The Ties That Bind

When we talk about caring for others in the workplace like family, what does that look like? Is it just about being nice to the person in the cube next to you? Maybe going to lunch together every once in a while?

Maybe it’s something much deeper.

There are many different types of families here at Barry-Wehmiller. We have many people throughout our businesses who are related by blood or by marriage – husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters, as well as aunts and uncles and cousins.

There are also the extended families of friends and co-workers whose bonds are created through shared environments, work spaces and goals. We wouldn’t expect those bonds to be as strong as those created by blood or marriage, but they are often just as meaningful.

Here’s a story of a family at our Paper Converting Machine Company in Green Bay – Mary Polacarz and her daughter, Melissa Sevcik – who, in a time of crisis, found out how strong the bonds of their extended work family can be.

THL: The ties that bind from Paper Converting Machine Company on Vimeo.

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $2+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 11,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

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Jim Neumiller
8 days 19 hours ago

Wow! I’ve read Mr. Chapman’s book, Truly Human Leadership, and am astounded by the possibilities that “could be” for workers around the world

This short video and Mr. Chapman’s animated video explaining the bags and simplicity of the THL concept should be mandatory for any supervisor, manager, or leader placed in charge of even one other human being.

We’re all in this together. How much easier could it be if we liked, respected, and cared for each other?