WIKA USA is committed to recognizing 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 corporate 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 Core Value Award program two decades ago – to acknowledge employees for their hard work and dedication.
Corporate Core Values are Keys to Company 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’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
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.
Corporate Core Values Award Winners: February 2021
WIKA USA recognizes the following five employees for exemplifying one or more of the company’s core values in February.
Photo above: Masoom Vanjaria and coworkers
Michael Castaneda, Human Resources | Recognized for Safety
A powerful winter storm hit Houston in mid-February, and the results were snow, record-low temperatures, and utility outages. Through it all, Michael made sure that all was well at the WIKA location in Pasadena, Texas. Carlos Rawls writes “Michael is about as dedicated as they come, and often goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our employees and our site is safe. During the severe winter weather event in February, Michael frequently stopped by to check conditions and our readiness to open, even while dealing with his own struggles with water and power. WIKA appreciates the sacrifices Michael has made – and continues to make – on behalf of the company and our employees!”
Alexandra Sanchez, Manufacturing | Recognized for Excellence
Dedicated employees like Alexandra make WIKA the responsive, on-time company that it is. Angela Villalba writes: “Alexandra has been an excellent and crucial worker on a production line that has recently seen a heavy uptick in demand from a major customers. She has been working overtime and producing almost three times the normal amount for her cell – all without any complaints. On top of this particular demand, many other expedited orders were coming through from other customers, but Alexandra always manages to finish on time. Without her excellence, hard work, and dedication, WIKA would not have been able to keep up with this substantial increase in orders.”
Masoom Vanjaria, Shipping | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Masoom’s attention to detail ensured that two customers were satisfied with their orders. Christopher Moore wrote: “While shipping thermometers to a customer, Masoom (on 2nd shift) verified that the labels on the outer box were correct. Upon finishing packing the boxes, which needed additional packing from the manufacturing line, he noticed that the quantity and item were different. He stopped the order and ‘red tagged’ it. The next shipping day, 1st shift reviewed this ‘red tag’ item and discovered that another order was also labeled incorrectly, so both items were returned to the manufacturing line for relabeling. Masoom’s actions helped prevent two errors!”
Sarah Larbi, Shipping | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Sarah recently wore her Quality Assurance hat to ensure a positive customer experience. Bernadette Biggs writes: “Sarah was processing an order and noticed that some of the labels on individual boxes didn’t match the product. She stopped her process and brought the inconsistency to her supervisor’s attention. As it turned out, there was an issue with product labeling. Her attention to detail not only made sure that this particular customer was satisfied, but also the rest of the inventory. Thank you, Sarah!”
Irving Rosales, Manufacturing | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Justin Durr thanks Irving for all his extra work and positive outlook. “He went above and beyond to complete three rush order for orifice plates. Through it all, Irving had a can-do attitude toward getting the job done.”