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Randy Hatcher, President
Adam Hatcher, Legal Counsel
Rob Loose, Safety Manager
Mike Boettcher, Lean Manager
Lori Holley, Marketing Manager
Stephanie Morrow, Marketing & Communications Specialist
For our 40th Anniversary blog series, we have talked about the building blocks of MAU Workforce Solutions. One thing that separates MAU is our caring culture. We work to make lives better for our Applicants, Clients, and Employees. As this series comes to a close, we focus on one of the benefits that reinforces this concept: our partnership with Marketplace Chaplains.
Forty years ago, William G. Hatcher, Sr. stepped out with his faith in God, $500, and a big dream when he opened MAU Workforce Solutions. This year, as we mark 40 years in business, we feel indebted to Mr. Hatcher for everything he did to grow MAU into what it is today. His vision and determination laid the groundwork that has earned MAU the ability today to attract the finest employees who serve the world's leading companies.
At MAU, we have worked hard to develop and sustain a corporate culture where employees feel valued and cared for. One of the ways we demonstrate our appreciation is through our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
I want to take a moment and challenge you to look at the why first as opposed to the what. Often when driving a lean continuous improvement project you can hit some negativity or proverbial wall which is hard to pass thru. When this happens, shift your focus from looking at what went wrong and what changes we can make to prevent it from happening again but rather to the why value proposition. Starting with the why process is important to further the relationship and impact to the real value added. By focusing on the why before looking at the 8 wastes you are in a better position to define real value and lead the team to find the what.
At MAU, the topic of “employee engagement” is taken seriously. We have established unique processes and events to make sure our employees know just how much they mean to our company.
At MAU, we like to have fun! One of the ways we liven up the work environment during the Holidays is through Christmas caroling.
I love to take analogies from sports and apply the successful concepts to lean and continuous improvement. This one may require you to stretch your mind a little, but I believe you will agree consistency of commitment over time is critical in all that we do to be successful. It's an old cliché you hear repeated over and over, “Defense Win Championships”. The thing about defense is that it doesn't take superstars, but a group of teammates with well-choreographed movements who end up eventually stifling the offense. Everyone loves the flashiness of offense, high scoring is more exciting, but in the end it comes down to defense.
Can I give you a hand with that? When I hear this always-welcome offer to lend assistance, I breathe a sigh of relief knowing that help has arrived. Hands are truly helpful, and it’s no surprise to me that the hands were the part of the human anatomy selected over all other parts to mean the same thing as “help” in this often-recited question. Here’s another popular acclamatory phrase that uses hands to symbolize praise: “Congratulations, let’s give him/her a hand!” In this call for a congratulatory gesture, “hand” symbolizes an expression of approval in the form of applause. Who doesn’t like to be given a hand (i.e., applause)? Clapping hands create a delightful noise that we’re taught from an early age to respond to with encouraging satisfaction. Clap for a little baby and you’ll see my point. Our hands are so versatile and play such an important role in our day-to-day lives. It’s no wonder that the familiar phrase “I got to hand it to you” assigns the hand the important responsibility of symbolizing credit. You got to hand it to the hand: they are handy. Another one! This time, the hand symbolizes usefulness. With all these positive symbols we assign to our hands, you can’t deny that hands are important, right?
At MAU Workforce Solutions, we feel it’s important to recognize employees for their service to our company and living the MAU values. As a family-owned business, we believe that all of our employees are members of the MAU family. The “It Runs in the Family” campaign was developed to celebrate one employee per month for “a job well done”!
Over the past 40 years, MAU has developed a unique and meticulous process by which applicants are matched with respective job openings. One of the things that sets MAU apart is our thorough hiring practices and the steps we take to ensure we staff quality employees.