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COVID-19 Coverage: Mental Health Concerns

Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, says they’re very concerned with mental health factors related to the pandemic. Goddard says there are enhanced resources …

“Most of the messy challenges we face that are related to our well-being are adaptive,” says author and consultant Rosie Ward, Ph. D. Ward says incentivized programs are an attempt at a technical …

Toni Robinson, president of Springfield NAACP, says leaders must listen to young professionals if Springfield wants to change its culture and retain them in the workforce. Robinson is one of …

Andy Drennen, founder of Blend For That says they’ve been very selective about building partnerships. He says it’s important to find partners who share your vision and sense of community. Drennen …

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says mentors have been instrumental in his life. He says O’Reilly’s mentoring program helps employees develop …

Nicole Chilton, former director of marketing and development at the Springfield Regional Arts Council, has been writing a book about dreams and symbolism. Chilton is a 2020 Springfield Business Journal 40 …

K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says a healthy work life balance is difficult, but critical. He says you have to decide what you aren’t willing to give …

Cynthia Black, attorney with Cynthia R. Black, Attorney at Law, LLC, says everyone has their own specific talent. She talks about how one client’s bravery helped bring down a sex trafficking ring. …

Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says technology has made an amazing difference in their industry. He says using augmented reality in the design phase has huge cost benefits to project …

Life coach Ann Leach says using a tool from the organization development movement can help with employee engagement and learning. She says we think in pictures, so a graphic representation helps …

Jason, John and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say they have always sought ways to continue growth, first as a band, now as a business. Updating music lessons to include online access …

Steve Kelly, senior vice president with Arvest Bank, started a real estate brokerage during the 2007 recession. His business closed and Kelly returned to banking. He says the experience helps him …

Jamie Tillman, owner of Canna Bliss says it’s more difficult to advertise CBD products than others because some social media ban ads with images of the plants. She says she’s relied on media …

Chelsey Bode, President of Pearson Kelly Technology says low rural bandwidth has hampered remote work for some employees during the pandemic. She says a lighter workload on office equipment allowed …

Though remote work has been a recent trend, Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, says his team emphasizes the value in working together in an office. He says they …

Todd Nielsen, chief strategy officer with JMark says remote work can be challenging with distractions you wouldn’t have in an office setting. Nielsen says music helps him focus on the task at …

Independent consultants Mary Overbey, Damion Trout and Lucas Walker say you must think beyond the scope of the goods or services you offer and find the extracted value for your customers. Ask them …

Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, says it’s crucial to be responsive in the talent recruitment process. She says compensation is still supreme, but other benefits …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, says her mentor advised that if you focus on your passion, the rest will fall into place. She says focusing outward to help others will change your life. …

When Molly McCleary’s grandfather needed a caregiver, she decided to grow flowers because it provides a good ROI for a small acreage. McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, has hired a …

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