Internship Spotlight: Renee Olanda

Our eleventh summer of the Doors Internship Program is underway! Through virtual workshops, our interns work on goal-setting, networking, personal branding, and communication within their fields.

Meet Renee Olanda, Human Resources Intern! Renee was born and raised in the Philippines before immigrating with her family to Atlanta, Georgia. She currently attends Valdosta State University where she’s majoring in organizational leadership and minoring in public administration and political science. This fall, she’ll start her junior year.

Renee

What does your internship with L&P entail, and what are your internship goals?

My internship is a rotational program that allows me to enhance my skills in various key areas of HR, including talent acquisition; global mobility; inclusion, diversity, and equity (ID&E); and talent development.

During my internship, I’m helping revamp the L&P Careers site, which will enhance the user experience by making the site more intuitive and accessible and showcasing the company’s commitment to growth and diversity. This project allows me to apply my academic knowledge in a practical setting and allows me to contribute to the company’s strategic vision by attracting and retaining top talent.

I aim to achieve a deep, practical understanding of talent management and human resources within a global corporate setting and contribute meaningfully to L&P’s projects. I aim to apply the theories I’ve learned in my academic studies to real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Additionally, I am excited to build a robust professional network and gain mentorship from experienced leaders.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned during your internship so far?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is the impact of working within a synchronistic team. This experience has taught me how aligned team efforts enhance project outcomes and streamline processes. Additionally, I’ve realized how important networking is – building connections with coworkers has enriched my professional experience by opening avenues for mentorship, collaboration, and personal growth.

What has been your favorite part of your internship at L&P and why?

So far, one of the most rewarding aspects of my internship has been the comprehensive exposure to different facets of talent management. However, the highlight for me has been connecting with and learning from diverse talented individuals and interns across various departments. The chance to contribute to meaningful projects has also been fulfilling.

How will you apply this experience to your career?

This summer’s internship has been enriching, bridging the gap between my academic studies and practical application, particularly in project management and strategic planning, through my involvement in revamping the company’s Careers site. The professional network I’ve built provides ongoing support and mentorship, which will be crucial as I advance in my studies and later in my career, and my exposure to L&P’s diverse and inclusive culture has profoundly shaped my approach to teamwork and leadership.

Please join us in wishing Renee well!

Doors Internships: Unlocking Potential

Twenty interns from college campuses across the United States are participating in Leggett & Platt’s Doors Summer Internship Program. Doors is a curated ten-week virtual professional development series that allows students to gain real-life experience in their field of study through immersive leadership workshops while interning either remotely or in person with one of our L&P facilities.

This summer, we have students interning in key departments such as Human Resources, IT, Engineering, Tax, Sustainability, and Finance. In addition to their department tasks, they will be participating in weekly professional development events, which include workshops on time management, goal setting, and effective communication. The students will present a final capstone project, which will help change the landscape of their department.

“The most exciting addition this summer is the implementation of the ‘Executive Speaker Series,’ where our interns will have the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with some of our leaders, such as the CFO and CHRO,” says Wences Ramirez, Campus Recruiter and Ambassador to the Doors Program. “This series will provide valuable insights into their journey, L&P’s culture, and the people that make L&P successful.”

Happy Independence Day!

We wish all our team members who celebrate Independence Day a happy and safe holiday!

2024 Sustainability Report

At Leggett & Platt, our mission is to enhance lives – by delivering quality products, offering empowering and rewarding careers, and doing our part to bring about a better future. Our commitment to corporate sustainability reflects and reinforces our culture and our values.

We recently published our 2024 Sustainability Report, which details our approach, commitment, and progress towards environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters that are most important to our business.

We’d like to share a few key enhancements to this year’s report:

  • Identifying five areas of focus and our corresponding goals for each area
  • Improving our environmental management system disclosures and sharing about the launch of the Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Center of Excellence
  • Highlighting significant investment and changes to attract and retain talent and engage our employees
  • Disclosing four years of Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions (2019-2022)
  • Expanding our supplier engagement strategies, including a Supplier Diversity Council

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and support as we continue to build on our sustainability practices. Read our full Sustainability Report here.

Resources for Disability Pride Month

Celebrated every July, Disability Pride Month reminds us that disabilities are a part of who we are and our diversity. It’s also a chance to learn more about the unique perspectives of the disability community and advocate for them.

At L&P, we’re always learning, especially from one another. Here are some valuable resources around disability etiquette, allyship, and accessibility with lessons we can apply throughout the year:

Specitubes – Nanterre Celebrates Safety Milestone

June is National Safety Month. At L&P, we are committed to the safety and welfare of all employees through education, awareness, and prevention. We promote a culture where employees protect employees every day and strive for zero injuries.

Our L&P Aerospace team at Specitubes in Nanterre, France, recently achieved a significant safety milestone – 365 days without generating an accident with sick leave! The team celebrated this accomplishment with a party to recognize their collective effort.

Congratulations to our team in Nanterre for living out our value of putting people first and prioritizing the safety and care of each other!

The Women’s ERG Promotes Allyship

Each quarter, the Women’s ERG focuses on a theme as an opportunity for learning, collaboration, and raising awareness. This quarter, the group explored allyship. Allyship refers to the actions, behaviors, and practices that individuals take to support and advocate for others, particularly those who don’t share the same social identities.

During their monthly meetings, the group invited guests, including David Brown, President of L&P Hydraulics, John Dowdell, President – Hanes Geo Components, and Tammy Trent, Senior Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer, to speak on their personal experiences of allyship and what it means to be an ally. They encouraged members to invite an ally to the monthly meetings. In addition, the group surveyed its members and shared moving testimonials of when they needed or proved to be an ally to someone.

Members of the Women’s ERG Leadership Team: Roxanne Willard, Isabel Perez Infante, Sarah Peterson, and Breanna Wagster

“Needing an ally, having an ally, and being an ally go full circle and include small, daily actions to make everyone feel included and welcome,” says Sarah Peterson, Program Manager. “Now more than ever, we need each other, and what better reason to celebrate allyship.”

Throughout their sessions, the group showcased that allyship is not just about bridging the gap between education and action. It’s a journey of personal growth, teaching us about emotional intelligence and the profound importance of human connection to be more effective in work and life.

“Allyship offers and promotes productivity, creates a sense of belonging, and ensures inclusivity in the workplace,” says Isabel Perez Infante, National Category Sales Manager. “Everybody has the opportunity to be an ally and have an ally.”

Breanna Wagster, Director of Human Resources, agrees, “Allyship opportunities exist all around us, some in the smallest of forms and others with greater magnitude, but it is up to us to intentionally seek, recognize, and act on these opportunities to be better allies for others and ourselves.”

Tips for Being an Ally

Roxanne Willard, Demand/Office Manager, shares some tips for being an ally at work and in our Leggett & Platt communities.

  • Listen more than you speak to hear opportunities when allyship is needed, then step up and be an ally.
  • Look for opportunities to publicly praise people doing good work.
  • Seek the positive. Allyship is about uplifting and advocating.
  • Focus on being an ally, and the undesirables fall to the bottom of the list.

Thank you to Sarah, Isabel, Breanna, Roxanne, and the Women’s ERG leadership team for promoting allyship and doing their part to make Leggett & Platt a more inclusive, compassionate workplace.

If you are interested in joining the Women’s ERG, please reach out to a member to get started!

Biodiversity Actions at Trio Line

Our work furniture team at Trio Line in Poland recently organized internal biodiversity actions with their building management company. Due to a planned sustainability building certification, Trio Line had a visit from an ecologist who recommended implementing sustainable practices.

The team’s efforts have already started to bear fruit. They helped to plant 10 trees around the building and ivy to cover the entryway’s acoustic wall, enhancing the property’s aesthetics and contributing to a healthier environment. Additionally, Trio Line found other solutions for biodiversity, including birdhouses and hotels for insects.

Thank you to Trio Line for your commitment to sustainability and your care for our planet!

Recognizing and Remembering: Juneteenth

Today, we celebrate and remember Juneteenth, which marks the day in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to ensure that all enslaved African American people be freed, ending slavery in the United States.

Recognizing Juneteenth and our American history is a commemoration and an opportunity for learning and growth. It exemplifies our values of putting people first, doing great work together, doing the right thing, and taking ownership and raising the bar. It invites us to delve deeper into our shared history to understand the struggles and triumphs that have shaped our nation. 

History of Juneteenth

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, declaring enslaved people in Confederate states “forever free.” However, its impact didn’t reach Texas until nearly two years later, after General Robert E. Lee surrendered and the Confederate army lost the Civil War. General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 declaring, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

Formerly enslaved people in Texas organized the first Jubilee Day on June 19, 1866. Jubilee Day began a tradition that would spread nationwide, with Juneteenth celebrations becoming more widespread and significant over time. In 2021, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday, recognizing its importance in American history. 

Learning Resources

Websites:

Books:

  • On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and The End of Slavery, Barbara Krauthamer and Deborah Willis

Podcasts and Videos:

Making Safety a Habit

While June is Safety Month, prioritizing safety and caring for one another is a daily goal at L&P. Our teams make safety a habit, staying up to date on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and looking for ways to enhance safety around their facilities.

Recently, our Hanes Companies, Flooring Products, Home Furniture, and Work Furniture businesses came together for an OSHA 30-hour certification class. Many of our colleagues in environmental health and safety (EHS), HR, supervisor, maintenance, and production roles shared best practices and networked with one another to help advance safety across L&P. The event was sponsored by Flooring Products and hosted by Hanes Companies.

“We spent the week educating our partners on OSHA regulations and how SafeGuard – our L&P safety program – can be used to not only comply with OSHA but also drive us towards making safety a habit,” shared Tim Williams, EHS Manager. “We were fortunate to spend the last day of the class on the shop floor, applying what we learned by identifying opportunities for improvement.”

Thank you to our teams for putting people first!