When I started at Straub Construction Company over 19 years ago, it didn’t take long for me to see there was something different about this company.
Many times when you hear about a company’s “culture” it’s in reference to one particular area, how the employees of that company get along with each other. Our folks at Straub Construction overachieve in this way.
We have all of the “standard” events like the company picnic, 4 o’clock Fridays, Christmas Parties, cookouts, etc. I think something that stands out is how great the attendance is! It’s rare to have more than a handful miss our events. Spouses and kids look forward to these times together. This is just a reflection on how much our folks enjoy spending time with each other. Needless to say, that working in this environment has had such positive carryover to all our personal and family lives.
In addition, I also believe that a company’s culture is more than that. It also includes the interaction with each other, but goes to the vendors, clients, service professionals all the way to the UPS guy or the lawn care workers. I think that’s where we are unique. So many times we hear stories of bullying, intimidation, and rudeness from our vendors working for other companies. We work hard to be different!
How many companies know their Fed X or delivery service professionals by name and know about their families? How many companies go out of their way to welcome some of their vendors to company gatherings and functions? I can’t tell you the number of times strangers will say (unsolicited) how friendly it feels coming to our office.
Our folks live by the golden rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
While these are simple words, they are powerful when implemented. They are the foundation that makes Straub Construction’s culture one of a kind!