Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and bestselling author, recently featured Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Annie Kao on his TED original podcast WorkLife. Adam and Annie were joined by Berkeley Haas Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jenny Chatman (full disclosure, she’s a member of Simpson Manufacturing’s Board of Directors) to discuss “The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture.” Continue reading “Discussing Simpson Strong-Tie Work Culture on the TED WorkLife Podcast”
Sheila Johnson is an IT Technical Project Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. For Veteran’s Day we’re proud to present her Navy story and how she arrived at Simpson Strong-Tie.
Values, principles, pride, commitment, honor, courage, trust, family and friends, goals, respect, success, opportunities and fun. My life and Navy service share these words. Most of these also appear in Barclay Simpson’s nine principles of doing business. Continue reading “A Simpson Strong-Tie Navy Veteran’s Journey”
Our company values are defined by the nine principles of our founder, Barclay Simpson. The eighth principle is “Give Back.” According to Barclay it reflects the idea that “we’re all connected in some way and are all part of a greater community. It’s important to make what impact you can – you may not have the financial means that others might have but whatever you can do, do it. Look for small ways to give back every day.” Dena Lee, a Customer Service Representative from our Stockton branch, has taken that value to heart. She shared with us why this is her favorite value and how she applies it to her personal life.
“Company culture” has become a catch-all term to express the essence of what makes an organization good (or, in some cases, not so good) to work for. As a human resources leader, it’s my honor to work with teams dedicated to acting as positive influencers in the culture of our company. When we set out to create new processes to protect and grow the unique culture of Simpson Strong-Tie, we had outstanding direction from our founder, whose values are as relevant today as they were more than 60 years ago when he first opened the doors.
Finding the right talent has never been more difficult, in my memory. It seems companies are clamoring for rock stars and unicorns and doing whatever they can to find and attract them. Salaries are on the rise, but so is turnover. With every valued employee that leaves for a new opportunity, the workload grows for depleted departments and internal recruiting teams. It’s a cycle that’s accelerated by making poor leadership hires or encouraging a candidate exclusion approach where only the most perfect choice will do.
Continue reading “The Forgotten Talent Acquisition Tool — The Internal Candidate”
“Give Back” is one of our nine Company Values established by our founder, Barc Simpson. He said, “No matter what each of our personal situations is, we know that there are many others in this world who will never have the opportunities we’ve had. It is our responsibility to reach out, in whatever manner we can, to support others. We’re all connected in some way and are all part of a greater community. It’s important to make what impact you can. . . . Look for small ways to give back every day. Help out your neighbor, make time for others, do what you can.”
“When people join our company, they don’t come for a bus stop. This is a career.”
— Barclay Simpson
That quote from our company founder is one of my favorites. I had the pleasure to work very closely with Barc when he was alive, and I can tell you that he truly believed and invested in people. I’m certainly a product of that belief.
Continue reading “From Our CEO: Why Company Culture Matters”