Did you know that Populist has almost 100 employees who work for us on a regular basis? Wonderful people who come from all kinds of backgrounds and circumstances.
Our typical employee work schedules are all in different areas and in different buildings at different times. This presents two interesting challenges:
- How to create a positive team atmosphere when we often have little opportunity to meet together as co-workers.
- How to recognize and reinforce all the good work that is accomplished each and every day.
One thing we’ve done for the past several years is to host a holiday party for our employees and their families in December. There’s a very relaxed and casual atmosphere, yummy food, prizes, and even activities for the young ones. Everyone who comes seems to have a great time!
This year, co-owner and General Manager, Mike Eller, gave a bit of history on company beginnings as well as offering sincere appreciation for our employees’ commitment, hard work, individual responsibility, respect, and professionalism. Here a few of his heartfelt thoughts:
Populist Cleaning Co. was founded to provide necessary income to support two growing families, while at the same time offer the freedom to pursue personal interests and callings.
Similarly, many of our very best employees work for us to provide extra income for themselves and their families. They come to work for Populist after working a full-time day job when most likely they would rather be, well, just about any place other than cleaning a toilet.
These industrious people know the value of hard work – with the results going much further than the extra money they earn.
Cleaning is hard, but honest work, and becoming better at cleaning tasks can provide important experience and confidence to help in other pursuits. If you’re willing to clean a toilet, and clean it well for an extended period of time, the discipline you exercise easily transfers to other endeavors.
This determination to overcome financial obstacles not only strengthens us mentally and physically, but it provides a worthy example for all who know us.
When we take care of ourselves and those we are responsible for, we demonstrate on a daily basis the best we can be and the best we have to offer our families and our communities.