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Meet Maria Aguilar

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting a few of our employees to share their stories.

Maria Aguilar is a custodian at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas. In September, she will celebrate her third anniversary at Leggett & Platt.

“What I love most about my job are my co-workers. It’s important that I enjoy what I do and that I can provide for my family. I am most proud of my family.

I also have the opportunity to work with my ‘mijo,’ a Conveyor Operator, on the same shift.

My Hispanic heritage is important to me because Mexico celebrates independence in September, the same time the United States recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Next Monday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day—a day dedicated to mental health awareness and promoting mental wellness around the world. With this in mind, we want to talk about mental health and share some information on improving and maintaining mental wellness.

Everyone has mental health.

Like physical health, everyone has mental health—an overall state of emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Our mental health helps determine how we navigate and experience life.

It’s important to know that mental health and mental illness are not synonymous terms. While mental health is an overall state of mental wellbeing, a mental illness is a medical condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.

Mental health can be improved.

The quality of our mental health can change over time, and there are some general steps we can take to maintain or improve mental wellness, such as:

  • speaking to a health care professional who can provide guidance tailored to specific concerns and needs.
  • spending time with others (e.g., family, friends, volunteering for an organization).
  • prioritizing physical health. Quality sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet can promote good physical health which promotes mental wellness.
  • practicing gratitude for the seemingly small and big things in life.

Help with mental health is for anyone at any time.

There’s a misconception that a person needs to have a condition or be in crisis to speak with a health care professional about mental health, but the reality is that help is for anyone at any time. If you want to talk to a health care professional about your mental health, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) prepared some Tips for Talking with a Health Care Provider About Your Mental Health.

If you want help deciding whether or not you should speak to a health care professional about your mental health, you can check out the NIMH’s one-page guide: My Mental Health: Do I Need Help?

References

How to Improve Mental Health. (n.d.). MedlinePlus. Retrieved September 16, 2022, from https://medlineplus.gov/howtoimprovementalhealth.html

Walking to Save Lives

On October 1, Leggett & Platt helped sponsor the American Heart Association’s Four States Heart Walk.

Many L&P team members walked to raise money to support life-saving research and programs to aid in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of all Americans.

Our “Leggett & Platt has Heart” team raised nearly $3,000, and L&P donated $2,500 as a corporate sponsor. Emily Studer, a team member in Human Resources, raised almost $400 individually.

Thank you to our team members who embody our value of putting people first and walked for the health of others!

Meet Adelso Vargas

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Adelso Vargas, a Material Handler at Carthage Spring in Carthage, Missouri.

“I genuinely enjoy working with my friends because they are not just co-workers. We have all become close in my six years here at Leggett & Platt. I also enjoy the shift work. It allows for a great work/life balance.”

Along with his Hispanic heritage, Adelso takes great pride in his ability to work and contribute. “I am most proud of my health because it allows me to keep working every day. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is important because we are noticed and make a difference in our work and communities.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Joann Garcia

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Joann Garcia. Joann works in Accounts Payable at our Fort Worth Rebond facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

“There are many reasons I enjoy my job, but I would say the people I work with are what I enjoy most. I feel this is so important because for 22 years, I have looked forward to coming in every day and accomplishing my work.

Besides my grandchildren, Luka and Lyla, I am most proud of my Hispanic Heritage. It means I carry the strength of my parents, grandparents, and ancestors who faced challenges and barriers. They met these with the utmost courage so that I could have better opportunities.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Cipriano Godinez

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting a few of our employees to share their story.

Meet Cipriano Godinez. Cipriano is an Assembler Operator at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas. He has worked for Leggett & Platt for 30 years.

“There are so many things I enjoy about my job — working the night shift, working with machines, and with the friends I’ve made over 30 years I’ve been here.

I am proud of my achievements over the years — my family, home, and land. This month makes me feel proud to be Hispanic, and Leggett & Platt has given me the opportunity to succeed.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

L&P Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Each year, Mexican Independence Day, which commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain, is celebrated on September 16. This year, L&P employees at Sponge Cushion celebrated the holiday together for the first time with many employees enjoying conchas (Mexican sweet bread) and marking their roots on a map of Mexico. Information on the Mexican War of Independence and famous people from Mexico was displayed for employees to read at their leisure.

Barbara Bushey, Human Resource and Safety Manager, coordinated the event after a colleague suggested celebrating Mexican Independence Day. After doing some research, she began to understand why September 16 is important: “The Mexican people have much to celebrate. I wanted to honor their strength, perseverance, and contribution to Leggett & Platt.”

“A sense of pride”

We asked a few of our employees who celebrated at Sponge Cushion to share their impressions:

“I like to celebrate the independence of my country, and I am proud of my roots and my country.”
Manuel Aguilera

“I was so happy to see the board with the map and the banner. In my 30 years of working, I have never seen an employer recognize my country. It made me feel good.”
Gregoria Guerrero

“I enjoy celebrating this day with my family and friends at Sponge Cushion. I like the map so I can see where my coworkers are from, and having my name listed on the map gave me a sense of pride.”
Adrian Aguilera

“I enjoyed the Mexican sweet bread, and having my picture taken with my coworkers was fun, too.”
Rick DeVore

Pictured from left to right: Manuel Aguilera, Gregoria Guerrero, Adrian Aguilera, and Rick DeVore

Meet Balfer Cortez

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Balfer Cortez. Balfer is a Material Handler at our Carthage Spring location in Carthage, Missouri.

“I am proud of the opportunity I’ve had here at Leggett & Platt for the past five years. My supervisor trusts me to do my job and doesn’t micromanage my work.”

Balfer also appreciates the safe environment where he works. “The atmosphere is very clean and safe. It makes it easier to do a good job, and that, in turn, leads to success for the company.

I’m happy to be recognized for everything that Hispanic employees do, and I am proud to work for a company that values diversity. They translate communications to Spanish, which shows they care.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Maria Saucedo

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Maria Saucedo. She is a Conveyor Operator at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas, and has worked for Leggett & Platt for 29 years.

Maria and her team live out our value of doing great work together. “I enjoy working with my partner. I believe it’s important to have a partner, and you work well together,” says Maria. “It makes the job that much more enjoyable.”

I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage and the Hispanic people, and because of their hard work, this company has only improved.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

IT Professionals Day: Meet Aaron Carter

At L&P, our Information Technology (IT) professionals often work behind the scenes, providing around-the-clock support to keep us connected and protected against the latest cybersecurity threats. They also enhance our business systems and processes, making others’ jobs easier and our processes more efficient. On this IT Professionals Day, we want to spotlight some of our amazing colleagues in IT.

Meet Aaron Carter, Senior Help Desk Analyst.

Aaron recently celebrated his fourth year with L&P on September 4. Growing up, he enjoyed experimenting with technology and quickly learned the art of troubleshooting:

Aaron Carter

Experimentation leads to breaking the family computer and frantically attempting to fix it before mom gets home. You eventually get good at it and turn a skill created from panic into a career path!

The best part of my job is getting to solve new problems. There is nothing more satisfying than running into a new issue, finding a resolution, and then seeing your fix used to quickly knock out similar problems in the future.” 

When it comes to troubleshooting, Aaron’s approach is to not overthink it:

My advice when working with a fresh issue is never skip the basics. Nine times out of 10, it’s going to be something simple that fixes the problem. There is truth behind the old question, ‘Have you tried restarting?‘”

L&P has many open IT positions! Join our dynamic and driven team of IT professionals today: Find Your Career at Leggett & Platt