ARCHBOLD — Sometimes life gets overwhelming, and getting out of bed and going to work can seem unbearable. Having someone to talk to for advice, suggestions, and moral support can make a big difference.
With those thoughts in mind, Spangler Candy Company created a new position — employee support coordinator — to provide assistance to its more than 500 employees. Defiance resident Abbie Singer was hired to fill the position, and she is delighted to take on this important role for Spangler.
“It’s amazing that Spangler cares enough about employees to put this position in place,” Singer said. “Clearly they are invested in the well-being of their people.”
“We live in an increasingly complex world,” said Niki Mosier, Spangler Candy’s vice president for human capital. “Navigating family relationships, household finances, childcare, transportation, and health concerns can quickly become distractions for people in the workplace. Our employees really do want to work, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Abbie has already got a great start in developing resources and communicating information to make a difference for our workforce.”
In addition to personal challenges, employees can get assistance with on-the-job challenges. For example, Singer has been able to provide support and follow-up for employees transferring from first shift to second or third shift.
“We can talk about emotional issues such as anxiety or grief, or we can talk about practical issues such as car repairs or childcare,” Singer continued. “There really are no limits. If it’s creating distress, and especially if it’s making it difficult to work, we want to help our employees discover a solution.”
Singer also has coordinated educational activities and events with agencies from throughout the area. Employees can look forward to monthly agency spotlights, quarterly resource fairs, and lots of information through Spangler’s internal communication systems.
Singer spent 10 years as director of social services for an area long-term care facility prior to coming to Spangler, and two years as a mental health technician for First Call for Help. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and is a licensed social worker.
“I really care about helping our people,” said Singer. “My door is open. When I am not in my office, I want employees to call my extension or leave a note to schedule a time to talk. I will arrange to be there anytime, including late at night or early in the morning.”
“There’s nothing that I will turn away,” Singer added. “I’ll do anything I can to help people.”