Since 2011, Laurel has been an employee of Vermont Small Business Development Center, a program of Vermont Technical College. For the past several years she has held a full-time dual capacity role with both the VtSBDC as a Business Advisor/Student Entrepreneur Specialist and Vermont Tech’s Special Projects - Gender Equity/STEM & Experiential Outreach campaigns. Over the past three years Laurel has been instrumental in creating, developing and often leading for the college initiative to help make the pathway for young people to access continued education as well as services for starting their own business clear and attainable.
Business Advisor, SBDC
Respect in the Workplace
To Laurel, a respectful work and learning environment is one in which colleagues value each other’s contributions. She appreciates a workplace where all employees are treated fairly, difference is acknowledged and valued, communication is open and civil, conflict is addressed early and there is a culture of empowerment and cooperation.
Respect and Appreciation
Laurel thrives in a culture where everybody has an opportunity to be recognized and encouraged. She leads by example for what respect looks like in the workplace, which includes acting with integrity and not asking anything of others that one wouldn’t do yourself. Laurel has felt appreciated when her colleagues look for opportunities to connect with and support her and others. If awards are given, respect is acknowledging that it takes a team effort to achieve any recognition, even if given to an individual. It’s also honoring colleagues with attention and curiosity, and being kind whenever possible.
Supervisor Modeling Respectful Behavior
Laurel feels very fortunate to have a supervisor who will bend over backwards to be gracious, respectful, collaborative and inclusive. Having a supervisor who will “go to bat” for their employees creates trust and provides the resources necessary to do their jobs. Her supervisor’s feedback is timely and fair, which creates a constructive environment where input is valued, considered and included in the direction of the organization. This helps Laurel know that her skill set is appreciated and that she’s encouraged to do what works for her to be a productive employee.