Tom Osborne helmed one of the greatest dynasties in college football. (As a lifelong Iowa fan, let me just apologize briefly to my parents for making that statement.) He surrounded himself with assistants who were loyal to the program and to his process, which was to take good players and make them a great team. Many assistants were with him for more than a decade, building traditions and earning championships. Building teams like Tom did doesn’t happen much anymore—except here at NPPD.
NPPD, like many other companies, recognizes the service anniversaries of its employees in 5-year increments. If you are like me, you enjoy celebrating these milestones by having some cake with your colleague while teasing him or her about how fast time flies or how bad their hairstyle used to be. But when was the last time you went to a 35th service anniversary like I did last month?
It boggles the mind to think of all the changes that have occurred since 1979! Not to mention all the folks who weren’t even born 35 years ago. A 35 year service anniversary isn’t even a record for NPPD. Several individuals have spent their entire careers with our company and have more than 40 years of service. I have been to service anniversary celebrations for a group of people with more than 100 years of combined service. I am told one NPPD colleague worked well into her 80s before finally retiring. I would have liked to attend that celebration, because the longer the dedication of serving the more food!
Several individuals have spent their entire careers with our company and have more than 40 years of service.
When I first started working at NPPD (7.5 years ago!) and was meeting other employees, I was shocked by how long folks had worked here. I was also curious as to why they stayed, as I had never worked for an employer that could garner that kind of loyalty and longevity from its employees. It didn’t take me long to see that employees stayed because they loved their jobs and they were treated well by their employer as part of a winning team. It is also apparent that they are also dedicated to providing an essential service to their customer owners. As I look around today, a significant number of those folks are still here providing that same high level of service.
Just like Tom Osborne, NPPD has built a dynasty rich with tradition and success. We have experienced and dedicated staff molding our good new recruits into great ones. Day in and day out, we put that experience and dedication to work for the citizens of Nebraska. We may not celebrate with National Championship Trophies, but if that is not worth a piece of cake, I don’t know what is!