From “Prankster” to Employee of the Year

Last January we had very little hesitancy in naming Jeanne Thompson our “Prankster” when it was time to put a name to that persona at Innovative Office Solutions.

A year later and she is named 2015 Innovative Employee of the Year!

Employee of the Year

There’s certainly nothing wrong with enjoying yourself while at work, in fact it’s a point of pride here at Innovative Office Solutions. It’s in that spirit, combined with Jeanne’s generosity to her fellow workers and our customers that make her an exceptional choice as our Employee of the Year.

Jeanne’s a Customer Care Representative at Innovative and she knows full well that her persona of “prankster” is a valuable asset when working with clients.

“Absolutely! It makes for a better experience—If I were calling into a company, I would love to have someone on the other line that has fun and loves doing their job,” said Thompson. “You can take a not so good experience and make it enjoyable or a great experience a memorable one! There’s nothing better than putting a smile on someone’s face.”

Jeanne’s right, of course, and we all know that. It’s actually taking that attitude and putting it into action every single day that makes her our 2015 Employee of the Year.

We asked Jeanne some rapid-fire questions to try to get to know her a little bit better.

Q: How did you feel when you heard you’d been named the Employee of the Year?

A: Surprised! There were a lot of good people nominated along with me.

Q: Your title is “Customer Care Representative,” but that can mean a lot of different things—what’s a typical day like for you?

A: CrAzY busy (In a good way.) I work with helping my wonderful customers, along with helping my CS team and my WONDERFUL Innovative drivers, who are the ones who make me and my team look like rock stars.

Q: Your office persona was “Prankster”—why do you think that was?

A: Well, I don’t take myself too seriously! I think having a sense of humor makes more enjoyable for the people who have to deal with me every day. If you sat in the middle of our team here in CS, you would totally understand why we all fit that persona.

Q: How long have you been with Innovative Office Solutions?

A: Eight years! My mom was a purchaser for a company that went through Innovative and was told of an opening in CS. My mom told me how much fun her Sales Rep (Rick Buranen) and CS person (Sue Wentzel at the time) were. She thought that I would love it here and guess what? She was right! (Don’t tell her I told you that J).

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at Innovative?

A: It’s hands down the people I work with and the lady I work for, Mrs. Smith and Brooks I guess J.

Q: Where did you grow up, what high school did you attend?

A: I grew up in Bloomington and attended Kennedy Sr. High (Go Eagles!)

Q: How big is your family?

A: I have two boys of my own and I was the middle child between two brothers. I get to work with my mom her at Innovative, she is a part of our purchasing team.

Q: Do you have any favorite sports teams?

A: Vikings, Timberwolves and Twins.

Q: How do you like to spend your free time?

A: I like to spend my free time with my boys and with my family.

Q: What’s your ideal weekend?

A: Doing a whole bunch of nothing J.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: England.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Mexican

Q: Favorite TV shows?

A: Suits and The Blacklist

Q: What’s your favorite kind of music?

A: R&B

Q: What’s the last good book you read?

A: The Color Purple

Q: How would your family and friends describe you?

A: Genuine, honest, funny, loyal (so they say J).

Q: What are you looking forward to in 2016?

A: Peace and quiet!