Relationships: The Foundation of Work United
Granite United Way's Work United initiative is an employer collaborative that improves workplace productivity and retention by helping employees access the resources they need to live a healthy and financially stable life. Our Work United team consists of three Resource Coordinators who meet weekly with clients at 12 companies throughout the Upper Valley.
Much of the work that clients do with our Resource Coordinators involves revealing personal details about their life. Some might be ashamed to share that their personal finances have gotten out of hand, some might be battling the stigma that comes with being in recovery, and others might have no idea where to start in rebuilding their lives after a crisis. In nearly every case, people feel reluctant to reach out for help.
This is where our Work United Resource Coordinators really shine. Building strong personal relationships with each and every client is a key part of their role and with a little patience and persistence, they continue to make a big impact in the lives of hundreds of employees throughout our community.
Our newest Work United Resource Coordinator, Christy Chamberlain, joined the team earlier this year and was an expert relationship builder from the start.
“Joining the Work United team was a big step for me,” said Chamberlain. “I have always been there to help out when my coworkers needed me, but this was more than that. Since I started, I’ve met some amazing people. When you have a good relationship, it’s like helping a friend!”
Over the course of Christy's first five months on the job, she made it a point to be as visible as possible at each of her workplaces, many of which were previously managed by Work United's Director, Pru Pease, from the program's inception.
I’m so proud of the way Christy jumped right in and made an effort to get to know everyone. Her friendly demeanor wasn’t threatening – she made everyone feel at ease” said Pease. “I’ve been providing resource coordination for over seven years and it takes a special person to be able to build relationships with strangers.”
If you work at a Work United company, make sure you stop by and say “hi” to Christy or any of our Resource Coordinators when you see them. You’ll be glad you did!