By Jessica Chapman, Legal Administrative Assistant at Billings King Avenue
Stockman Bank was founded on the principle that people from every walk of life can have a bank to help them grow their dreams with businesses, retirement, and families. It’s not just the drive to be successful and to remain competitive with other banks in the area that keeps us motivated.
What inspires us the most is knowing that we are able to meet the needs of Montanans: the farmers and ranchers, the young college graduate who wants to start their own small business, the single parents who work multiple jobs to provide for their families, the newly married couple who are looking to buy their first home, as well as the large business owners, the entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers, etc.
Think about the most recent book you read, the most recent movie you watched and the most recent song you heard come on the radio. Now think about what it would be like if those were your only choices. You could only read that one book, watch that one movie and listen to that one song… every day… for the rest of your life. Sounds kind of awful, right?
Even if all of those things were your absolute favorites, wouldn’t you still want to have the opportunity to see something new, hear something new, and experience something new? Even your favorite songs can get old after they get overplayed. Diversity is what makes every day life new, exciting, and valuable in all aspects.
Diversity in the Workplace
You may be wondering how all of this ties into diversity in the workplace.
Think about what it would be like if you walked into work every day to see a group of people who all looked the same, all talked the same, all believed in the same things, etc. You had to listen to the same ideas, you never got an upgrade for your software programs, your office Christmas party was the same theme every year, and you were expected to do all of the same tasks in all of the same ways, regardless if there was a better option available.
Think about it this way… the hands of a clock can’t tell you the time without the wheels. Each moving part is unique and serves its own purpose, but it’s when they all come together that something incredible takes place. Progress and growth happen when you take a diverse group of people and bring them together to offer up their different thoughts and ideas. A machine runs smoothly because of all of its different parts, working together as one unit.
Pat Wadors, the Head of HR at LinkedIn, once said, “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.”
Each customer who walks through our doors is equally as important as the next, and just as diverse as our customers are our employees. We have both men and women in management, employees of all ages, races, and backgrounds. The diversity within our staff allows us to have an open and welcoming atmosphere, where each customer and employee has the opportunity for growth and success.
So here we are… the hands, the wheels, the pendulum, the anchor, the barrel, the driving weight, the pallet and the face, all working together simultaneously to make Stockman Bank the successful company that it is. With each new idea, every unique talent we possess and every moment spent not only talking, but listening, we learn from each other, we grow together and we share in our successes, not only amongst ourselves, but with the communities that we serve.
We are proud of who we are, what we have accomplished together, and we thank you for being a part of the Stockman Bank family.