Journal Opinion: Singing Their Praises

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – What makes you want to want to roll out of bed, grab that first cup of coffee and head to the office, factory or wherever you go to make a living?

As we’ve learned, it isn’t all about the paycheck.  

According to a newly released study – one of many that mirrors post-pandemic conclusions – the top workplace demand in Ohio is not going into the workplace at all. A study by job-matching service Lensa found that remote work is the top demand among Ohioans, who completed 646,000 job searches. That was followed by four-day work weeks, work-life balance, corporate social responsibility and professional development.

We understand the attraction and appreciate the need in some cases of working remotely, a practice employers adopted during the COVID-19 shutdowns to keep operating. Many retained it as an option or implemented a hybrid schedule, finding that remote work enhances rather than inhibits productivity and increases employee retention.

In our second annual Great Places to Work feature, published in this and the previous two editions, we asked readers to nominate co-workers who make their workplaces pleasant, welcoming and inspiring. 

John Reed at Aim Transportation Solutions was praised for his knowledge and friendliness. “John’s drive, openness and vibrancy permeate throughout Aim’s culture and make us a better organization,” said nominator Jessica Bochy Deane.

Sidnie Cope, who joined Peaberry’s Café in November, rose through the company’s ranks quickly and nominator Chris Pendleton attributed to her a 30% increase in beverage sales. “She is extremely popular with customers and has helped recruit new team members,” he said.

Amelia D’Angelo, one of the Platt Insurance employees who nominated Ellie Platt, praised her as “a mentor to help guide me, provide support and be my motivator as I establish my career and my life path.”

Several readers cited humor when praising their colleagues or bosses. Among these nominees are Marlin Palich at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stouffer Realty and Ralph Sandy at the Mahoning County Career & Technical Center.

Laura Phillips at TG Real Estate credits Rollin Gosney’s success to his kind nature and willingness to connect to others. “Coming to work is effortless and stress-free because I know that if I have a question, it is safe to ask,” she said.

Then there’s Renee Dugan’s contribution at Dawn Inc.  “No matter how hard your day may be, she can lift your spirits. With a bounce in her step, she makes us smile every day. Renee’s cheerful humming and singing are my favorite sounds in the office,” said one member of the Dawn team.

It might be true, as anglers swear, that even a bad day of fishing beats a good day of work. But it’s great to be able to go into a workplace where the people you work with make the job easier.

Sometimes with a song or a hum. 

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