March 2018 Issue
The Harper Learning Center
Hearts & Minds (Inside Cover)
Feature Story (page 3)
New Hires/Promotions (page 11)
Career Opportunities (page 12)
Employee Spotlight (page 14)
Recent Events (page 10)
The Safety Kit Your Car Needs
In an emergency, a safety kit could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Experts suggest keeping a smaller first-aid kit in your dashboard and a larger kit in the trunk for accidents.
Car safety kits often include the following items:
Flashlight (make sure the batteries work ahead of time)
Battery powered radio
Snack food including energy bars
Raisins and mini candy bars
Matches and small candles
Extra hats, socks and mittens
First aid kit with pocket knife
Any necessary medications
Blankets or sleeping bags
Tow chain or rope
Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction if you become stuck in snow
Emergency flares and reflectors
Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
Pen and paper (to write down information if you leave vehicle)
Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter (this is always a necessity during any weather)
Your car kit’s contents can also act as a distress signal in case of roadside emergencies. Tie a fluorescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window if you are stuck. New gadgets like the HALO Bolt sold at Halo2Cloud and QVC allow you to jump your car, as well as charge your phone. This latest tech can help in an emergency and give you peace of mind for traveling family members.
If you’re not up to putting a safety kit together yourself, you can purchase one online at the Red Cross website.
"I love the open concept of this new floor plan and the splashes of color on the walls. It really makes the office a unique and inviting space to work in."
The Learning Center Debut
Harper’s new Learning Center in Orlando accommodates the growing need for leadership, technical and general training throughout the company. Beyond training exercises and sessions, employees can even host events and meetings in the 1,150 square foot space.
The Learning Center includes a 40-seat training room enclosed in glass and can be configured to meet a variety of layout styles: round tables, U-Shaped seating, classroom and more. The systematic placement of floor outlets, two wall monitors, one high resolution projector and correlative AV equipment also make this a contemporary space fit for the implementation of the latest and greatest technology. The design of the room also features Harper brand colors and logos, subliminally fostering a true company spirit for all who use the space.
The sleek design continues into the foyer, more adequately nicknamed ‘The Pre-function Room.’ This entry to the training space provides the visitor a unique Harper look and feel from the start. A long farm-table with pipe table legs, a vintage light fixture made to look like ductwork and splashes of the Harper green, yellow and blue fill the space as a nod to the company’s services and brand. In addition, plenty of seating and technological equipment make the prefunction room not only a state-of-the-art area but also a very functional one.
Deeply involved in the design and dedication of the facility, CEO Charlie Bacon reiterated its value to the company.“The Learning Center is instrumental to our future as we grow organically and through acquisitions. Not only is the center designed with the latest training technology, but it was also built with the purpose of fostering collaboration between branches and reinforcing our company culture and values. Simply put, we care. This state of the art space provides a place for people from all over the company to live that value out. It’s here that we can come together and engage in conversation and problem solving, further developing our people and allowing this company to thrive,” said Bacon.
Bacon and fellow CEO's met at the Learning Center for an Incident & Injury Free (IIF) meeting early February with the Service division's SeCorps Training following shortly thereafter.
by Katie Mistry
February’s Innovation Winner, Ron Turner, submitted an idea that is in the process of being tested, adjusted and implemented. He has proposed a better solution for shared multi-site file access.
This software is a storage solution with a cloud infrastructure, though each location still retains an on-premise storage server. The on-premise storage provides the accessibility and performance of traditional storage, while the cloud infrastructure adds unlimited scalability, automatic offsite protection and multi-site access to files. Multi-site access enables several locations to work on a single set of shared data. Some additional benefits outside the original scope include:
More frequent backups of files. File changes made in short periods of times throughout the day are recoverable instead of having to revert back to the previous day's copy.
There is no longer a need to archive files to separate storage. Stale files are automatically evicted from the on-premise storage but continue to live in the cloud.
Disaster recovery is greatly enhanced. Users at a disaster site are redirected to other locations for file access until the recovery is complete.
All employees have a chance to become a company Innovator and receive $500!
(The below links are accessible to Harper employees)
Click HERE to submit your ideas. You can also visit the designated Innovation Forum page on our Intranet by clicking HERE.
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by Trish Atchison
Did You Know?
Every minute your heart pumps about five quarts of blood through a complex system of blood vessels, translating to approximately 2,000 gallons of blood every day! All this pumping means that a healthy heart should beat 60 to 100 times per minute. And while this incredible organ is only the size of your fist, it not only has the power to keep you alive, but it can also do some damage - if not properly taken care of.
Heart Health is this month’s “Health & Wellness” focus in honor of this past Valentine’s Day. So to maintain a healthy heart and fend off heart disease, follow these healthy habits.
1) Follow a heart-healthy diet! Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, limiting yourself to about 5 or 6 percent of your daily calories.
Major sources of saturated fat include:
Sources of trans fat include:
Healthy fats from plant-based sources are okay to eat — such as avocado, nuts, olives and olive oil. They help your heart by lowering the bad type of cholesterol. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet - a goal of five to ten servings a day - will be a great addition to your daily intake. Also, adding two or more servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and tuna, may decrease your risk of heart disease.
2) Get up and move! The weather is getting warmer, so get outside! Winter-weather related depression and frequent periods of sitting can increase the chances of heart disease. Doctors argue that excessive amounts of sitting is the “new smoking”. Doing activities as simple as standing or shifting from side to side activate genes that create chemicals and proteins to help us process blood sugar and cholesterol and create a healthier atmosphere in the walls of our blood vessels. These activities lead to a lower risk of heart disease as long as you move around at least every hour for a few minutes.
Keeping the simple tasks of moving from your desk and changing your diet can help you lead a happier, healthier life with a happier, healthier heart.
Enjoy life to the fullest knowing you have the means to maintain a healthy heart. Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!
The 20th annual LCI Congress, Oct. 15-19 in Orlando, Fla., will end with Gemba Walks on Friday, Oct. 19. If your organization has an active construction project, manufacturing site, Big Room or office space implementing Lean processes, you should submit a Gemba application by March 15.
Preference will be given to sites:
Demonstrating Lean practices
Within a 45-minute drive from Orlando
Show off your firm’s Lean processes and tools with 2018 LCI Congress attendees and benefit from their unique insights! For questions on the LCI Congress, contact Joan Piccariello, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lean Congress Institute (LCI) is hosting their 20th annual LCI Congress Expo from October 15-19 in Orlando, FL, and our very own Kevin Labrecque, SVP of Operational Excellence, is this year’s LCI chair. Kevin's involvement is an extension of Harper's 9+ year commitment to it's lean journey. He serves as a Lean Construction Institute Certified Improved Instructor, providing training on and facilitation of Lean Project Delivery techniques on behalf of the Owner, Design Team, CM and Limbach. Since joining LCI, he has been an integral member in assisting the organization achieve its vision of “transform[ing] the Built Environment through Lean Implementation.”
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Born in 1910 in Hall, Indiana, John Wooden had a dream to play basketball - and not just to play but to inspire other players. After winning his high school team a state tournament title in 1927 and his college team, Purdue, a national championship, Wooden went on to play several years of professional basketball where he learned a few things about the game and more importantly, about life. His Pyramid of Success, as he called it, was something he took with him once the college season ended and the next season of life began. It became an icon, as did he, throughout his illustrious coaching career. And with the excitement of the college-level, national tournament, March Madness, returning this month, it seems a fitting time to bring Wooden’s Pyramid of Success to Harper.
The basic foundation of Wooden’s pyramid rests on the idea that “success is peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.” This effort Wooden speaks of intertwines each section of the pyramid, pointing to its peak, the pinnacle of success: Competitive Greatness through Faith and Patience. As we flip on the TV to watch 68 teams battle for success this March, be reminded of John Wooden’s wisdom and what it takes to be great. It’s not one single quality, but a foundation of hard work that makes an individual and by extension, a company, truly successful.
Keep selling, estimating, invoicing, welding, fitting and managing - having faith in what you do and patience that it will turn out as it should. Harper, Competitive Greatness is “being your best when your best is needed and enjoying the challenge” as it comes.
A Reflection on March Madness & the Great, John Wooden
10 Employees at the Lake Mary branch made a pact on January 29th to lose weight for one month. Well, the results are in... the group, 8 men and 2 women, lost a collective
That's a 4.5% average weight loss per person! The rules were simple: Each person weighed in on Monday mornings (minus shoes, belts, watches, wallets, etc.), contributed their $20 buy-in fee, and the person that lost the largest percentage of their starting body weight at the end of 30-days would win the pot. Rob Phelps, BIM Specialist II, proposed the idea to a few colleagues hoping that they would hold him accountable in his weight loss journey. They all soon realized that weight loss was just a by-product of adopting a healthier lifestyle. Participants were walking each day at lunch, wearing pedometers, eating healthier lunches such as fruits & salads and staying away from the occasional "vendor supplied" donuts. Congrats to all and thanks for the inspiration!
Everyone had a great time at the SeaWorld outing!
Thanks for coming out!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER:
Weight Loss Challenge
Shawn Tinsley - Area Service Manager 2-19-18
Chuck Hutchinson - General Superintendent 2-18-19
Bryan Quero - BIM Specialist 2-20-18
Position: Accounting Administrator
What is your favorite part about working for Harper?
My favorite part about working for Harper is the ability to work independently and having the trust from the people I work with.
How do you define success?
I like to set a goal, plan the steps to achieve that goal. But also knowing that plans don't always go as you think they will and being able to adjust along the way
What do you like to do on your days off?
I love to go to the beach and collect shells or hang out at home relaxing by the pool!
What is your hidden talent?
Making soup! Who knew?!
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