Rockford understands the vital role the environment plays on the productivity, creativity, and wellness of a company. In the same way an open workspace encourages collaboration, artwork in the workplace can engage and inspire its team members. It is this kind of inspiration that transforms a blank wall into a beautiful mural and a building into a place with soul.
It’s easy to do things the same way over and over. That’s not Rockford. From our efforts in Grand Rapids to engaging communities across the nation, we know building vibrant places isn’t possible without considering the people who live there first.
While we continue to build environments that support these technology-rich, flexible and adaptable programs, we also must be a part of the conversation and the education process. Mentoring our next generation of tradespeople is critical.
As business thought leaders, we have the potential to create built-in value with every interaction. Our goal in creating beautiful outcomes includes so much more than just the finished project.
Monica Steimle-App joined Rockford in 2017 as Director of Property Management. As Director, Monica manages a team of more than 25 and a real estate portfolio of more than 2.4 million square feet. Read on for her advice to young people looking to get more involved in the community.
Rachel Scott, Director of Development Services for Rockford’s Real Estate Development team says, “Rockford has a civic focus and a genuine interest in bettering its environment, and the fact that they stand for quality. I wanted to join a company that was best at what it does. Because I always try to learn from the best.”
This summer, we intentionally set aside time to reflect on our values. But if there’s one thing we learned, it’s that living out our values is not, and should not be, a one-time thing — it should be embedded into our culture and at the forefront of all we say and do.
Realizing that the construction industry has lagged behind other industries in attracting females to the workforce, Rockford has worked hard to successfully recruit and retain a great number of female team members including project coordinators, project managers, superintendents, and executive team leaders. Over the next few months, we’ll share thoughts and stories from some of our own female team members as we explore what it’s like to be a woman thriving in the construction industry. Today we start with insights from Rockford’s CFO, Julie Towner.
As business thought leaders, we inspire change and drive innovation. We push forward groundbreaking ideas to make contributions that change the creativity, productivity, and functionality of built spaces. Being business thought leaders means we’re not just builders and doers – we’re solutionists.
In all that we do, we strive to be business thought leaders, provide built-in value, deliver beautiful outcomes, and create places with soul. These cornerstones represent the tradition of Rockford, the service attitude we embody, the experiences we create for our clients, and the benefits we give back to the community. They are our values and our commitment to our clients and each other.
Earlier this year, Rockford announced a new “Volunteer Time Off” policy that offers employees a full, paid day to volunteer for a charity of their choice. Some team members recently used their VTO to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.
You can’t just build it; you need to program for it. The pros, the cons, and the solutions to the open office environment.