Successful organizations don’t just happen. They’re the result of many contributing factors: meticulously-planned strategies, strong leadership, great attention to detail, willingness to go above and beyond…the list is extensive.
One aspect of a next-level organization that is often overlooked, though, is the impact high-caliber employees can have. When you look a company, you typically see the CEO, President, or another high-ranked executive highlighted for their altruistic endeavors; you rarely get to see the effect a company’s individual employees have on their communities.
In general, there tend to be two kinds of employees: A) those who show up to work each day, get paid, and go home, and B) those who go the extra mile and contribute to the wellbeing of their neighbors.
At DePuy Synthes, social responsibility is a valued trait in all employees. DePuy, a globe-spanning orthopaedic and neurological company with humble origins in Warsaw, wants the actions of its employees to “move hand-in-hand” with their mission. This mission focuses on bringing patients the best and most advanced treatment technology possible; for DePuy, it’s all about increasing quality of life.
Last week, DePuy-employed volunteers showcased their dedication to living out their organization’s mission by building a ramp with Servants at Work, Inc. This particular ramp was built for Mentone resident Jimmy Nash, a former government driver with millions of miles driven without incident.
Post-retirement, Jimmy lost his left leg to peripheral artery disease, a condition caused by years of poor circulation caused by the long hours spent sitting in his vehicle. Unfortunately, because he now uses a chair to get around, his home wasn’t exactly handicap-accessible. Jimmy’s front door was reachable only by his front steps – which was a challenge Jimmy’s chair couldn’t handle.
“Ever since I lost my leg, living in this house has been hard,” recalled Jimmy, who has lived in his current home since he moved to Indiana from Virginia in 2009.
When they heard about Jimmy’s needs, DePuy’s volunteers were eager to help out. Nick, who works in global marketing for DePuy, came out and helped prefabricate the materials on the Tuesday before the build.
“When I heard about the opportunity, I was excited to get the chance to help,” said Nick, a veteran who served 3 tours overseas. “Volunteering is something that I know a lot of DePuy employees are passionate about. It gives you the opportunity to get out and about and help some people who really need it. We all want people to be willing to help us out in a pinch, so I think helping people out proactively is really important.”
Ardalan Vosoughi, Hayley Walkowski, and Liz Wiederhold all came out to the ramp build at Jimmy’s home on Friday. Each were relatively new to working at DePuy – eight months, one year, and two years of respective employment – but each had already come to value living out DePuy’s mission the same way Nick had.
“The looks you see on people’s faces when you’re doing something that’s valuable to them is very rewarding,” said Liz, who is project manager at DePuy.
Hayley, a manufacturing engineer, echoed Liz’s sentiments, also stating that the chance to change up her routine for a day “was very refreshing.”
Each volunteer was quickly put to work by Ron Richey, who coordinates SAWs builds in Kosciusko County. The DePuy employees started out laying deck boards, but quickly transitioned into working on access points, ensuring that the railings were even, and even helping Ron develop an unplanned side-ramp to give Jimmy access to his deck.
“The DePuy guys were great,” Ron said after the build. “It would have taken us twice as long to get this thing [the ramp] together without them.”
At the end of the day, the ramp looked marvelous. It had an incline level that was easy for Jimmy’s chair to scale and gave Jimmy a way to go to and from his house without risking injury. Jimmy, who had watched the entire build, was ecstatic about how quickly and how well-done his ramp was.
“It’s probably only been a month since I applied,” he said. “I expected that it would take longer than that to get supplies and volunteers together.”
Thanks in part to the DePuy employees’ eagerness to serve, Jimmy didn’t have to wait. Their care for the community was evident in their attitudes throughout the entire building process; they were fine representatives of the organization they worked for and showcased why DePuy has the excellent reputation it does.
If you are interested in contributing to the Kosciusko community like these volunteers, reach out and contact us! We are always looking for new volunteers to assist us with serving those in need.