United Way Agency Spotlight: Joplin Family Y

We value a culture of giving and encourage our employees to Do Some Good. One way is through our annual United Way campaign, which has challenged our employees to raise $125,000 this year! Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight several incredible United Way funded agencies. Learn more about their stories and the effective work they do to help those who need it most in our communities.

Joplin Family Y

Recently, Feeding America found that every 1 in 5 kids goes to bed hungry. The Joplin Family Y regularly sees children who lack access to nutritious foods and come through their doors hungry. As a service to our community, the Y seeks to help kids develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

The YMCA knows that kids are emotionally and socially impacted when they have access to food and healthy activities. Just one of the Y’s programs – “Fuel Up, Stay Fit” – provides meals to local children, including after school snacks at 15 elementary schools, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the summer months. During the past school year, the Y served an astounding 77,997 healthy snacks and 19,733 nutritional meals to 700 children!

One of the students in the YMCA’s program, Aiden, is just one success story. Aiden had fallen into bad habits. He didn’t like eating fruits and vegetables, was eating fast food multiple times a week, and he didn’t have much physical activity in his routine. Through “Fuel Up, Stay Fit,” Aiden started eating healthy snacks and meals and had lots of options for both physical and social activities. Before long, Aiden began to love everything on his plate, including vegetables! As a result of the Y’s program, Aiden ate better, felt better about himself, and adopted a far more active lifestyle.

The Y is creating change in our community by creating change in our kids. As a proud supporter of the United Way, we can also be proud to know we have helped kids, just like Aiden, become healthier members of our community.

For more information about the services available at Joplin Family Y, visit joplinfamilyy.org

Do Some Good

It feels good to do some good!

Our Pegasus team collected 225 pounds of food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, CT, and they’ll continue their giving efforts through the holiday season.

#giveback #dosomegood

United Way Agency Spotlight: Lafayette House

We value a culture of giving and encourage our employees to Do Some Good. One way is through our annual United Way campaign, which has challenged our employees to raise $125,000 this year! Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight several incredible United Way funded agencies. Learn more about their stories and the effective work they do to help those who need it most in our communities.

Lafayette House

There is a safe place in Joplin, MO, where women, children, and families can go to seek refuge. Programs, resources, and support are readily available for those living in fear and at-risk situations due to substance abuse, domestic violence, or sexual assault. Last year, the Lafayette House served over 1,300 people in our community. Every woman, every child, and each family are forever changed by the help they receive.

“Lafayette House gave me my life back.”

Susan’s entire life was impacted by the assistance she received at Lafayette House. She was in an unhealthy marriage with three children, each of whom had varying degrees of special needs. Her family lived in a remote area with no electricity or running water. She reported that her spouse was controlling and emotionally abusive; he often threatened to leave and take the children. Susan didn’t drive, didn’t communicate with anyone outside of her home, and she felt isolated and alone. In an effort to protect her children, she filed for a divorce. However, she had nowhere to go and the abuse continued to increase.

When Susan first came to the Lafayette House, she couldn’t make eye contact with anyone. She spoke very softly and had no sense of self-worth. Immediately, a case manager offered her individual counseling and assistance in connecting to community resources. Susan was able to gain access to the resources she desperately needed: housing, transportation, food, utilities, clothing, as well as advocacy to navigate her ongoing divorce, school communications, and custody issues.

Susan’s Lafayette House story began in 2016. Today, she continues to participate in programs offered by the Lafayette House. She has gained self-confidence and is learning to feel positive about herself. Susan now laughs and is making friends. With full-custody, she is also able to provide a healthy home for herself and her three children.

Susan’s story now has a different narrative, one that includes hope for a happier ending due to the CHANGE the Lafayette House helped to create. She is forever grateful and so are her three children.

For more information about the services available at The Lafayette House, visit lafayettehouse.org

Top 5 Tips to Coach for Performance

For many professionals, the end of the year means performance review season. It’s also the perfect time for coaching – when a leader facilitates the development of an employee.

We asked our coaching expert, Rob Sotlar, to provide his thoughts on the topic. Rob first reminded us that coaching is about collaboration, working together to find a solution, and increasing awareness. It’s not about giving advice or telling an employee how to solve a problem. A coach should be considered a “guide on the side.”

Here are Rob’s Top 5 Tips on Coaching for Performance:

1. Be a good listener. Effective listening is critical for a successful coaching engagement. Listen to identify and then facilitate self-discovery. Do not listen to respond. Remember, you’re a guide on the side.

2. Assist with analysis. This is a biggie. It’s important in the goal creation phase of coaching and during each coaching session. Facilitate a conversation that enables your employee to identify their area(s) of focus. A personal SWOT Analysis is a great tool.

3. Ask questions (a lot of ‘em). Ask the right questions and help your employee realize what they need to do, without telling them. When your employee comes to their own solution, they are more like to take accountability and own the outcome. The GROW Model is a wonderful tool to use here.

4. Hold them accountable. This is a simple, yet crucial conversation to have with your employee. Did they achieve their goal, and why or why not? What part did they play in achieving (or not achieving) the goal? Facilitate the employee stepping through the process to identify successes and opportunities.

5. Provide real feedback. This may be tough for some, but it is essential for a successful coaching engagement. When providing feedback, be specific and focus on facts (the things you can hear and see). Real feedback is often not comfortable for the receiver, but it’s a tool that will enable serious growth.

Quick Q&A with a Supply & Demand Planner

Corey Turnbow is the Director of Supply & Demand Planning at Elite Comfort Solutions (ECS), a global leader in foam technology acquired by Leggett & Platt this past January.

Corey, who joined the ECS team 5 months ago, plays an essential role in ECS’ supply chain.

1. What does a normal day in your job look like for you?

A normal day consists of helping our facilities ensure that we have the right amount of product to support customer orders. On any given day, I balance my time supporting our operations, customer service, and shipment teams.

From a long-term perspective, I am driving a full Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process across ECS to help drive strategic plans around balancing our demand and supply for future growth.

2. What do you enjoy most?

I really enjoy the variety, and that my job requires me to be a problem solver. I have to look at the immediate short-term needs of ECS while also planning for long-term growth.

3. What challenges you?

I work in a fast-paced environment, which is challenging and fun at the same time!

4. What do you enjoy most about working at ECS?

I enjoy the people around me. We are young and growing company with opportunities to become better every day. Our leadership team is really engaged and provides great support in helping us achieve our objectives.

MFG Day Recap: Showcasing Modern Manufacturing to Our Next Generation

Last Friday, manufacturers across the United States celebrated Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, by opening their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

This year, six L&P locations hosted MFG Day activities:

  • Carthage Spring in Carthage, MO
  • Flex-O-Lators in Carthage, MO
  • Genesis Seating in Kentwood, MI
  • Davidson Plyforms in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Adjustable Bed (Consumer Products) in Spring Hill, FL
  • Pegasus Manufacturing in Middletown, CT

Here are a few highlights from the day!

A manufacturing team at Spring Hill demonstrated the assembly of an adjustable base for local students.

L&P’s Walter Jones welcomed students from Pasco-Hernando State College.

Spring Hill management pictured with guests of honor.

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United Way Agency Spotlight: Community Clinic

We value a culture of giving and encourage our employees to Do Some Good. One way is through our annual United Way campaign, which has challenged our employees to raise $125,000 this year! Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight several incredible United Way funded agencies. Learn more about their stories and the effective work they do to help those who need it most in our communities.

Community Clinic

For more than 26 years, Community Clinic has been providing medical services to the children, families, and seniors in our communities. Last year, they saw over 7,000 patients and assisted with almost 13,000 prescriptions.

While these numbers are impressive, it’s easy to forget that each one represents a person — with a name, a face, and a story. When you help one person, it can change their life.

Here’s just one of those stories.

When Vicky came to the clinic, she was overweight and unable to work. She suffered from undiagnosed diabetes, significant heart problems, and depression. She was also very insecure and rarely spoke to people.

Community Clinic’s providers quickly realized how sick she was. After receiving her diagnoses, Vicky began participating in one-on-one diabetic education, received nutrition and chronic disease management counseling, and began using insulin to manage her diabetes. By understanding her conditions, she was able to take charge of her health.

Vicky has since lost over 80 pounds. She’s managing her diabetes, is no longer insulin dependent, and has joined a group exercise program at the clinic. Her social, emotional, and mental health have greatly improved. Most recently, she was healthy enough to undergo a necessary heart surgery. Better healthcare has led to a better life, and she’s feeling stronger than ever.

While her journey has been tough, the Community Clinic has been there every step of the way. Vicky is now working a part-time job and has moved into her own apartment. She credits the clinic with both saving her life and giving her new friends who feel like family. One of the clinic nurses even gifted her pots and pans for her new kitchen.

“I have so much respect and appreciation for everyone who works and volunteers at Community Clinic,” shares Vicky. “It’s amazing to consider how much I’ve achieved. They’ve been my support through the whole journey.”

For more information about the services available at Community Clinic, visit joplinclinic.org