Each month, WIKA USA recognizes employees who exemplify one of the company’s seven core values. The peer-nominated award is presented to employees who go above and beyond in their roles, all while upholding WIKA’s commitment to integrity, customer satisfaction, partnership, safety, continuous improvement, social responsibility, and excellence.
Established when WIKA was founded in 1946, core values are the standards by which WIKA measures itself and its employees. Thanks to employees’ commitment to these values, WIKA has become a worldwide leader in industrial measurement technology. The company would not be where it is today without this dedication from within.
Employees who do more than expected are vital to WIKA’s overall mission of helping customers succeed through superior instrumentation solutions. This is why WIKA USA began the monthly Core Value Award program almost 20 years ago – to acknowledge employees for their hard work and dedication.
Core Values are Key to Success
A peer-nominated program, Core Value Awards give employees a special way to thank their colleagues for doing extraordinary work. Recipients are recognized for making a positive impact on WIKA USA’s continued success. Each nominee is chosen for exemplifying one of seven core values:
- Integrity: Promoting ethical business practices
- Customer Satisfaction: Creating positive customer experiences
- Partnership: Encouraging collaboration in the workplace
- Safety: Maintaining a safe work environment
- Continuous Improvement: Improving WIKA policies and processes
- Social Responsibility: Improving the community and the world at large
- Excellence: Exceeding expectations in work that directly impacts company success
Each month a committee composed of senior managers chooses the winners, who receive a plaque, monetary award, and a designated parking spot at the main WIKA USA campus in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
October 2018 Core Value Award Winners
The following WIKA USA employees were chosen for exemplifying a corporate core value.
Photo above: Damien Smith and coworkers
Damien Smith | Recognized for Excellence
Felicia Hicks and Brent Docker explain why they nominated Damien for Excellence: “After the installation of our new racks, Damien took on the task of getting our most used inventory back into location. Damien worked with determination to get this completed in one day. His determination paid off and, as a result, was beneficial to the whole team. We are thankful for his hard work and efforts.”
Amy Guan | Recognized for Excellence
“One customer has some special requirements for calibration accuracy,” said nominator Erich Berninger. “For the longest time, we struggled to consistently produce and calibrate the product as requested. Since we streamlined this customer through Amy only, our Finance department reports that all have been perfectly in tolerance. Job well done!”
Doug Lasch | Recognized for Partnership
Both Jeff Wood and Lisa Byard praise Doug’s helpful, collaborative spirit during a major racking project in September. The parts department, aisles, and portions of Doug’s area were very congested when the install crew arrived, and about 50 pallets had to be moved. Jeff was working on clearing the floor so the team could stay on schedule. Doug saw the problem and offered to help. Jeff thanked him but said he didn’t want to intrude on Doug’s normal responsibilities.
“The next thing I knew, Doug got a pallet jack and helped me for the next two hours,” Jeff said. “This behavior is very typical of Doug. The good news for WIKA is that Doug’s normal work ethics are something we all could model. The bad news for Doug is that his great work and team attitude is so common that it often goes unrecognized. Thanks again for being a model teammate and all that you do on a regular basis, Doug.”
Lisa echoed the above sentiment about Doug’s exemplary attitude, adding that he never fails to offer a warm welcome when she onboards employees and to set a good example. “Whenever he sees me out on the floor with our new hires, Doug quickly jumps to his feet, greets them, and takes the initiative to provide a detailed departmental overview and explain how it may relate to their area of the business. Doug, thank you for always making time in your schedule to recognize the overall importance of that first impression.”
Bill Wilson | Nominated for Customer Satisfaction
Trenton Davis may have formally nominated Bill for this award, but only because Trenton received this email from a very happy customer: “I wanted to take a few moments to drop my two cents’ worth about Bill. He has been very helpful and responsive to all of my needs, and I really appreciate all that he has done. He is getting back to me very quickly with all my requests, and it is immensely helpful and refreshing. Please pass on the good word!”