The foundation of Jabil’s Respect. Recognize. Reward. program is built on a respectful work environment where everyone is empowered to contribute to the success of the company. The program’s goal is to discover, highlight and share employees’ superior performance and their commitment to helping others.
Employee recognition has always been an integral part of Jabil’s culture and, following our belief in empowerment, each site designed its local recognition program to fit its unique culture. When the Respect. Recognize. Reward. program was developed in 2010, it was critical that sites continue to run its local programs while at the same time, giving them the ability to submit exceptional employees for global recognition. This structure has resulted in hundreds of Jabil employees, from all departments, locations and functions, to be recognized and celebrated each quarter. Employees’ actions and results vary, but their contributions all support Jabil’s Guiding Principles.
A few years ago, Organizational Effectiveness Manager Danielle Szostak was on the outside looking in when the Warrior Dash, Mud Run, and Boot Camp phenomena swept across the nation. This new brand of fitness challenged conventional methods by infusing new techniques, equipment, and team-driven obstacle course races.
“I was seeing it all over social media,” said Danielle. “I thought to myself, if everyone else is doing it, why can’t I?”
She hasn’t looked back since.
Danielle’s coworkers encouraged her to participate in the Camp Gladiator Boot Camp offered by Jabil. The intense nature of the workouts taught her to fight her body’s natural resistance to new exercises and routines. “It was tough, but seeing my coworker’s efforts inspired me to fight through the struggle,” said Danielle.
It was ultimately a multitude of factors that lead to her transformation, but Jabil’s partnership with the American Heart Association helped change her view on health and fitness. To keep her motivated, she participated in a variety Lunch & Learns on healthy eating and being active at work.
“I strongly believe that being part of an organization that embraces and promotes this lifestyle directly correlates to a more productive, creative and engaged workforce,” said Danielle.
Another aspect of Jabil’s involvement with the American Heart Association embraced by Danielle is their educational outreach in the Tampa Bay community which brings awareness to the importance of heart health. Additionally, she recently became the first participant to complete the Jabil Cares Virtual 5K race designed to raise funds for heart research.
Danielle is continuing to challenge herself and defining what she once thought was impossible. In the future she hopes to complete a 10-mile run and reduce her 5K time to 8 minutes/mile. Danielle jokes, “This should keep me busy for awhile.”