Route 66 Promotions Employee Satisfaction
Why did you join?
Lee: Why did you join the Route 66 team?
David: I’ve been here for about 2 ½ years. I moved here from Buffalo, New York. I didn’t have a job or know anything about the area when I got here. Thomas was a friend and told me this job opportunity was available. So I started in shipping. I never thought I would be in a screen printing business. But it was a job, a stable paycheck, something to help me get by. I accepted the job for those reasons, but once I got into it I saw growth and opportunity. We were helping the Deaf Community. I grew up with Deaf parents, so that was something I was raised with. I wanted to give back and make a difference in the world. As I saw more growth, I noticed we weren’t just making a change, we were making an impact. We give back, we provide jobs, we provide opportunity to those who love to see growth in themselves. I have the opportunity to be here now because of that growth and expansion.
Matthew: When I first heard about this position at Route 66, I heard it was Deaf owned and Deaf run. The opportunity allowed me to use my skills. At my previous job, I worked with all hearing people. All our communication was through email. But I really just wanted to get something more out of my job. I heard about the job position here and sent in my information. They hired me! And I’m really happy to be here.
Brandon: I really wanted to expand my experiences. I’m a professional designer. But I thought learning about screen printing would be a great experience to help me improve for the future.
Randy: Before I joined Route 66, I worked for a hearing company for about 3 ½ years in New York. I specialized in screen printing. I found this position, and thought about it awhile. I knew I wanted to help build up the business using my experiences and specializations. I wanted to develop the active marketing aspect of the company. So that’s why I’m here giving what I can.
What do you like?
Lee: What do you like about working with Route 66?
David: I love this job because it’s different every day. It’s the type of job that allows me to use my language every day. I have access to communication and get to meet different people every day. It’s not the same day in and day out. I meet people who say all they do is monotonous office work. But for us, yes, we do office work; some things are the same day in and day out. But we’re always working on different projects!
Lee: Get out of the office and be with people.
David: Right! We get to travel, meet new Deaf people, hearing clients.
Randy: Everyone has their own role based on their skills. Each designer has their own specialization. Vinyl, finances, and so on. My goal is to give the right task on a project to the right person who has that skill. Then we are utilizing each person’s abilities to best we can to complete a product for each customer.
Matthew: Well the main answer to the question is access to communication. If there is anything I need to know, I can ask someone. I can get a clear explanation of things. Or if we need, we have immediate access to interpreters to talk to customers. And it’s always a positive experience going to work every day.
Brandon: One of the top things is of course the access to quick communication. If something happens, we can all communicate with each other about what’s going on.
David: Adventure is always there so that’s nice.