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Being the Best in Your Business~A Success Story

2014 February 3
by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

best and brightest

by Tim Padgett

This year our company, Pepper Group, was recognized as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work in Chicago. It’s an incredible honor and we were very excited to be in the company of the other 100 organizations whom we have idolized from afar for many years.

When we heard we were being nominated, we had no idea of the depth to which our firm would be reviewed, including interviews with our employees. The comforting thing was that I knew we had a good thing going within our culture, and whether we “made the grade” or not, we were already having a good time and producing top-level services for our clients.

Well, when we were chosen I was ecstatic, to say the least. Not only was I proud, but also I couldn’t wait to share the news with the team. They had really gelled over the years and now collaborate like a finely tuned orchestra. I’m convinced that it was because of their mutual respect and admiration for each other and our clients.

How did we build those types of relationships? We did it through various ways of getting to know and understand each other’s histories, goals and passions. That’s hard to do during the hustle and bustle of our normal workdays as a marketing communications firm. We are in a hectic business and there are a lot of independent responsibilities that we are constantly juggling. So, we understood early on that we needed to make time for ourselves to slow the pace and enjoy each other.

We get out and interact with each other, and with our clients, beyond the scope of our jobs through bowling leagues, playing bocce ball at lunchtime and pub trivia on Monday nights at a local tavern. We go camping and bike to work together.

We also realize that we have the opportunity to give back and use volunteering as a way to connect not only with each other, but also with the communities in which we work and live. How lucky we are to have experiences, energy and a little extra time to share. When we give of ourselves, we share a unique bond and appreciation for each other—and those who need a hand.

When stress mounts at work and we could easily lose our patience and become short with each other, we rarely do. We know and trust our teammates to be doing the best they can and to only have the most sincere of intentions to do good for the client and company. We have a collective soul.

It doesn’t all come together overnight. We are celebrating our 20th year in business and enjoying it more and more. Building a culture that is vibrant and sustainable has meant the world to us.

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