every day with a cup of tea. Then I drink three more throughout the day. Lately I’ve been on a peppermint tea kick, but I don’t discriminate.
  5. Rotary Phone – For calls from the President, or for when I’m feeling nostalgic for a simpler time.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Meaghan Younker in HR

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Meaghan’s role: Talent Advisor

Job in a nutshell: Recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating candidates while helping hiring managers fill positions across the company.

Meaghan Younker

  1. Laptop – I spend the majority of my day within our applicant tracking system, reviewing resumes for each position I’m working on. At any given time, I have 8-10 positions on my plate, which means hundreds of resumes to review!
  2. Calendar – A big part of my job is scheduling phone screens and final interviews with candidates, so I glance at this calendar at least 807 times per day.
  3. Candy – Sour candy is my jam. No day is complete without this afternoon pick-me-up. (Having candy in your desk is also a good way to attract visitors to your office, if you enjoy company every now and then.)
  4. Notepad + Colorful Pens – Because I’m always working on several things at once, I keep a fairly extensive to-do list each day. I use pretty colored pens to keep life interesting.
  5. Pictures – I love memories and I love people. Photos of my favorite people cover my gray office walls because it’s cozier that way!

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

New Series: 5 Office Must-Haves

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. By now you’ve probably seen our Employee Spotlight series, which highlights how individuals across L&P have contributed in exceptional ways. We’re proud to showcase our talented people.

Today we’re starting a new series that will introduce our people in a unique and different way – through their office must-haves! Stay tuned to meet various accountants, engineers, techies, managers, administrative professionals, creatives, and others as they show off items they use in their day-to-day work lives.

To kick off the series, we’d like to introduce ourselves, the Life@Leggett content team, by way of a few of our favorite things.

Justin Kohley, Talent Systems Administrator in Human Resources

Job in a nutshell: Managing the systems and data used to recruit, set goals, review performance, develop employees, and conduct succession planning.

Justin Kohley

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