During February, we’re inviting our colleagues to share about life at Leggett, what they’re proud of, and what Black History Month means to them.
First up, meet Dee Sawyer! Dee – Operation Compliance Manager at Hanes – has been with us for 24 years.
What does a typical day at work look like for you, and what do you enjoy most about your role?
I truly love what I do! I’m usually traveling to another state to ensure branches are following L&P procedures. I travel frequently. Last year, I was gone for half of the year.
I enjoy meeting new people, visiting different branches, and helping others. It’s important for the branches to know that they have support.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I’ve worked my way up at Hanes. I’ve had 12 positions, starting with a truck loader. I started on second shift as a truck loader and have worked in different departments and through different shifts. Approximately six years ago, I started helping on the integration team by training other branches, helping with branch moves, and assisting with acquisitions. My work ethic was noticed, as I traveled to different branches and the branches started requesting my assistance. I was offered a position on the integration team, and I’ve been advancing ever since!
My advice is to always be true to your work ethic. No matter how discouraged you get or feel your work is being overlooked, be patient because the right people will notice, and your time will come when it should – that’s God’s timing. What’s meant to be will be!
What does Black History Month mean to you?
For me, it’s a celebration of everything we overcame and will overcome. It’s recognizing everyone who’s made a difference to get us to where we are today. It’s a month that reminds me to continue letting my light shine bright through adversity.