BlueGrace Logistics is on Top Again!
BlueGrace is named a Top Workplace in Tampa Bay again and we are EXCITED! In the last 18 months, BlueGrace Logistics has grown from 180 employees to more than 500 employees nationwide. One might wonder, “how do you manage everyone’s happiness when you experience ‘hyper-growth?” Well, it all starts at the beginning of the hiring process.
BlueGrace has always focused on hiring the person and not the resume.
When you focus on the people you are hiring and not just a piece of paper, you get to know their qualities. BlueGrace’s most valued trait in every employee is empathy.
“We want to make sure we have caring, happy people who come to work every day,” said Bobby Harris, President and CEO, in a recent interview with Tampa Bay Times, adding: “We don’t care how much you know until we know how much you care.”
We strongly believe that the empathy trait carries into everything a company needs to be successful.
“Somebody is relying on us in a critical way to make their lives easier or avoid disaster,” Bobby said. “We’re hiring people who we know care, who will stay late to make sure they’re serving their clients.”
Caring for Others | It’s What We Do
Core Value number 1 at BlueGrace is Be Caring of All Others. We believe our people make the difference and we strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family.
“We understand that when you’re excited about the company you work for and feel like you’re part of a purpose, you’ll inevitably be more fun to work with, loyal and highly effective in your role,” says Whitney McKay, Marketing & Brand Manager at BlueGrace. “Since day one of my six years at BlueGrace there’s been something organic and genuine about our culture. It doesn’t matter how much we grow, you just can’t get the same experience anywhere else.”
We strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family
“Giving back to the community gives us a purpose, it’s a huge part of who we are as an organization. Being caring is engrained in our company culture,” said Courtney Smith, Culture & Engagement Manager at BlueGrace Logistics. “Transitioning into my current role has been seamlessly successful; it’s easy to keep the culture alive when you have a core foundation like Bobby has created.”
Fundraising and participating in the community, are engrained in our company culture
Every year, BlueGrace employees participate in a contest (namely “Cats vs. Dogs”) raising pet food and supplies for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and other no-kill shelters in BlueGrace communities throughout the U.S. This event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds of food over the last 6 years.
Our employees also fundraise and run for cancer research in the ‘Miles for Moffitt’ event every May for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and donate food, toys & schools supplies to Metropolitan Ministries, a local community non-profit.
The Results for Top Workplaces
How does a company get selected as a Top Workplace in the Tampa Bay area? To pick the Top Workplaces, WorkplaceDynamics went straight to the experts – the employees.
“In total, we invited 680 companies to participate, and we surveyed 175 of them.” said a rep from WorkplaceDynamics.
How does a company get selected as a Top Workplace in the Tampa Bay area?
They surveyed firms that employ 89,324 people in the Tampa Bay area. Of those employees surveyed, 37,058 responded either on paper or online.
When the employees of BlueGrace were asked about their work place, their responses concluded that they “felt well informed about the current state and direction for the future of BlueGrace.”
Transparency is Key
“Transparency is Key,” said Harris, and added “People will pay you back tenfold if you’re going to show them where the company is going.”
About BlueGrace Logistics:
Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.