8. One Energy Feed




I think we can all agree that the job market is wild right now. With employees quitting their jobs month after month in record numbers, there has been no shortage of headlines calling 2021 (and now 2022) the year of the “Great Resignation.” Very few companies, if any, have been spared by this large-scale job shuffle. When I log onto LinkedIn, it seems that everyone is posting job openings, in hopes of finding that extremely qualified candidate to fill a recent void. In speaking with many individuals who have recently left their jobs, personal and professional growth seems to be at the forefront of people’s minds, playing a large part in their desire to seek other opportunities. If businesses hope to retain employees, they must put growing their employees – and making sure those employees see that growth – at the top of their list.

Working at an entrepreneurial company seems like the perfect place to grow as an employee. Job roles and titles are flexible, and they often change quickly. As the company grows and adapts, its employees must grow and adapt as well. Unlike corporate America, where promotions and raises are closely linked to years of experience, entrepreneurial companies have less red tape and are able to focus on talent, rather than corporate politics. While this might seem like a wonderful environment for an employee to grow in and flourish, I have recently realized that for many employees, this type of growth can be difficult to quantify. While it is easy for me to recognize all the opportunity that comes with working at a company like One Energy (more on this later), I have noticed it is not always easy for others to appreciate their growth if they are not climbing a structured corporate ladder. Unstructured growth, the kind without predetermined milestones, sometimes does not feel like growth at all – at least not to an employee without a tangible frame of reference.

When I started at One Energy 10 years ago, I was one of a handful of employees. My original job title, “Staff Engineer,” was the first of its kind for the company. Every job title I have had since then has been the first of its kind for the company. My role grew as the company grew. My job evolved as we hired more employees, took on more projects, and pursued new business lines – all of which I had the opportunity to play a large part in. This is the experience that many of our employees have working at One Energy. They are hired on for a specific role, but then that role adapts as they (and we) identify new needs for the company. They build the ladder they end up climbing, and our employees end up growing exponentially faster than most of their peers as a result. I have realized, however, that it is much harder to see your growth when you are the one creating it. It was not until I started taking an active role in the industry that I truly understood how far I had come professionally in a short amount of time.

So, what’s a manager (at an entrepreneurial company) to do?

If your company has unstructured growth plans, it’s time to get creative in order to ensure your employees recognize their own professional growth. Provide them with opportunities to talk (and brag) about themselves – this will give them reference points that highlight how far they’ve come. Send them to conferences or industry meetings, where they can visualize their growth through interactions with their peers. Encourage them to pursue professional development opportunities, especially those that are outside of your company. Getting an external frame of reference for employees is important for helping them understand how far they have come personally and the amount of untapped professional opportunity that remains for them.  

It is hard to lay out a formal plan for growth when your employees are solving problems that have never been solved. Depending on their solution(s), their career could take many different paths. But making sure that your employees know they are growing, (and how they are growing!) is vital to retaining them in this, and any, job market.

Jessica Grosso is the Head of Project Planning and Technology at One Energy.

Learn more about Jessica and the One Energy team.

January 19, 2022 – Wind Views | Class is in Session!

At One Energy, safety isn’t just a top priority – it’s at the heart of how we operate.

One of the many ways One Energy prioritizes safety is by being a state-licensed training facility for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs). One Energy holds classes a few times a year, and we’ve trained most of our field staff and a large portion of our office staff to be EMTs and AEMTs.

Pictured below are one of our EMS instructors and a group of employees who have recently completed the on-site practical examination portion of EMT licensing. By being trained, licensed, and equipped at these levels, One Energy can provide the best care that is legally permitted.

January 14, 2022 – Wind Study | Answer 1

Let’s power , with this week’s Wind Study answers! ⚡️

On Monday, we asked you to use the concepts of real, reactive, and apparent power to solve two questions. Today, we’re sharing the answers on our feed.

Download this week’s Wind Study answers here, and be sure to share this educational series on Facebook and Twitter!

January 12, 2022 – Wind Views | Lunch is Served!

One Energy provides a daily lunch service (and often snacks) for our team members working at the North Findlay Wind Campus.

Lunch at the NFWC is a convenient option for employees, but more importantly, it provides team members the opportunity to socialize with members across all departments. For a vertically integrated company like One Energy, the chance for employees to chat with peers across all areas – be it development, engineering, procurement, construction, operations, finance, government affairs, R&D, analytics, or administration – is a huge value-add.

Meals are prepared by Executive Chef Mike (featured in the photo below).

January 10, 2022 – Wind Study | Question 1

Do you have the power to solve this week’s questions? There’s only one way to find out! 

This installment of Wind Study focuses on three different types of power: real, reactive, and apparent. Download this week’s questions to understand what each of these terms mean, and learn how to use them in formulas and equations.

The answers will be posted this Friday. In the meantime, be sure to share this educational series on Facebook and Twitter!

At One Energy, we’re ringing in the new year with a sunny outlook – kind of like this photo of a sunrise at the North Findlay Wind Campus!

Mornings like this make each workday brighter, and we’re looking forward to many more in 2022! ☀️ 🎉

December 31, 2021 – Wind Study | Answer 30

Were you able to compute this week’s Wind Study assignment? 🖥️

On Monday, we presented you with the task of translating computer sequences. Since computers process information using zeroes and ones, we needed your help converting that way of thinking into the counting style most people are familiar with.

To see if you calculated correctly, download the homework answers here!

December 29, 2021 – Climb to the Top | Eileen Comerford

Eileen Comerford started at One Energy as Copy Editor with what she describes as her dream job: working closely with language for a cause she cared about.

From fresh out of grad school to now working as our Corporate Communications Specialist, Eileen has found direct applications of her past experiences in her current position at OE – and added many more tools to her toolbox!

Find out how her role (and skillset) transformed over time, and why she considers her Climb to the Top “enlightening.”

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This series can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

December 29, 2021 – Wind Views | A Place for Everything

And everything in its place! At One Energy, organization is key to efficiency and effectiveness.

Take our laydown yard, for example. The photo below shows just some of the items we keep in stock at our headquarters, whose placement in the yard has been carefully planned for maximum productivity. Our procurement and construction teams work hard to store and track inventory – one element of the “well-oiled machine” that is One Energy’s project delivery process – ensuring our industrial power projects are a timely success for our customers!

December 27, 2021 – Wind Study | Question 30

This week’s Wind Study is about computers! 💻 At One Energy, we use computers every day – to collect wind data using the LiDAR unit pictured below, to communicate with our turbines, and even to bring you this Wind Study assignment!

But have you ever wondered how computers process information? They don’t have brains like humans, so they’re programmed to “think” using only numbers (ones and zeroes, to be specific)! 💯

For this week’s homework, we’re asking you to translate computer sequences. Can we count on you to convert these numbers to be more easily understood by humans? 🔢 Download the questions here!

The answers will be posted this Friday. In the meantime, be sure to share this educational series on Facebook and Twitter!


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