holiday travel safetyAs the year comes to an end, holiday travel begins to increase. Whether going home to see family or taking a year-end vacation, crowds in airports and on roads significantly surge in November and December. In addition to the feeling of holiday hustle and bustle, this extra traffic presents many opportunities to practice travel safety.

Safety is the top priority at Rogers. This means safety everywhere: on the production floor, in the office and especially while traveling.  At Rogers Corporation, being a global company means many of our employees travel for work. Here are some good travel and safety tips our employees have picked up over the years.

  1. Allow yourself plenty of time.

“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush, stumble and fall.” – William Shakespeare

Take your time. Allow plenty of time to get through security at the airport, to drive through traffic on the freeway and to enjoy the people and sites you are visiting.

  1. Be prepared for unfamiliar territory.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

When traveling somewhere unfamiliar, it is exciting to see new sites and have new experiences. However, take some time to acquaint yourself with these new surroundings. Review the hotel’s evacuation route, examine a city map before visiting and plan to arrive in the city during daylight for easier navigation.

  1. Have backup identification on hand. Just in case.

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.” – Francis Bacon

The sentiment of this quote is true; grace and courtesy go a long way no matter where you are visiting. Still, it is always a good idea to have a backup ID. Whether it is to get through airport security, purchase goods or check-in to a hotel, the need to provide identification seems to be more common while traveling. In the off chance that your primary form of identification is lost, having a secondary ID saved in a different location (say, your luggage instead of your wallet) can help avoid several headaches.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is ready.

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” – Walt Whitman

If you are driving your personal vehicle, give it a good check-up before embarking on a road trip. Proper fluid levels and a well-charged battery allow for peace of mind as you navigate busy schedules and even busier roads. Whether renting a car or driving your own, be sure to check the weather and be ready for upcoming road conditions. Cold forecasts can require considerable planning. Some good items to equip your vehicle with include an ice scraper, blanket, water, rock salt and even a shovel.

  1. Enjoy yourself.

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain

While this may not be a practical tip to help you prepare for your upcoming holiday or vacation, it is an important one to remember. Enjoy yourself and find the humor in situations that may be less than ideal. Stuck in traffic driving up the road for a holiday dinner? Have a family karaoke session. Flight delayed while flying across the country for a much-needed getaway? Catch up on your reading list. By finding joy, regardless of the situation, you can help alleviate the stresses of travel and enjoy the memories being made.

From all of us at Rogers Corporation, with a bit of preparedness and positivity, we hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season.

This entry first appeared on Rogers Corporation’s internal “Leadership Blog.” Our CEO, Bruce Hoechner, and his senior leadership team write weekly posts for Rogers’ intranet, generating many likes and comments from colleagues around the globe.

 This blog was written by Gustavo Araujo, Rogers’ Vice President of Global Supply Chain, and has been edited for external publication.

I believe that one of the most valuable programs we have at Rogers is the Thank You Awards. What I like the most about the program is that it offers a way for our employees to demonstrate their gratitude to one another for efforts that go above and beyond their day-to-day activities. It is fascinating to see the great things our employees are doing every day and, even better, seeing that their colleagues are paying attention and thanking them for their dedication. Every day I read two or three Thank You Award stories and I really enjoy them.

Express Your Gratitude- VP of Supply Chain Gustavo Araujo

This is what prompted me to write this week’s blog. The importance of gratitude not only in our workplace but in our homes, in schools, in stores, in everyday situations.

Why should anyone thank you for just doing your job? And why should you ever thank your coworkers for doing what they’re paid to do?

Since we spend most of our time at work, it’s a perfect place to practice gratitude! Human nature makes it easier to be grateful when we have good days. But I think we should practice being grateful even if we are having an “off” day. It can actually lift you to find something to be grateful for in the midst of difficulty.

I’d like to share an article that appeared in Forbes magazine written by Amy Morin, “Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude that will Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round.”

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion, the magazine of the American Psychiatric Association. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
  1. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
  1. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  1. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
  1. Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
  1. Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs—a major factor in reduced self-esteem—grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
  1. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Recognizing all that you have to be thankful for —even during the worst times—fosters resilience.

So whether it’s through a Thank You Award or simply telling someone you appreciate them, let’s give gratitude a chance. Practice it and enjoy it.

The Rogers team is passionate about helping the world’s leading innovators solve their toughest material challenges to help power, protect, and connect our world. How we conduct our business is just as important as what we achieve. We strive for “Results, but Results in the Right Way.” That means making choices that are based on what is ethically sound and not just what is easy or expedient.

We believe that corporate responsibility is a commitment to managing our activities in a responsible way from business ethics to health and safety to human rights. This is why we have spent a great deal of time developing the Rogers Corp. Corporate Responsibility hub and updating our Code of Business Ethics.

“Our corporate reputation is built on the trust and confidence of our employees, customers, stakeholders, and the communities in which we operate,” states Bruce Hoechner, CEO. “This trust is one of our most valuable assets. Our Code of Business Ethics explains what is expected of each of us at Rogers as we work to achieve our business goals. Compliance with this Code is mandatory and the cornerstone of our ethical culture that we reaffirm daily in our business activities.”

The Rogers Code of Business Ethics describes how our cultural behaviors are to be translated into concrete actions. It is organized around the following policies:

The Rogers Corporate Responsibility hub provides an inside look at the conscience of our company and how we operate around the world. Updating our Code of Business Ethics is the next step in an evolving commitment to demonstrate what we believe in at Rogers Corp. Stay tuned for more.

If you have questions, please contact the Rogers Legal and Compliance Department or Ben Buckley, Associate General Counsel & Director of Global Compliance and Integrity, at ben.buckley@rogerscorporation.com.

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By Jill Malczewski, Marketing Communications Supervisor

Imagine it’s your first day at a new job. You arrive at the company and no one is expecting you. After walking around in circles, you locate your desk where you can’t log into your computer nor use the phone. Your supervisor is nowhere to be found and you start thinking, “Hmmm, did I make the right decision?”

Jill_M_2017_laptopWell, no reason for fear here! Being a new employee at Rogers Corporation has been refreshingly accepting and enlightening. From the start I felt welcomed, comfortable, prepared, and supported. The onboarding process can vary across the organization as Rogers expands and relocates its headquarters to Chandler, Arizona, but one thing remains consistent – the culture. It is evident Rogers invests in its employees’ success, focusing on satisfaction and retention.

Almost immediately, the lines of communication were established between my direct supervisor and Human Resources, outlining first day expectations (parking, arrival time, paperwork, agenda, etc.). It began with a building tour along with face-to-face introductions, followed by an orientation meeting with HR and meeting my Sponsor. The next few weeks included colleague engagements within the divisional business units, building knowledge on the organization/recent acquisitions and specific projects. It was enlightening to learn about the company’s recent advancements and growth in high frequency circuit materials for automotive advanced driver assistance systems, aerospace/defense, and 5G applications within the Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) group, as well as the strategic focus of the other divisions.

Often times the smallest experiences can provide validation and a feeling of importance. For me, it was when setting up my computer went seamlessly, a personalized welcome lunch was organized for me and I participated in a meet & greet with the CEO, who shared details about new, innovative endeavors on the horizon in advanced mobility and connectivity.

As I continue along this new journey, there is no doubt I made the best decision. Fear is not an obstacle when you have the tools to succeed, I am proud to work for a company that is doing it right!

Meet some of our hard-working employees. For years, they have been part of our Elastomeric Material Solutions group. Lynn Hardell has been with us for 6 years, Eric Beaudry for 15 years, and Nicole Perry for 20 years.

“We make wearable impact absorption material that protects and adds a visible technology advantage.”

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Our Elastomeric Material Solutions group helps designers create the products that protect our world. We are dedicated to constant innovation and the creation of the best materials…materials that are lighter, stronger, flexible, and more reliable. Whether it’s ultra-thin protection for sensitive electronics or flexible impact protection for sports apparel or robust gasketing for automotive applications, our materials are engineered for superior performance.

About our Employees

Throughout our organization, our cultural behaviors describe how our employees work and are judged by our customers, business partners, investors, and each other.

  • Live Safely: I actively prevent injuries for everyone, everywhere, every day.
  • Trust: I respect people and trust them to do the right thing.
  • Speak Openly: I courageously seek and speak the truth.
  • Innovate: I create market-driven solutions that lead to customer success.
  • Just Decide: I make informed decisions rapidly to drive progress.
  • Simply Improve: I continuously simplify how I do things to achieve excellence.
  • Deliver Results: I align and achieve my goals to deliver our “Must-Do” results.

Together, we are changing our culture as we help change the world around us. For over 180 years, the employees of Rogers Corporation have focused on our customers, delivering world-class solutions to meet their most demanding materials challenges.