Friday, August 28, 2015

What is a “Great” Employee?

What is a great employee?

Taking responsibility for your work performance gives you the power to control your destiny. Taking responsibility also means you understand what it means to be a "great" employee and then working diligently to achieve that definition.

Over the years of my working experience (some in management positions and some not), I've determined a few of the top characteristics of a "great" employee. You may have a few traits to add to this list yourself, but here a list of what I have determined to be the basics. 

Great Employees:
  •  Understand the mission of the organization and work for that purpose, not for their own agenda 
  •  Know and meet or exceed the expectations of their supervisor 
  • Speak up and offer ideas for improvement, not just sitting back and allowing problems to persist 
  • Offer a helping hand to peers, colleagues, bosses, and anyone else who needs support in the organization 
  • Want to contribute to the organization and to the team 
  • Create value for the organization 

 In other words, a great employee doesn't work for their own sake (though we all have our personal motivations for working). Great employees understand how they fit into the bigger picture and want to contribute to the success of the company. Here at Turner Machine Co. we work in a fast paced environment, dedicated to setting the standards of quality and service by providing tailored solutions to meet the automation world and machine shop needs. One of our Core Values is “Passion”. What that means is that we have a passion for building people and helping them to grow by investing a part of ourselves into one another. We are always looking for “Great” employees. If you have the qualities described above and you want to grow yourself, Turner Machine Co. has a place for you. Whether it be in machining, welding, assembly, mechanical engineering or controls engineering, we always have positions available to be filled by you.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stop and Smell the Guns and Roses

Stop and Smell the Guns and Roses 
How do you start your day? Most people have a routine, a norm.   You have a certain way you put on your socks and shoes every day. Either sock, sock, shoe, shoe or sock, shoe, sock, shoe. You may not even realize which routine is yours. Here at Turner Machine we have a routine as well. We start every day with a morning huddle as part of the Rockefeller Habits and we start the huddle with upbeat and inspiring music.  

We may start the day on Monday with Bob Seger’s rendition of "Blue Monday" or a Friday with "Finally Friday", by George Jones, but all music chosen is upbeat to get the creative juices flowing. “It’s amazing how music can set the tone of your day”, said Chris in Assembly, “Even Monday’s start off great at Turner Machine”. In the past we
have had one team member in charge of all the music programming. Lately we have assigned a week out out of the year to every team member so they get to choose the music to launch our day.
“It’s been awesome to see the diversity in music from the team while still getting all of us ready to start our day” said Jeff Turner in a meeting recently.“Everybody gets to bring a little of their personal favorites in music to the rest of the team”

If you are struggling with starting your day, if it’s noon before you really get your day started, change your morning routine with an upbeat and positive play list. Better yet, slap on some Guns and Roses and You will love yourself (and everyone else) for it!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Passion For What You Do

Passion For What You Do
By Jeff Turner

Welcome to our new TMC website and blog. My name is Jeff Turner, the Chief Energizing Officer (not the bunny) of Turner Machine Co. Inc. At TMC our culture means everything to us, and we work hard at it. When the company started in 1995 it was just me and the machines. As much as I loved what I was doing, it was hard to be passionate about machines and weldments. I could work all day at this and never receive a thank you or a “High Five” from them, so I found very little fulfillment in it. When we started hiring and bringing on new staff between 1997 and 2000 I started seeing things differently. It took some evolving, but through this journey I realized that it was the people that I was passionate about, not the machines. I learned through the process that by engaging others and pushing them outside their comfort zone, and then engaging the energy level of those around me, I could challenge them both professionally and personally. I challenge all my employees to grow though several different ways, but the most important tool we use here at TMC is reading. Let me challenge you to read the book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman if you are in a leadership role or think that you would ever be.

book multipliers by: Liz Wiseman
What I learned is that none of us are exceptional on our own, but when we surround ourselves with other people and begin to invest in them, that is when we become so much greater than we could ever imagine. Now, full circle time, I have a passion again that is hard to describe.

Ask yourself what you are passionate about. Is it your family, your job, the people in your life? Some people search for the answer to this question and never find it. I have found that people feel that just because they are good at something that they should have a passion for it, but we all know that is not always the case. Once you answer that question the next step is to determine what you plan on doing with it. I am a true believer that everyone can find their true passion and make a career out of it. Won’t everyone be jealous of you when you find yours and you fall deeply, madly in love with your work again?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

“OMG” Client experience

Welcome to the CEO Blog, Jeff Turner
Our perks what makes us better

“OMG” Client experience

We want our clients to SEE that we are DIFFERENT so that they KNOW we are their best choice. What we do isn’t easy. If it were, then everyone would do it. That’s why we call it our BHAG. We do the hard work in order to make you, the client, the “Winner”. We accomplish this by training our staff on how to “WOW” our clients. Ask any of our customers about our Client lounge and they will tell you that they feel at home here at Turner.

Want to work with us?
Does the idea of working with or for a company that goes the extra mile to “WOW” the client interest you? WE believe that it will. Take the time to learn more about our services and available career opportunities or contact us to learn more about TMC.
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