Robert Vogel: First to work, last to leave
In her nomination letter for her boss, Elaine Agnason pointed out how Robert Vogel makes it a point to speak to each ProGroup Management employee daily, “stopping by offices and desks just to say ‘hi ” how’s your day going? Any problems? Let me hear about it ” maybe I can help …'”
Vogel, the vice president of operations for the company, which administrates workers compensation programs for employers around the state, has a simple explanation: “I think it’s a good way to get to know everybody,” he said.
“You learn the most valuable thing you have in business is your people,” he said.
“We have 2,500 clients, and I don’t talk to those clients. The people who work here do. It’s important they feel a part of everything we do.”
He shows that appreciation other ways as well, including birthday luncheons.
Being so available for approximately 40 employees takes a lot of time, but that’s of little concern to Vogel ” he’s the first one to work each day, and the last to leave.
“It’s important that when the day starts for everybody else that I’m available for them,” he said. “I learned a long time ago that being in my position doesn’t mean you get to work five-hour days and play golf every day.”
Phyllis Priester, an underwriter for the company, said that dedication is not limited to weekdays, either. He can often be found in the office on Saturdays and Sundays, as well.
“He’s dedicated to his job and his company,” said Priester, who’s come to know him well in the nine years they’ve worked together. “We all love him.”
Concluded Agnason in her nomination letter: “Robert truly cares about each and every one of his employees and is always there to give the pat on the back, smile of encouragement or kick in the rear when needed. I believe him to be one of the very best leaders I have ever had the opportunity to work for. He is the reason we all actually enjoy coming into work each day!”