WE ARE NOT THE SAME COMPANY
By Gary Akers, Industrial Group Manager
As someone who has been a part of this company for over 28 years, I have seen the organization grow and evolve in countless ways. From its humble beginnings to its status as a successful industry leader, this company’s culture has played a critical role in its success. The company culture is deeply ingrained in everything we do. Over the years, I have observed the culture of the company evolve, shift, and strengthen to meet the changing needs of our organization and the world around us.
One of the most significant cultural changes I’ve seen is a greater emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. When I first started working here, employees tended to work independently. However, as the company grew, it became clear that we needed to work together more effectively to achieve our goals. That sense of teamwork and collaboration has taken root. We are encouraged to work together, share ideas, and support each other’s growth and development. This cultural shift has been important for our organization, leading to increased innovation, better decision-making, and more successful outcomes. We are not the same company from 28 years ago and I am proud of that.
This significant cultural change benefits individuals, the company, and most importantly our clients. We are not like many other subcontractors out there. Under one roof we house many trades that need to seamlessly work together to deliver a successful project. For example, we can engineer a structure, model it, do the site work/utilizes/etc, place the concrete, and then set the equipment. And this doesn’t even include all the groups we have! We must collaborate to provide value to our clients.
I share with you all something that Keith, John, Eric, Isaiah, Chad, and others who have taught me years ago. Trust in the company behind you. Lean on the team around you. Everyone is more than willing to help you, or listen to what challenges you are experiencing to help create the best outcomes. We never want to lose sight of where we started, how we started, and where this journey has led us.
I look back on my first day when I was wide-eyed at the work taking place at the old Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium, and I catch myself sometimes looking wide-eyed at the future our collaboration and diversification can bring to our clients and to all of us as part of the Wayne Brothers team.