Tisha Proudfit is the warehouse manager in Portland. She has been with Mallory since 2011 and is known for her cheerful demeanor and good attitude. What’s her secret?
“Patience, gratefulness, appreciation, respect,” explains Tisha. “I am proud to say I work for Mallory Safety and Supply. Mallory has opened many doors for me and taught me so much. I love being a part of the team here. Even on the hard days I always keep in mind that they will pass and the next day will be better. Also I do happen to have a great amount of respect for my fellow man, which makes it easy for me to make myself and other people around me happy.”
Tisha recently started a weight loss program. I asked her what is working for her and how she got started.
“Two months ago I weighed more then I had in my whole life and could not stand it so I tried to lose weight, without much luck,” said Tisha. “Tim told me about sparkpeople.com. I liked the website because I was able to see in print how many calories I was taking in each day, which helped me to make better food choices. I also got in the habit of riding an exercise bike every morning before I came to work which helps not only to burn calories but gets my day off to a good start. It makes me feel like I’m doing something positive each day to improve myself.”
Tisha has been married for 17 years and has two children, Tresa, age 18 and Tyler, age 12. A big issue for anyone starting a weight loss program is how to fit it all in.
“I allow myself small rewards,” she explains. “For example, I watch my calories and exercise all week long so on Friday or Saturday we have pizza for dinner or go out for ice cream, something of that nature. That way you do not feel like you are cheating yourself.”
Like many Mallory employees, Tisha has already made changes toward creating a healthier, safer and more productive work environment.
“Communication, I think, is the key,” Tisha said. “If myself and other warehouse managers could meet once a month to share ideas and talk about what is happening at each warehouse and how things are handled we could give each other positive and negative feedback that might be useful to us, as management tools. I think the reason I have had so much success is because I am always ‘preaching safety’ to my crew. I also hold a morning meeting each day with my crew and never forget to let them know how much I appreciate all the hard work they do for me daily. People like to feel appreciated and valued, when you show them that, they work harder!”