Record Rainfall, Storm Damage Give Workplace Chaplains a Chance to Address Storms of Life

February’s record rainfall in California and all along the West Coast caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization serves many of the affected companies assisting also with the personal storms in employees’ lives.

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves 770 companies in 3,000 different locations, including dozens on the West Coast, with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 658,000 employees and their family members.

The week-long West Coast storm brought record rainfall to southern California along with what local weather officials termed a 100-year flood in northern California with mandatory evacuations in the San Jose area.

As Marketplace chaplains scrambled to check on companies, company owners expressed their gratitude for the chaplains’ help in storms, literal and personal.

“This is without a doubt the best investment I’ve made for my employees and their family members,” said Paul Granlund, CEO of Northwest Commercial Carpet and Floor Cleaning located in Portland, Oregon. While his company did not suffer much commercial damage in the record winter storm, he said he is very grateful for the chaplains’ help during the stormy times of everyday life.

Another West Coast Marketplace company which is dependent on the weather, Abundant Harvest Organics located outside of Fresno, California, said they remain grateful for Marketplace Chaplains presence in their company. “We already had a health care policy, but people’s eternal health is just as important,” said company CEO Vern Peterson.

While the weather may have slowed some of his daily production of thousands of edible products, he said having his chaplain team has helped him and his employees get through many storms. “It is simple. An employee that feels cared for is a better employee, there is no question about it.”

The flooding expanded from Washington, down to Reno, Nevada, where Marketplace Chaplains had to help each other out with flooded homes while also helping employees in need.

“While major storms make the headlines, the personal storms of life go unnoticed, but not by our chaplains,” said Doug Fagerstrom, Executive President and CEO of Marketplace Chaplains. “The storm of a broken relationship, a tidal wave of a major loss or the uncontrollable ravage of cancer are thwarted by caring chaplains in the workplace every day.”

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

Valentine’s Day and Every Day Calls for the Kind, Caring Touch of Workplace Chaplains

While love and relationships were celebrated and money spent on this week’s multi-billion dollar Valentine’s Day celebration, Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization is providing real life love and relationship help every day.

Marketplace’s 1,500-plus chaplains serve the helps and hurts of life, 365 days a year, encouraging those with bruised relationships, family issues or other life problems which effect today’s business place. Many company leaders said having Marketplace Chaplains work with their employees is more important than the candy and flowers which overflowed American workplaces this week.

“Marketplace Chaplains is an organization we contract with for chaplains to call on our dealerships. The chaplains come by our dealerships weekly to say hello, speak with our team members and handle any personal issues they need to talk about,” said Huffiness Auto Dealerships Owner Ray Huffiness.

“When employees have a resource to consult about issues they’re wrestling with, they are less likely to take those burdens into the workplace and better able to manage them,” said Margaret Caput, a longtime Vice-President of Human Resources. She added it affects productivity and can help reduce absenteeism.

According to a survey of over 7,500 people conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics showed a 10% drop in those who celebrated Valentine’s Day this year as compared to 2016. And spending was down by $2.5 billion.1

Relationship issues, marriage woes and family problems have not slowed down in America’s workplace no matter what happens in the economy. And handling employee problems, needs and relationships on a full-time basis is a great company benefit according to oil company executive Hal Chappelle. “It can be whatever the employee needs it to be,” he said. “Typically chaplains visit client company offices a few times a month and stroll the hallways, popping into employees’ offices with a greeting. Those who wish can invite the chaplain in for deeper conversation or make arrangements to meet outside of work hours.”

Marketplace Chaplains Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom said having trained and caring chaplains can be a key and innovative tool in a busy executive’s toolbox on Valentine’s Day and every day. “I believe every employee in the workplace is eager for this ‘touch of love’ in their lives,” he noted. “Our chaplains show and share non-judgmental words and acts of love and kindness for every company employee they serve.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves in 770 companies in 3,000 different locations with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 683,000 employees and their family members.

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.

1http://www.investopedia.com/news/valentines-day-spending-drops-2017m-jwn/

Super Bowl Champions, Workplace Warriors Use Chaplains to Face the Hard Hits of Life

While the confetti and the streamers continued to fall at the noisy NRG Super Bowl LI stadium in Houston, the New England Patriots celebrated their championship win for the ages. Among the players and coaches commemorating the most improbable victory were New England team chaplain Don Davis and special teams veteran Mathew Slater.

That’s because the Patriots, newly crowned Super Bowl Champions, are one of the many professional football teams who use chaplains in their athlete workplaces, just as many Houston-area companies, some just miles from the Super Bowl site, use Marketplace Chaplains for their employees and family members.

“Three years from now, most people can’t tell you who the Super Bowl champion was, but we know the real champion is the work we’re doing in those guys’ lives and their families,” said Davis. “We’re here to help all and to care for all and that’s what is most important.”

Less than ten miles from this year’s Super Bowl location, leading insurance provider InsurMark has used Marketplace Chaplains for several years, bringing a needed benefit to the fast-paced industry and the growing business

“Having Chaplains associated with our team at InsurMark has been one of the most successful and fulfilling decision we have made for our associates and their family members,” said CEO Steve Kerns. “Seeing the relationship these dedicated men and women have with our people is one of the truly great things about going to work every day.”

Houston Baptist University was one of the sponsors of the NFL Super Bowl Breakfast the day before the big game, which awarded Slater its annual Bart Starr Award, but President Robert Sloan said Marketplace Chaplains has also made a big difference for his university. “Just to know they’re there on a regular basis and are available whenever needed, they’re a great representative of HBU,” Sloan said.

Slater, who spoke in person at the Super Bowl Breakfast before leaving for a Patriots team meeting, said having a chaplain has been very helpful both for his Super Bowl winning team and the workplace as a whole. “We all have problems and we all need someone to talk with about our problems,” Slater said. “As athletes and workers, we all have a platform in our lives, but without my faith and my help, I wouldn’t have a faithful platform to stand on.”

According to a Wikipedia research articleAmerican professional sports teams are among the most comprehensive and proactive in having chaplains. A 1982 international conference in Hong Kong expanded sports chaplaincy to various sports leagues in countries around the world.

Marketplace Chaplains CEO and Executive President Doug Fagerstrom said the use for workplace chaplains for both Super Bowl Champions and workplaces around the country has proven to be an effective workplace tool in an executive’s toolbox. “Every employee of every company, regardless of size or industry, needs someone to talk to about their hurts, pain, decisions, fears and failures,” he said.  “Our Marketplace Chaplains are available 24/7 to listen, encourage and offer hope with confidential non-judgmental care.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves in 770 companies in 3,000 different locations with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 683,000 employees and their family members.

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.

2017 Workplace Trend Studies Point to Increased Use of Workplace Chaplains

While U.S and international workplaces are already hard at it in the 2017 business year, several workplace trend surveys for 2017 emphasize the need for Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest, original and leading workplace chaplaincy organization.

Marketplace Chaplains in 2016 had its largest gain of new companies using the innovative employee care service of chaplains providing care for their employees and family members. Published trends point to 2017 as another big year for companies to take care of the top line—their employees—as well as their financial bottom line.

According to 2017 Workplace Trends by Sabrina Son, “82% of respondents in the Deloitte Human Capital Trends believe that culture is a potential competitive advantage. So building a work environment where employees feel empowered and valued for their opinions is another key to solving the retention puzzle.”1

As employee engagement continues to explode in importance, “employee listening officers”2 are becoming a trend in HR . . . a role that Marketplace Chaplains effectively fills by providing a sympathetic, confidential ear for employees to voice their personal concerns through regular chaplain visits to worksites.

Georgia business owner Ray Bachman, CEO of an Atlanta-area benefits company said that having Marketplace Chaplains in his company has helped his employees overcome a number of changes. “Our company, just like our country, has undergone a number of large changes, but one thing which has helped us is having chaplains here in the workplace helping employees with the hurt and heartaches of life,” said Bachman. “I feel it’s one of the best things we’ve done for our employees in these stressful sales and workplace times.”

In “10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2017” in Forbes Magazine, Dan Schawbel lists workplace wellness and well-being as a critical employee benefit for attracting top talent. “Companies realize that workplace stress is the biggest health issue that employees face so they invest in creating a more relaxing and healthier environment for them.”3 An effective way to help employees handle stress is by hiring a chaplain care team.

In Forbes “Top 10 Business Trends That Will Drive Success In 2017,” helping subject matter experts (SMEs) engaged in sales to “understand the sales process to better appreciate how customers make decisions and how to ‘sell’ with integrity” is a key component.4

Utilizing Marketplace Chaplains was “like holding an ethical mirror to the company and its leaders” according to one Texas company with a history of using Marketplace Chaplains. They saw it as a chance to restate their company values in an ever-changing environment

Marketplace Chaplains CEO and Executive President Doug Fagerstrom states, “Culture and business practices are changing all the time, but the personal inner needs of people have not changed throughout the years or any trends. Our chaplains have a timeless opportunity to listen and care for employees who are hurting, struggling with life and trying to navigate today’s problems.”

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.

1https://www.tinypulse.com/blog/2017-workplace-trends 

2https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/human-capital-trends/2016/human-capital-trends-introduction.html

3http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2016/11/01/workplace-trends-2017/2/#1892513f33bb

4http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianaltman/2016/12/06/top-10-business-trends-that-will-drive-success-in-2017/2/#1325e1ff4c03

Marketplace Chaplains Serve Top Places to Work Winners Again

For the second year in a row, several Marketplace Chaplains-served companies scored high marks in the prestigious Dallas Morning News’ “Best Places to Work” and Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” surveys. Marketplace Chaplains is America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization offering a personalized and proactive Employee Care Service with over 50% usage rates by employees.

The annual satisfaction surveys ask employees and company executives what makes their companies employee friendly. For the second year in a row, both Pioneer Natural Resources, based in Irving, Texas, and Publishing Concepts LP, based in Dallas, were labeled the best places to work for Large Companies and Midsize Companies, respectively.

Pioneer has made the prestigious Dallas Morning News list every year and the top three each year since beginning Marketplace Chaplains services in 2012. The chaplains not only serve in the company headquarters but also throughout the field offices in the ever-changing oil and gas industry. “Pioneer encourages individual input, values our families, maintains a high moral presence and trusts its employees to do their very best,” said one Pioneer employee.

Publishing Concepts CEO Drew Clancy, a third generational leader of the family-owned company, signed up with Marketplace Chaplains in May 2016 and has seen benefits since. “We at PCI are big fans of Marketplace Chaplains. Our business strategy at PCI is based on Happy Associates = Happy Clients. The Marketplace Chaplains service provides a great resource for our associates to be able to work in a confidential manner with one of our chaplains when challenges arise in their lives.”

The Fortune survey, “100 Best Companies to Work For,” summarized Texas company rankings in “The 10 Best Workplaces in Texas.” David Weekley Homes is ranked No. 3 in Texas and 17th nationally. Hilcorp ranks No. 5 in Texas and 22nd nationally. Both companies have been with Marketplace Chaplains for more than a decade. “Having a company chaplain as part of our operation sets an ethical tone for our entire organization,” said one David Weekley employee.

Like Pioneer, Hilcorp is deeply involved in the oil and gas industry and has field offices spread throughout the country. When Hilcorp expanded to Alaska, Marketplace Chaplains journeyed to the remote location to seek out the needs of employees and family members. Hilcorp CEO Jeff Hildebrand said he works hard to provide a family atmosphere at the company, sponsoring employee contests and trips and considers Marketplace Chaplains a key part of his employee benefits.

“Chaplains are more than value-added to a company’s offering of employee services,” says Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. “Every day a chaplain meets company employees, there is a corporate sense of well-being, individual support and a deeper level of personal care that cannot be provided in any other way.”

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 Assist during Hurricane Matthew and the Storms of Everyday Life

Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization, has helped innovative business leaders and their employees for more than three decades navigate the storms of life. Recently, those chaplains helped people with the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew as it came ashore on the East Coast, hampering Marketplace-served companies and employees.

While the largest forecasted hurricane in a decade did extensive damage to the East Coast, Marketplace Chaplains helped companies impacted by the storm. At North Carolina’s The Generation Companies, an employee lost everything when the powerful hurricane flooded her home. CEO Mark Daley called the help Marketplace Chaplains provided a key piece in what they do for his thriving companies in the Tar Heel state.

“Our chaplain connected with her; we got her connected to the company benevolence fund for clothing and essentials,” said Marketplace chaplain Luke Witte who helps oversees the chaplain service at The Generation Companies. “Actually, this is a typical response, but one that was tremendously appreciated. That is what we do all the time to help others.”

In Florida, the storm slammed into several Marketplace-served restaurants which operate under the name of Squid Lips, causing damage to their docks, their signs and the pond at the facilities. Chaplain’s also comforted employees who were concerned and felt ill-prepared for the storm. They were able to help them deal with the stress and offer prayer support.

“Caring and hope in an uncertain time, that’s what Marketplace Chaplains offers our employees at all times,” said CEO Buz Underill, owner of the group of seafood restaurants in Florida.

“Chaplains are there to deal with stress and help in any way possible,” added Florida chaplain Roland Barlowe.

Marketplace Chaplains offers numerous employee care services and are available for employees in the stormy times of life which is why over 110 new companies this year have added this unique workplace offering for their employees and family members.

“When a storm comes to create havoc, Marketplace Chaplains come to create hope and help,” say Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. “Our chaplains show up as first responders, because they care.”

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.

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 Delivers Vital Assistance to Truckers on the Road

While the U.S. trucking industry is a $681 billion dollar industry, according to Bob Costello, president of the American Trucking Association, with 70 percent of all freight in America being moved by trucks, Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, is tending to something of more value than the precious truck cargo—the hurts, hopes and struggles of truck drivers and their families.

Marketplace Chaplains works with several trucking and distribution companies in North America and have hundreds of chaplains ready to assist drivers with any life crises in which they find themselves.

“Our Marketplace Chaplains have been able to take us that extra mile with employees that truly makes their situation and our ability to serve them one that goes from average to where KeHE is truly this unique company,” said Rusty Bland, Vice President, Talent and Total Rewards at KeHE Distributors, based in Naperville, Illinois, and with locations all over the United States. “We have some very strong values and Marketplace Chaplains has been one of those ways that we’ve been able to live out our values as we engage with employees.”

Other trucking and distribution companies which use the unique strategic initiative of Marketplace Chaplains are Texas-based McLane Company, who has partnered with Marketplace Chaplains for a quarter century; Danny Herman Trucking, based in Tennessee; Dot Foods, just outside Chicago; and Spring Creek Carriers of eastern Canada.

Each company has a wide variety of truck drivers and other employees located in various locations, often hundreds of miles from their homes and families. While a problem or crisis can happen at any time, Marketplace Chaplains nationwide network of ready and available chaplains can address issues wherever they occur.

Recently, a Canadian truck driver was on a route outside Atlanta, Georgia, when his company learned the driver’s wife had suddenly passed away. They located the driver and dispatched a Marketplace Chaplain in Georgia to console him, drive him to the airport, and send him home to be with family in Canada. Canadian Marketplace Chaplains were waiting at the airport to help him and his family in their time of need and grief.

“Marketplace Chaplains have become a vital part of the Mt. Sterling Dot Foods family over the last 18 months. We highly value the great support the team provides to the staff and management of Dot Foods,” said Lori Cherry, Corporate Benefits Manager for Dot Foods.

Company employees can use the innovative MyChap smartphone application which allows them to interface with a chaplain via phone, text, email or to send a personalized request from any location—especially useful for truck drivers who spend the majority of their time on the road. There are also downloadable life issue resources the on-the-road employees can listen to for remote help.

The app allows employees, whether at a depot or company headquarters, to schedule a face-to-face meeting with their chaplain or to give updates on family members in the hospital, jail or going through other difficult situations.

“These hard-working men and women have been offered help and hope by Marketplace Chaplains throughout North America. Chaplains are always available to provide care and compassion to road-warriors wherever and whenever a personal crisis may arise,” said Marketplace Chaplains Executive President and CEO, Doug Fagerstrom. “On the road can be a lonely place to earn a living.  We are grateful for every truck driver who has a chaplain to call in time of need.”

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.