Our Values: Put People First

As a global company, we come from many backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. What unites us is how well we work together and treat each other, and we see this every day in our employees around the world.

During the month of January, we want to introduce you to the four company values that guide our everyday decisions and reflect who we are:

  • Put People First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Do Great Work Together
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar ​​​​​​​

These values represent actions that we do to support one another, work together, and help our company grow. ​​​​​​​

This week, we’re sharing more about what it means to Put People First. When we put people first, we commit to prioritizing safety and care for each other, offering learning and development opportunities, demonstrating trustworthiness, and creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect, empathy, and belonging.

Employee Spotlight: Meet Dougal Campbell

One of the most exciting aspects of working for a global company is learning about our coworkers worldwide and the unique talents they bring to L&P. Dougal Campbell is the Global Director of HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems). Dougal lives with his family in Birmingham, England. We invited Dougal to share about his work, hobbies, and family life.

The Campbell Family

What is your career background, and how did you land at L&P?

My career has always been working between business needs and Information Technology (IT) services. Until 2021, I spent my entire career in logistics companies, a fascinating area with a lot of exposure to many different business sectors.

I have always tried to take the best from the people I have worked with, learning from anyone I can and building my view on what makes good management and leadership. I strive to live up to that standard daily as I build and lead the HRIS team forward.

Leggett & Platt has been a great opportunity to start my role from scratch, having always worked in existing teams/systems previously. Taking this role felt like an opportunity that was meant to be, and I have so much pride in being here now.

What do you do as a Global HRIS Director?

I once read that if you can’t describe your job in three words, you need to think long and hard about what you do. My short answer is, ‘I count people.’ My responsibilities at Leggett & Platt are to the business as a whole, more specifically to Human Resources (HR). I am responsible for building and maintaining global HR systems, which we are in the process of delivering.

I lead the team and the strategy for the global HR Information Systems, which, in time, will touch every employee at Leggett & Platt. I have a clear vision of what can be achieved – a vision I believe L&P can exceed, given its strength and dynamics.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The best part of the job is delivering something that makes people’s lives easier. Whether that’s directly in terms of day-to-day HR processing, leveraging our talent, or providing more transparency to our employees about their future and development at Leggett & Platt. We, as a team, are here to improve the business’s operations. There is no greater joy than to deliver against our shared HR vision.

What advice would you give someone who wants to begin a career like yours?

For me, focusing on a couple of core values has been key:

  • Find where you can add value – what is it about you that is valuable to the company?
  • Be flexible and ready to move between subjects – I have worked in many different areas, but always with the same focus of helping people achieve through technology.
  • Keep ambitious about what you can add, and don’t be afraid to take on a challenge.
  • Have the courage to try; failure should be seen, owned, and learned from.
  • Always find ways to improve your work area, even to the point that you are not needed.

Can you tell us about your family life and hobbies?

My family life is much like many people’s, focused on children and their development and finding time for life and pursuits outside work. I live with my partner, and our daughter has moved out of the family home and will get married next year. My son is still in school and remains a huge focus.

I enjoy the practical elements of carpentry, metalwork, and building. I like to cook and bake, although it sometimes turns out differently than I hope!

DIY and Baking Projects

New Year, New Perspectives: Melissa Shaddix

To kick off 2023, we want to introduce you to several of our newest employees and share their goals for this year.

First up, meet Melissa Shaddix! Melissa is a Technical Writer for our Corporate Information Technology (IT) Department.

What brought you to L&P?

I’m excited to be a part of the long history of L&P’s leadership in many industries and the new initiatives underway in the IT Department.

My new colleagues have been so welcoming and helpful! I joined L&P during a very busy time, yet so many people have taken time to get to know me and help me feel welcome. I think the collaboration and culture I’ve seen bode very well for my future here.

What’s something unique about you?

I went to a university with a prominent horticulture research department, and I had a part-time job grading the pecans harvested from research orchards throughout my state. The results of my grading were used in several multi-year research projects that impacted U.S. pecan growers. I never got to eat a single test pecan.

What’s your biggest goal for 2023?

I’ve seen a trend where some social media influencers set “yearly themes” as a baseline ideal to guide their intentions and decisions. I’d like to try it this year with the theme of “balance.” To me, practicing balance—both physically and mentally—can improve coordination during challenging tasks and help prevent falls and failure. In 2023, I’ll try to approach all of my goals with a focus on balance to ensure that I won’t just excel at one while neglecting the rest.

In Case You Missed It: A Recap of 2022

As we head into 2023, we want to share some of our favorite posts to recap 2022!

To read the original posts, click the pictures below.

Our Doors program provides interns with opportunities to build experience and connections while having fun! Listen to what a few of our former interns have to say.

Summer Steelman is a Talent Advisor at L&P and uses her incredible background to help people find careers that fit. Read about her journey here.

Harry served our company and communities in so many ways and set the standard for our people-first culture. Click here to read about Harry’s legacy.

Each day, the L&P Imaging team tells the stories of our products. Click here to meet the team behind the scenes.

Workplace safety isn’t just for safety professionals. For tips on how to help maintain a safe workplace, read this post.

Mario’s spirit of giving started in childhood. Read this post to see how Mario’s kindness and generosity have touched many lives.

The generosity of our employees ensures our We Rise program can help support L&P employees affected by catastrophic events or natural disasters. Click here to read about We Rise.

Sometimes, teamwork goes beyond the office. Click here to read how one of our teams came together to care for others.

L&P Season’s Greetings

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.

L&P Season’s Greetings

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.

L&P Season’s Greetings

This time of year means many things to each of us, and to celebrate the cultures and traditions that make up L&P, we invited our employees from around the world to share season’s greetings—what we are looking forward to this season, hopes for colleagues, and a variety of traditions.

L&P Bedding Featured on the Dos Marcos Podcast

Our Bedding Segment was recently featured on the Dos Marcos podcast – a podcast dedicated to the furniture, appliances, and mattress business.

Listen in as two of our Bedding leaders discuss our new product development approach and new product launches for Quantum Edge Enhanced Profile with Eco-Base and Caliber Edge Enhanced Profile with Eco-Base.

Listen here: Eco-Base™ – L&P Bedding Group (beddingcomponents.com)