Winner of the 2016 When Work Works Award

June 9, 2016 BY Sharon Soliday, CCC-SLP

How employees feel about their company and how you treat them makes all the difference in a business.  If you’re going to be successful, you better put people first.

When I became a mom, it was literally no longer negotiable. Kids and families come first. And over our 11 years as a company, I’ve tried in lots of different ways to make work work for people.

Today, with the commitment, help, and vision of each and every one of our staff, we’re getting it right. The Leadership Team and I are always working hard to ensure we are the place smart and capable people want to work. Someone out there noticed.

when work works winner
We are thrilled and honored to officially announce that we have been honored with the national 2016 When Work Works Award for our use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country and we were among 19 winners in Oregon. We received our award from Family Forward Oregon at their annual luncheon earlier this week and were handed our award by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
Leadership Team WWW award

Us. Trying to play it cool.


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A bad photo of the very-hard-to-photograph-but-very-beautiful award.

But equally important to me was the evening I spent glitterizing boxes and writing personal notes on a card prepping for a grand donut hole delivery operation the Leadership Team undertook to celebrate this award. Each and every Hello staff member received a hand-delivered box of donut holes and a note of thanks. Oh, and FYI, one of our staff members has 4 kids who she says become very obedient every time a Hello gift arrives. I couldn’t imagine making kids share such a treat or someone going without. And so everyone got 6! Plenty to share. 🙂

donut holes

One THFer commented, “On horrible Paleo diet so I can fit into my shorts from last year and this little gift arrived. Guess I better take one for the team!”

Interestingly, that alone is a small window into how we operate at Hello. Every Hello family member matters.

Thank you to When Work Works and to the entire Hello family, near and far, for the affirmation we are doing a good job striving to take care of our staff.