Business Leaders Find Marketplace Chaplains a Benefit to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Business leaders face a variety of challenges in today’s increasingly competitive corporate environment but some companies have found that acknowledging and caring about the often overlooked items like employees’ personal problems and life stresses can make a big difference in retaining employees.

Marketplace Chaplains is America’s original and largest workplace chaplaincy organization, serving over 3,600 locations weekly in companies as diverse as Fortune 500 to family-owned small businesses in dozens of different industries.

Steve Ganoe is the owner and president of St. John’s Ship Building Company in Florida overseeing a massive, steel-laden facility responsible for huge ships which haul thousands of tons of material up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Ganoe has found that the addition of Marketplace Chaplains in his shipyard can make a big difference in the small problems which can grind his shipyard to a halt.

“Marketplace Chaplains has made significant progress in diffusing employee disputes and reducing stress at the shipyard by lending a friendly and sympathetic ear when you need one,” said Ganoe.

His personal findings mirror those revealed in a survey by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) that job security and employee benefits, two items directly addressed by Marketplace Chaplains, were the top two factors in determining employee loyalty. Surprisingly, employee compensation and pay ranked fifth in their list, a common theme among most employee surveys.

“Having highly loyal employees is not a secret. It is science combined with right solutions and best practices,” said John Epeneter, former VP Product Management for Allegiance, Inc., in an earlier Allegiance.com publication. “Companies today don’t need to feel like they are alone.”1

“During weekly visits, employees are encouraged to use this informal yet confidential time to discuss business or personal matters,” Ganoe added about St. John’s employees utilizing the chaplain care team employee benefit. “Marketplace Chaplains has been invaluable in merging our corporate and employee values.”

Typical is the story of a company receptionist whose problems at home spilled over to negatively impact her daily job. “She is the first point of contact for all visitors and vendors. When I first met her, I noticed how old she seemed. Her face was long and weary. Her movements and demeanor were slow and heavy. It was curious to me that the company would have her positioned in the seat of first impressions,” a Marketplace Chaplain recalled.

“I first met with her and her husband and began to see some spark and hope come back in her life. We briefly talk and share now about the renewed love she is finding for her husband. Sure, there are still some difficult days, but she now looks ten years younger. Her demeanor is bright and energetic. The company has reclaimed the delightful receptionist they hired so many years ago.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serve more than 600,000 client company employees and their family members in 46 states, 9 provinces, 1,107 cities and 6 international countries and 1 commonwealth.

“A paycheck cannot do what a trained, caring, kind Marketplace chaplain can accomplish with the needs and hurts of employees in the workplace,” said Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657

Marketplace Chaplains from Diverse Backgrounds Handle Diverse Workplace Problems

Marketplace Chaplains from Diverse Backgrounds Handle Diverse Workplace Problems

With diversity and out-of-the-box thinking among the hottest buzzwords in the corporate workplace, Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, is continually dipping into a diverse pool of potential applicants for its rapidly growing service.

While most people know of chaplains from the military, or perhaps hospitals or even colleges, many of Marketplace Chaplains’ 1,400 trained caregivers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

Dallas Division Director Charlotte Turner was a police detective prior to coming to Marketplace, and also spent time as a missionary in one of the poorest countries in the world. California chaplain Wes Sullivan was an air traffic controller, a high school principal, and a wedding photographer. Dallas’ Terry Nettleton worked at a fashion department store, while chaplain Rick Cooper was an F-16 fighter test pilot, and national account manager Don Smith served as a textile company executive.  What they all have in common is serving workplace employees and their family members in today’s increasingly hectic and uncertain workplace.

“My empathy for daily struggles in the workplace comes from years of working in the corporate world, but the years in law enforcement, being in people’s lives at times of intense trauma, are what have uniquely prepared me to help people going through their most difficult situations,” said Turner, who observed many of life’s most tragic situations up close before becoming a Marketplace Chaplain.

Sullivan, who spent time in the military where he served as an air traffic controller, later became a high school principal in California, also worked as a wedding photographer and was on the board of directors for the chamber of commerce in his hometown.  He oversaw Marketplace Chaplains in Long Beach, California, where he met the many needs for company employees in today’s corporate workplace.  “Working as an air traffic controller taught me to handle various high priorities often at the same time,” Sullivan said. “I see that in the workplace as well.”

“Sully [Sullivan] comes into the shop and employees are drawn to him because they know his work background and he has been through many things in his career, like they have,” said EME, Inc., Chairman Randy Turnbow. “Hiring Marketplace Chaplains was one of the best things we have done for our company and having Wes as our chaplain has been a real help.”

“While the workplace needs are varied and diverse, the backgrounds of our trained and caring Marketplace Chaplains are just as varied and diverse as well,” said Marketplace Chaplains Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657

Marketplace Chaplains highlights growing workplace trend, NFL Owners See Value in Super Bowl Chaplains

Marketplace Chaplains highlights growing workplace trend, NFL Owners See Value in Super Bowl Chaplains

Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, has long highlighted a growing workplace trend as several hundred companies in North America are providing workplace chaplains with the support of strong company leadership.

But the Carolina Panthers, strong favorites in this weekend’s Super Bowl 50 in the sunny San Francisco Bay Area are showcasing another league wide trend. For Carolina and the majority of NFL teams, including their Sunday opponent Denver Broncos, it’s use of a workplace team chaplains supported by the team owner. All 32 NFL teams have a chaplain on their staff, either as a full or part-time member, or in a voluntary capacity from athlete service organization, Athletes in Action.

“It’s one more thing we can do to not only say we care about our employees, but show how we care about our employees and their families,” said Johnny Bledsoe, President of Waco, Texas-based Sturdisteel, Inc. “It’s easy to give away a trip, but to have a real impact in someone’s life who is facing life’s problems is certainly more important.”

Panther team Chaplain Mike Bunkley, a former college running back, has been with the Panthers since the team started in 1995.  Panther’s owner Jerry Richardson, in the past, has publicly spoken about the importance of a personal faith in his life.

“The owner and the coach have been very supportive of our work here and have really opened some doors,” said Bunkley, who flies with the team to each road game and has gained excellent access. “We realize we’re not at home this week, we’re in a different environment, but it’s still time to praise Him. This is a great group of guys to work with and I’m thrilled to be here.”

While not in the overpowering media spotlight of one of the world’s biggest sport events this week, Marketplace Chaplains work with a wide variety of employees on a voluntary, confidential basis.

Currently, Marketplace has nearly 2,000 chaplains serving in over 3,668 company locations, helping over 624,003 employees and their family members.

“We had some people wonder what would happen when we started the chaplain program, but now our employees would be in an uproar if we tried to take it away,” said Steve Luse, CEO of The Luse Companies, located outside of Chicago.

Regardless if the Panthers win or lose in pro football’s ultimate game, Bunkley said his role is to help in the joys and problems of their life. The same can be said for Marketplace Chaplains.

“While millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, few may notice the role the two team chaplains play in what is more important than on-field wins or losses,” said Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. “The same is true for the visionary workplace leaders who invite Marketplace Chaplains into their workplace every day.”

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-4400.

Marketplace Chaplains help combat flood of problems in busy American workplaces

When record floods hit North and South Carolina last week, thousands of local citizens and hundreds of businesses scrambled to handle the fast rising water which threatened lives, home and much-needed businesses.

But several Carolina companies turned one of the fastest growing trends in employee care and concern, using Marketplace Chaplains to help in their company recovery and repair efforts.

The Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Sumtner, South Carolina was shut down for several days during the flood, but Marketplace Chaplains which has served at the plant of a strategic initiative in the Employee Assistance Program, helped employees who had lost much during the disasters.

“The Sumter Pilgrim’s Plant is still trying to identify and assistant employees with a verifiable needs as a result of the South Carolina floods,” said HR manager Mike Crutcher.

“The chaplains are assistant by encouraging the emplo9yhees who suffered loss to get necessary information to HR.”

The week-long flood caused millions of dollar in damage both to personal homes and to company business like Pilgrim’s Pride and even maroon some Marketplace chaplain by in their homes with fast watching waters, but Marketplace Chaplain Bill Bennett said the trend of workplace chaplains can help at all times.

“We already talked to a number of employees who have been directly affected by the flood and we know that employees always have needs at the workplace. They may not have a literal flood, but we found employees and family member always have a flood or problems in their life.”

In 2015, more than 100 new companies have signed a contract to offer Marketplace Chaplains to their family. More than 3,000 chaplains in the U.S., North American along with Asia and Europe provide workplace care and compassion to more than 1,000 client company locations including those dealing with crisis and the daily issues of the workplace.

Marketplace Chaplains performs a wide variety of confidential, voluntary, non denominational services from crisis response to hospital visitation to jail visitation to dealing with the hurts or hopes of the daily workplace.

When the flood water starting rising in Columbia, South Carolina, Marketplace Chaplain Roger Acton immediacy started calling Marketplace Client Company to see if they were affected by the rising waters.

“I talked to the Sales Manager at FSI-Columbia and he said they were fine, but they value the contribution of the chaplains to their company. I called our other local clients letting them know we are ready to help in any way,” Acton said. “Right we are in the mud out phases and assessing the damage left over and the aftermath of the floods.”

Every day when Bennett enters the Pilgrim’s plant in Sumter, he seeing the message from the HR department displayed on the TVs located around the plant and offers hope and health to those he sees every day.”

“The flood of water we saw in South Carolina is an example of the flood of problems our trained and caring Marketplace Chaplains are helping combat every day,” Marketplace CEO and Executive President Doug Fagerstrom said.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

Marketplace Chaplains’ Client Companies Honored for Unique National Chaplain Offerings

PLANO, Texas – Marketplace Chaplains client companies both locally and nationally were recently honored in a variety of prestigious business publications for their innovative and effective company benefit programs, which includes the usage of Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, and largest workplace chaplaincy organization.

For the seventh year in a row, Houston-based David Weekley Homes was nominated as one of the “Top 100 Places in America to Work,” and was ranked No. 14 for 2015 by Fortune Magazine. Hilcorp Energy Company, another Marketplace Chaplains’ client company in Houston, earned it’s first-ever top 20 ranking.

“At Hilcorp, we look for three things in our employees – energy, intellect and ethics. We are very fortunate to have chaplains to care for our employees and their family members,” Chairman & CEO Jeff Hildebrand said. “They [chaplains] are a wonderful way for us to help and care for our employees, and a meaningful way to help each other.”

Hilcorp, one of the largest privately held Houston-based oil exploration companies, has provided chaplains through Marketplace Chaplains for 13 years. David Weekley Homes, a large national home builder was one of the first Houston companies to provide chaplains to their hundreds of employees, and has done so for nearly 13 years. “It’s a wise investment for our employee partners,” Chairman and CEO David Weekley said.

In Atlanta, McLane Food Service was ranked as one of the best mid-size companies to work for by the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper. “Having a chaplain in your company is one of the best, most impactful and significant business decisions a company leader can make,” said namesake company chairman Drayton McLane.

The Dallas Morning News recently released its “Top 100 Places to Work” list, and longtime Marketplace client company Pioneer Natural Resources was ranked No. 2 in the large-company category.  “Marketplace Chaplains is a perfect fit for Pioneer because it backs up our culture –  that our employees come first, even ahead of our shareholders. If we have fully engaged employees, our shareholders are the winners,” said Pioneer’s Larry Paulson, Vice President Administration and Risk Management. “By providing a resource like Marketplace Chaplains to our employees, they have someone they can confidentially share problems, vent, get solid advice and know that Pioneer cares enough about them to provide help, when talking to their boss is not an option.

“The significance of Marketplace Chaplains is we are taking an extra step in telling people we care about them (by using the chaplains), and that transcends winning a nice trip,” continued Pioneer Vice President Paul McDonald.

The Huffines Auto Dealerships, which has used Marketplace Chaplains for more than a decade, was ranked as the 21st “Best Large Company to Work For,” by The Dallas Morning News as well.  “The Chaplains have ministered to our team members in numerous ways and those team members have been blessed. I believe by having the Chaplain program it has helped to attract the team members that are a good fit for our organization.  It sets us apart from our competition,” Huffines said.

Marketplace Chaplains began in Dallas in 1984. Today, Marketplace Chaplains serves over 712 client companies at 3,693 service locations, in 6 foreign countries and 1 commonwealth, caring for over half a million employees and their family members in today’s workplace.

“I’m grateful to see these innovative companies honored and recognized for their exemplary care of their employees, and I am even more grateful they choose Marketplace Chaplains as a means in which to care and support their employees and their family members,” said Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

North Carolina Chaplain Tony Wilson Awarded 2015 Marketplace Chaplain of the Year

Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, awarded North Carolina Chaplain Tony Wilson the 2015 Chaplain of the Year honor during the recent Marketplace Business Leaders and Friends Gathering at the Cove.

Wilson was honored with the ministry’s highest individual award for his selfless service and going beyond the call of duty to serve others.

“His calm demeanor and genuine concern for others has guided many of our team members through dark times,” said Jeff Akins, Division President of David Weekley homebulder, who nominated Wilson for the award.

“He is always willing to go the extra mile. Tony has reached across many miles to offer support to extended family members. There seems to be nothing Tony won’t do to bring the Lord’s comfort to those that need it.”

Wilson has been a Marketplace Chaplain since 2006 and received the Max Griener statue, The Devine Servant and $1,000 check. His wife Caroline was with him when he received the award for long tenure and service.

“I stand here representing hundreds and hundreds of people just like me who serve every day for the sheer joy of helping others,” Wilson said. “These last nine years have been the greatest joy that any man expect on this earth.”

The North Carolina pastor has served a variety of local companies providing hope, healing and help to client company employees and their family members.

“This award to Chaplain Tony is symbolic to the thousands of Marketplace Chaplains who compassionately and professionally give of themselves to employees in the Marketplace. Just like all of our chaplains, it is clear Tony has a continual deep lasting impact on those he has selflessly served. I congratulate Tony Wilson, our esteemed 2015 Chaplain of the Year,” said Doug Fagerstrom, Marketplace Ministries CEO and Executive President.

Wilson is a North Carolina native who received a bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in 1974 and a Master’s Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in the 1978.

“I had only been at David Weekley for a few months, but Tony Wilson has had a huge impact on my life,” said one David Weekley employee. “I always look forward to his visits. He has prayed with me, for me and for family members.

“Tony Wilson is indeed a gift to our family and is considered a friend and a significant person of loving support,” another nomination read.

“He is a friend, confidant and advisor,” Akin added.

North Carolina chaplain coordinator Luke Witte oversaw his first training and Eastern Regional Vice-President Shane Satterfield has overseen his ministry in North Carolina.

“Tony has consistently served with excellence in all of his duties as a chaplain and completely embodies the expression of someone that always goes the 2nd mile,” Satterfield said.

“This year’s selection for Chaplain of the Year couldn’t be a better representation of what a true, committed, and trusted chaplain should be.”

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

Bringing In the Harvest

By Art Stricklin

KINGSBURG, California – Peterson Family Farm employee Norma Lopez has worked for the company for six years and has been in America for 15, but until Marketplace chaplain Erma Martinez walked into her life this spring, she was ready to end it all by taking her own life.

Her husband had returned to his Mexican homeland earlier this year and was found dead in February. In the two months before Marketplace Chaplains began serving in her company, Lopez still had not found the way to tell her three young children that their father would never return home.

“The chaplain came into my home and listened to the different levels of pain in my heart,” she said through a translator. “She helped me tell my children about their father, and she helped me when I had thoughts of depression and suicide.

“Now I know the Lord is here with me and He is here in the company too.”

Marketplace Chaplains was on-site as part of the first-ever partnership between America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization and a working family farm. CEO Vernon Peterson oversees the farm, a commercial fruit packing shed and Abundant Harvest Organics in his three-building, five-acre headquarters with dozens of employees.

“We already had a health care policy, but spiritual health is just as important as physical health,” said Peterson, who works with his son Erik and his daughter Heather, on the family farm which has been at the same location for more than a century in California’s fertile Central Valley, south of Fresno. “It’s the most fruitful place in the fruited plain,” he said.

He first learned about workplace chaplaincy from a local business leaders group and felt it would be a good fit for his constantly busy farm.

With recently installed automation, the dozens of workers can pack 1,000 boxes an hour of a variety of fruits and vegetables, depending on the season, often standing along a conveyer belt hour-after-hour and day-after-day.

“If you are doing a job like this every day you have a lot of time to think about your problems, and it can become unbearable,” Erik Peterson said.  If you talk about your problems that can lead to production,” he added. “No more problems leads to more production. Problems fixed tend to extend the helping hand to production. Everyone has a bad day or a problem at some time.”

“We may always want to help, but we may not have the time,” said Yrene Mendez, who oversees many of the female line workers. “The chaplains come to visit and they always have the time to offer help.”

That was the time Angelica Amaral desperately needed to be able to focus on her job of personally packing 300 to 500 boxes of fruit a day during the busy summer season, despite devastating personal news.

“I spent $30,000 trying to get pregnant and I lost the baby in the 10th week,” said Amaral via translator. “The chaplains helped me battle depression, and having the chaplain here has helped me find encouragement at work.”

“They shared the verse in the Bible about a woman who was seeking to have a child and was unable to have one. I found great encouragement in that verse, and in the fact that the chaplain shared it with me. I am still lacking the money to try again, but they have given me an open environment to share my struggle.”

Marketplace Chaplain Tomas Vasquez brought Lopez a personalized Bible, the first she has ever owned, and saw her personally accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior on the factory floor, and said regardless of the surroundings, chaplains can always help others.

“The computer work (filing chaplain reports) is very hard for me, but helping people is easy,” said Vasquez, age 72, who spent a decade as a chaplain in a local prison.

“I try to help people the way Jesus would help them. I pray while they pick fruit and I pray that I can help them with whatever is burdening them. I give glory to Him and get good feedback from employees,” added Vasquez.

Blanca Acosta, who works in the headquarters building of The Peterson operation, said employees will often ask her when the chaplains will be making their weekly visits and say they are eager to speak with them.

“It didn’t take me long to see that the chaplains give off a positive vibe. They help us make a positive change. We have a lot of issues with single moms and divorce; that’s a big one with us,” said Acosta.

“My service as a chaplain at Peterson’s is to simply serve the employees,” added Martinez. “To bring in the presence of the Lord and the love He has for people.  I minister to the employees in prayer, with a listening ear, and at times, I go on the lines where they pack the fruit and vegetables.  I give a hug and a smile, and I’m there and available to share the heart of Jesus.”

Alex Mendoza is one of many employees who has spent most summers working in the area and has many family members involved in harvesting the fertile crops as well. He has been quick to see the difference Marketplace Chaplains have made.

“I worked at another packing house and it wasn’t like this. Vernon wants to bring a Christian atmosphere here and I feel blessed to be part of it. I’ve seen the impact the chaplains have had on our employees,” continued Mendoza.

Lopez said she still struggles with the daily burdens of being a single parent to three children 16 and under, but now she has help through her job at Peterson’s and her association with Marketplace Chaplains.

“Now I always have someone to talk to and I have a phone number to call. It’s a great encouragement to me, that God is not finished with me yet. Otherwise, I think I would have no hope,” added Lopez.

Peterson, known as Uncle Vern in his quarterly magazine and large website, has built a healthy business serving the organic food needs of people up and down the California coast and has seen his wholesale business spread to companies all over North America.

He has a daily Bible verse which scrolls across the electric message board on the packing room floor. “If everything goes wrong, I will praise God,” one day’s encouragement reads. Peterson has found his most important role is feeding the needs of his employee’s souls. “It is simple. An employee that feels cared for is a better employee, there is no question about it,” said Peterson.

It’s a question Lopez answered earlier this year, saving her existence on this earth and securing eternal life for all of eternity.

Labor Day: More than an Extra Holiday, But a Reminder of the Struggles in the Workplace

Today, Labor Day may just be an extra holiday for many Americans, or the end of summer for others, but savvy business leaders are addressing the changing needs of laborers in the workforce year-round with the use of Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization.

“A lot of times, with an Employee Assistance Program, an issue or problem has already turned into a crisis. However, I consider this (Marketplace Chaplains) as part of preventative maintenance,” said David Nelson, Production Manager of Premier Silica of Bakersfield, California.

“The workplace is constantly changing and evolving, and Marketplace Chaplains has been a real asset to our company, our employees and their family members,” added Steve Luse, CEO of Luse Industries located outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Labor Day was founded more than 100 years ago in the Northeast as a salute to the growing organized labor movement. This movement began at the end of the 19th century and rescued American workers from an industrial manufacturing system that was cruel, exploitative, deadly, and often feudal… Over the century, the labor movement has produced many heroes who personify what Labor Day commemorates, and the many battles they won– against child labor, for fair wages and reasonable work hours, and for employee benefits and concern for employee safety…1

By the 1950s, more than 40% of the American workforce belonged to an organized labor union. Today that number is down to 10% percent of the working population. According to a recent survey by BizShifts-Trends, 59% of Americans see Labor Day as the end of summer and 39% see it as just another long weekend.1

The changes the labor movement helped to initiate are still in place today, and ever evolving as industries change and more and more companies are seeking additional ways to care for the total well-being of their employees.

With the increased stress and uncertainty in today’s workplace, dozens of new companies have retained the services of Marketplace Chaplains in 2015.  So many in fact, this year ranks highest in client start-ups in any one year to-date in the organizations 31-year history.

What started with one chaplain in one company, at one location, now has over 2,300 chaplains serving in 3,605 service locations in 45 states, 9 provinces, 6 international countries, and 1,081 cities.

Marketplace Chaplains are in the workplace on a daily, weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on the size of the company, helping employees deal with life’s stressors, whether they work on the factory floor or in the corner office.

“In today’s busy and hectic workplace, every day may seem like a “Laborious” Day to employees. However, forward-thinking business leaders are taking additional strides to show they care for their top-line, their employees and their families, in addition to their bottom-line,” said Marketplace Chaplains’ Founder Gil A. Stricklin

Currently, Marketplace Chaplains serves in 35 different industry types from family-owned companies to Fortune 500, serving more than half a million people across the globe.

“We consider Marketplace Chaplains a key part of our employee team, both as a resource and a friend,” said Steve Kerns, Founder & CEO of client company Insurmark, Inc. in Houston.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

References:

  1. Labor Day Has Lost Meaning– Forgotten are the Achievements of the Union Movement: Labor Day is an Anachronism… [Bizhub]

End of Summer School Time Stress Drives Employers to Unique Workplace Relief Program

The end of summer means the beginning of school for millions of children, as well as increased stress for their parents, as they seek to get their family readjusted to a new schedule, and the additional pressures of spending thousands of dollars on back-to-school clothes and supplies.

It’s a recurring trend that hundreds of employers nationally are seeking to combat with the utilization of the strategic worksite program Marketplace Chaplains, the country’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization.

“We have a lot of female employees at the bank, and the Marketplace Chaplains are really good about coming right up to them and seeing how they are doing and asking what they need and how they can help,” said Executive Vice President Pam Burdine at North Dallas Bank.

“They have been very helpful to a lot of people.”

An August 6, 2015, survey by online provider SOASTA found that many people feel getting their kids ready for school, even via online shopping, can be stressful. According to the survey, shopping online is stressful for most (91%) of those surveyed. Over half report shipping costs (57%) and inventory concerns (51%) stress them out, while 50% say not being able to test what they’re buying online is stressful.1

In its July 15th survey on back-to-school spending, the National Retail Federation reported the average American household will spend $630.36 on back-to-school items this year, and the total spending will total $68 billion nationally this year.2

Johnny Bledsoe, President & CEO of Sturdisteel of Waco, Texas, has a wide variety of male and female employees, and stated he sees the Marketplace Chaplains as a good stress-relief program for his growing company. “We always have deadlines and pressures in the workplace, but especially this time of year, when moms and dads are getting their kids ready for school and college.  That can be a very stressful time.”

That is exactly the same scenario the wife of a Colorado Marketplace client’s employee found herself in this summer when her husband’s new job moved their family to a new area. The market soon turned and her husband was sent out of state to work, leaving her alone with their five-year old son to get ready for another school year. She said the time spent with the female Marketplace Chaplains have been very helpful.

“We have built up trust, and she’s helped me keep a positive attitude, especially now that my husband has returned and we live in a small one bedroom apartment along with our dog,” the employee’s wife said.

“Our chaplains, male and female, are here on a regular basis and have proven to be an invaluable member of the team,” Bledsoe added.

Marketplace Chaplains provides more than a dozen services both inside and outside of the workplace. Services range anywhere from confidential discussions to crisis visits, and hospital and jail visitations. Currently, Marketplace Chaplains have more than 2,300 chaplains serving in 3,500 client company locations in 45 states, in more than 1,000 American cities, plus 6 international cities and 1 commonwealth.

“Stressful times never take a vacation and that’s why these CEOs and employees have found a trained, caring Marketplace Chaplain is one of the best pressure relief methods in today’s hectic workplace,” said Marketplace Founder Gil A. Stricklin

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

References:

  1. http://www.bizreport.com/2015/08/back-to-school-stressful-for-parents.html
  2. https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/after-splurging-2014-families-trim-back-school-spending-2015

Summer Stress Takes No Vacation as Companies Turn to Marketplace Chaplains

With the heat of the summer bearing down on much of the country and the heat of employee problems always on people’s minds, many U.S. and international companies are turning to a unique and proactive service to help them handle the demands of employee stress.

Polara Engineering in Corona, California, is one of several West Coast companies turning to Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original and largest workplace chaplaincy organization, to help with the stress of summer jobs.

“Marketplace Chaplains has given my employees an outlet for the stresses of life. It’s a channel of hope, a very encouraging factor,” said Vice President of Operations Lynn Mack.

“In the summer time people think it’s supposed to be more carefree, but often it’s not, especially if you have kids out of school and they’re looking for something to do. Our chaplains are down to earth people who help us deal with the stresses of life. “Many people are expecting a vacation and then find out they can’t take one or there are other issues. “Our benefit satisfaction is way up with the help of the chaplains,” continued Mack.

Polara is one of nearly 30 West Coast companies in more than 100 locations which use the services of Marketplace Chaplains, and they are grateful for not only the summer stress relief, but the year-round relief as well.

“After a sudden death of one of our employees this summer, the chaplains from Marketplace Chaplains not only helped our employees cope with the loss, but were with the employees’ family members during the difficult time,” said Nichole Moor, Human Relations Coordinator for Mark Beamish Waterproofing Inc. in Anaheim, California. “The family could not thank us enough for the service. We are thankful to have a resource for our employees and their families during times like this.”

Marketplace Chaplains provides more than two dozen services for employees and their family members for companies of all sizes and industries. Everything from hospital visitations, to weekly office visits and crisis intervention is covered by the male and female chaplains assigned to each company.

Usage is often higher during the summer when many employees expect a summer break, but often find it more stressful than normal.

Mike Curtis, VP of Operations at Wilbur Curtis, in Montebello, California, agreed that having a Marketplace chaplain as part of his company benefit package, “…has made a big difference for us,” said Curtis.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured with Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com

“These visionary executives on the West Coast have found out what hundreds of others have discovered around the world, that workplace stressors know no summer break or season,” said Marketplace Founder Gil A. Stricklin. “Having a trained, caring Marketplace Chaplain is one of the smartest decisions they can make for their company.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves in 689 companies in 1,061 locations across the country and in countries in the UK, North America and the Far East, helping to heal the hopes and hurts of employees and their family members.

About Marketplace Chaplains

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.