Category Archives: Culture

Co-workers Embrace Sustainability and Wellbeing by Biking to Work

Henry Grice and Jim West at Leggett & Platt Flooring Products in Houston, Mississippi, have found a unique way to promote sustainability while nurturing their mental and physical health. Henry and Jim often bike to work along the Tanglefoot Trail. 

The Tanglefoot Trail is Mississippi’s longest “Rails to Trails” conversion that preserved an abandoned railroad corridor by transforming it into recreational trails. The trail runs right behind our flooring facility.

“Every little bit counts when it comes to saving money, reducing wear and tear on our vehicles, and working in a small way to conserve the environment,” said Jim. “The bonus is that it helps us enjoy nature while remaining mentally and physically healthy and environmentally conscious.”

Let’s Talk Global Intercultural Dialogue

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – a day to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue! 🌍

At L&P, we do great work together by encouraging connection and the open exchange of perspectives and ideas between teams around the world. It’s how we build understanding, unite above our differences, and stay innovative.

Judith Kuhn, HR Director – Specialized Products Europe & Global HR Lead – Hydraulics, shared a quick tip and resource for collaborating across cultures more effectively. She said we can start by being aware of cultural differences – how we communicate, manage time, make decisions, and lead differently – and pointed us to an introduction of Erin Meyer’s eight-scale Culture Map to learn more.

For more information on collaborating across cultures, check out Erin Meyer’s book called The Culture Map.

Supporting Wellbeing at Work: Staying Hydrated for a Happier, Healthier You

This month on L&P social, we are spotlighting ways to promote wellbeing.

One important aspect of physical health is staying hydrated. Staying hydrated isn’t just about quenching your thirst – it’s a powerful tool for maintaining productivity, focus, and vitality throughout the workday.

The Benefits of Hydration

Boosted Energy Levels – Dehydration can lead to feeling tired and sluggish. Staying hydrated helps maintain energy throughout the day.

Reduces Stress – Dehydration can affect your mood. Staying hydrated helps maintain cortisol, the hormone responsible for feeling stressed.

Promotes Sharper Focus – Your brain functions better when hydrated, supporting cognitive processes, memory, and decision-making.Β 

Improves Skin and Physical Mobility – Water helps flush toxins from your body, creating youthful skin. In addition, hydration helps prevent muscle cramps and supports joint health.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

  • Set a goal: Keep a water bottle at your desk and set a goal for how many times you fill it throughout the day.
  • Flavor it: Many people have difficulty drinking water because it lacks taste. Add fruit such as lemon, lime, or strawberries to your water for a flavorful twist.
  • Eat Your Water: Foods like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, and spinach are nearly 100 percent water. Eating these foods helps maintain hydration.

Remember, hydration is self-care. Prioritize it, and you’ll notice positive changes in your work performance and overall wellbeing.

L&P Volunteers: Great American Cleanup

In late April, a group of volunteers from our High Point Spring branch participated in the Great American Cleanup – a citywide cleanup and canned food drive event in High Point, North Carolina. L&P was an event sponsor.

Our colleagues collected approximately 100 pounds of recyclables and trash while cleaning up their local Armstrong Park!

We are grateful to our High Point Spring team for caring for our planet and doing great work together!

Pictured from left to right: Jimena Bugarin, Jerry Rigney, Frankie Shields, Tom Caputo, Shirley Knowles, Josie Knowles, Robert Baker, Nigel Baker, and John Caputo. Not pictured: Sharon Holmes.

L&P Celebrates Earth Day

For Earth Day, L&P teams around the world participated in activities that celebrated and helped care for our planet! 🌍

Our teams:

  • exchanged plastic bottles for eco-friendly tote bags
  • cleaned up trash around their local communities
  • wore green and planted seeds
  • enjoyed refreshments and free plants
  • recycled waste and created vegetable and flower containers
  • signed a pledge to protect our planet

Check out some of the photos from their celebrations below:

Supporting Wellbeing at L&P

At L&P, we believe that caring about our colleagues’ wellbeing is the right thing to do – it’s one of the ways we put people first. Wellbeing is multifaceted, so we support our colleagues in many ways to help promote happy, healthy, and productive teams.

While specific benefits vary worldwide and are based on regional practices, we offer competitive benefits for our colleagues and their families in all geographies where we do business. In the United States, for example, we are proud to offer many benefits that promote wellbeing, including health benefits, counseling through an employee assistance program, flexible hours, remote and hybrid work arrangements, income protection benefits, a retirement savings plan, and paid time off. We also offer learning and development opportunities across our company.

This month on L&P social, we look forward to sharing some ways to promote wellbeing with you!

L&P Automotive India Celebrates 18 Years!

Congratulations to L&P Automotive India for reaching 18 years of service!

The team recently gathered to celebrate their branch’s anniversary milestone, their achievements, and that eighty-one of their colleagues have been with the branch for five years or more.

Thank you to L&P Automotive India for doing great work together!

Check out some of the photos from their celebration below:

Sustainability at L&P

At L&P, we are committed to fostering a culture that cares about our planet and providing sustainable solutions for our customers. 

Our businesses are building sustainability into product development processes, and we’re designing products for improved durability, recovery, and end-of-life recycling. This year, we completed and plan to share our first Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) inventory covering 2019-2022. Companywide milestones like this one, plus numerous efforts at our branches, contribute to our strides in reducing our environmental footprint.

This month on L&P social, we look forward to sharing more around being responsible stewards of the environment and communities where we live and work!

International Fun at Work Day: L&P Edition

April 1st was International Fun at Work Day – a reminder that work doesn’t have to be a fun-free zone!

Studies show that having fun at work enhances communication, collaboration, and productivity. We spend a lot of time with our coworkers, so why not have some fun? We asked a few of our colleagues around the world to share how they have fun at work and with their teams:

In a world where connections are virtual and desks are miles apart, our team thrives on laughter that echoes through digital corridors. In our remote realm, every meme is a high-five, and every GIF is a nod of understanding. We’re not just a team – we’re a meme-dream machine that delivers on turning pixels into punchlines and delivering world class dad jokes one day at a time.
– Ryan Fissinger, Manager of Service Desk, United States

“We sing some motivational local language songs together – it gives us a new team spirit to work efficiently and uplift our environment and mood. We often find hidden talents during these times! We also chit chat. If someone is feeling down at work, we have breakout conversations to combat tiredness.”
– Women at Branch 0669, India

When we finish a call, we say, ‘Leg dich wieder hin‘ – ‘lay down again’ – as a joke to imply that our colleagues aren’t working hard. We also like to joke during our breaks and talk about what we did during the weekend or previous days. If the weather is good, we take walks together around our facility.
– Andreas Wagner, Quality Manager, Germany

“During breaks, I have fun with colleagues through games, activities like walking, and sharing experiences. At least once a week, my team and I do something together to unwind, like having lunch, eating ice cream, going to the market, or holding a happy hour. We also hold special meetings on commemorative dates.”
– Jackson Souza, Junior Planning Analyst, Brazil

Employee Appreciation Day at L&P

Our employees recently celebrated Employee Appreciation Day by giving thanks for one another and enjoying a variety of snacks and activities! Check out some of the photos from our teams’ celebrations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sibi Chakravarthy (left) received an award for perfect attendance during the 2023 year. “It was an honor and pleasure to receive this award,” shared Sibi. “I have love and respect for my work, and I believe commitment towards our work will lead us to success.”

Zhaoqing, Guangdong, China

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Changsha, Hunan, China

Changchun, Jilin, China

Chongqing, Sichuan, China

Tianjin, China

Changshu, Jiangsu, China

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China