Work That's Worth the Trip
The Garrett Companies employees discuss their travel time to and from work and explain what makes the commute worth it for them.
If you want to measure the success of a company, just talk to its employees. Employees are a company’s best asset and at The Garrett Companies we treat them as such. Making our team members a top priority reflects across multiple aspects of our company, but it shines the brightest on our long-distance commuters.
Convenient commute time was ranked as one of the most important aspects to a job, according to SurePayroll.com. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the average travel time to work in the United States as 25.4 minutes. This is a contrast to a few of our team members at TGC.
We decided to highlight our long-distance commuters to learn more about their decision to work at TGC and how TGC has accommodated their travels to work.
WHERE DO YOU COMMUTE FROM?
Tracey Rubles, Corporate Controller: Bainbridge, Indiana
Soni Leturgez, Construction Controller: Brazil, Indiana
Evan Brown, Chief Financial Officer: Sellersburg, Indiana
ON AVERAGE, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO GET TO WORK IN THE MORNINGS?
Tracey: On a good day, 55 minutes.
Soni: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Evan: 1 hour, 18 minutes
WHAT'S YOUR COMMUTE ACTIVITY OF CHOICE?
Spending roughly an hour in the car before and after work can act as some much-needed prep time and decompression time. Our commuters use this time to relax, catch up on podcasts and listen to music.
Soni: Talk Radio in the AM, Rock in the PM
Evan: Conference calls, Real estate podcasts, Golf podcasts
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TGC?
Long commute or not, we all need a job we enjoy going to every morning. TGC has a goal of creating an environment where employees are excited to come to work and enthusiastic about contributing to the mission of the company.
Tracey: The true family atmosphere and talent of individuals.
Soni: Work environment, more time spent with family and friends [and] I love the people I work with.
Evan: The culture we have created. It is a very fast paced, collaborative company to work for.
HOW IS TGC DIFFERENT THAN YOUR PAST JOBS?
At TGC, we’re creating a fresh framework of company culture that works for our employees. We’re creating the company culture we’ve always wanted by not emulating what other companies do, and instead, creating an environment built on what works for our team.
Tracey: Every voice is heard and it is a work hard play hard [environment] on a daily basis.
Soni: [It is] appropriately staffed, [and there is] employee appreciation.
Evan: I come from a public accounting background so I never really got to dive in and learn the day to day operations of a private company. Being able to help and assist with these decisions is very exciting and challenging.
HOW HAS TGC MADE YOUR COMMUTE EASIER?
We want the best team members and we want to do whatever it may take to keep them performing the best and creating the best work.
Tracey: I'm able to work from home 1 day a week [and start work] at 9.
Soni: [It has] allowed me to LOVE MY JOB.
Evan: ? I love the people and company I work for so I honestly don’t think about the commute at all. It is always fun to love what you do.
OVERALL, WHAT MAKES THE COMMUTE WORTH IT?
With any job, long commute or not, we need a reason why this job is worthwhile to us. A reason why we dedicate so much of our time and hard work to the company.
Tracey: The great people and respectful owner who make it rewarding to be here.
Soni: I am a much happier individual on and off the job!
Evan: Just knowing where we started and where we are now, I am very excited to see where we will be in 5 to 10 more years.