President’s Blog: Fun at Work

“Wow… most businesses don’t do that kind of stuff anymore.” is a response I received recently when describing how we have fun at GK. To many, going to work is a lot like the movie, Groundhog Day. Everything is the same. Predictable. Boring. Not fun.

I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t interest me. Why go to the same place every day if you don’t enjoy the job or the people you work with?

At GK, we continually try to engage in activities and events that bring our teams together in order to have fun, get to know each other, and strengthen our work family. Whether it is something small like our monthly all company birthday / anniversary / new hire snack time or something larger like our annual GK car show, we are always looking for new ways to have fun as a team.

But fun at work shouldn’t just be limited to special events… you should enjoy the actual work. When new hires ask what it is like to work at GK, I often compare it to the television show “How it’s made”. Every day we are coming up with new machines for unique processes. One day we could be agglomerating fiberglass while the next day cooling castings or grinding chocolate. The diversity drives creativity and excitement in approaching and creating solutions to new challenges.

I tell our team if you don’t like working at GK, branch out and discover something you do enjoy. A high performing team relies on the strengths, accountability, and drive of all the team members. If you feel you are no longer happy to be part of that team and culture, you are no longer motivated to perform your best work. Life is short. Enjoy what you do.

To see current career opportunities at GK, visit our HR page here.





Related President's Blog

President’s Blog: What Matters Down the Line

Over the last few weeks, I have been involved in quite a few meetings with our sales and engineering teams responding to customer requests to help repair machines they bought from competing vibratory suppliers. Many of these machines have only been installed one to three years, and are experiencing catastrophic failures that are creating excessive […]

Read More
Barrier Light Bulb

President’s Blog: Using Technology to End the Cycle of Downtime

  It started with an odd request directed to our engineering team: “With all the power I am holding in this mobile device, how can we at GK use this technology to ensure our customers have the best experience with our equipment?” After some hard work and innovation, we are excited to announce that the […]

Read More
Happy Renew year

President’s Blog: Happy Renew Year!

The trash cans on the side of my house are filled to capacity right now which means one thing… the holidays are over. What is left is a multitude of large drawstring garbage bags filled with holiday joy sitting out in the cold, waiting to be taken to the curb. But what will happen to […]

Read More
Tom Musschoot joined General Kinematics full time in 1999 holding the titles of Director of Marketing and VP of North American Sales & Marketing to name a few before assuming the office of the President. Tom received a BA in Music from Bradley University before completing his MBA at Webster University. Tom has 5 patents in his name, spearheading the rotary product line for GK. When Tom is not in the office he can be found watching hockey, working on cars, or driving his kids to their sporting events and cheering them on.
Subscribe to our blog