Reading Crew Chief Nancy has been a standout Traffic Plan employee for almost five years now. She does exceptional work and is requested over and over again by the customers she has worked with. It’s no surprise, then, that she describes herself as a people person! Thanks to her hard work and awesome attitude, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Nancy.
How long have you been with Traffic Plan, and what is your role?
I’ve been with Traffic Plan just shy of five years. I became a Crew Chief six weeks after my start date.
What made you want to join Traffic Plan?
I had previously left my job in the medical field and was facing foreclosure on my house. After two months of filling out applications for med-tech positions at numerous facilities, and looking for a place to stay, I happened to pass a sign on North Reading Road that said “Now Hiring, Apply within Thursday 10–2.” Guess what? It happened to be Thursday — and 10:30 at that!
Tom greeted me and told me they needed me in the medical field, seeing as I had been in it for 20-plus years. My response was “Maybe it’s time for a career change.” I’m adventurous and will try anything once. I love the outdoors, and I love to travel. Tom took a chance on me and hired me on the spot. (Even though I had a bad attitude and answered all his questions sarcastically. Sorry, Tom!) By God’s grace, I also found a place to stay that same day. After training, the very first day in the field, I also made settlement on a house.
What has your progression at Traffic Plan looked like?
I started out as a second seater (Technician as it’s called now). My Crew Chief was a great teacher and had seniority over extra hours that became available. He went on vacation, and that’s when Traffic Plan gave me a van and designated me Crew Chief. It was a little scary, but I had been thrown in the frying pan before, and I survived.
What is your favorite part of your current position?
My favorite part is knowing the contractors we work for feel safe. They know we have the traffic pattern set up properly and are keeping them safe, so they don’t have to be looking over their shoulder. They can focus on what they need to do.
What is your favorite thing about Traffic Plan?
My favorite thing about Traffic Plan is they tell you where you’re going and when to be there. There is no stress, and the work is outdoors. The work truly is not hard! There is no need to rush. I also like the opportunities to meet all kinds of people. I’m a people person.
Where do you see yourself at Traffic Plan in the future?
I love where I am right now as Crew Chief. I don’t see myself retiring unless I’m physically unable to do my job. I’m happy where I am with Traffic Plan. I’m not looking for any advancement, and I’m not going to go work for another company. Traffic Plan is where I want to stay.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I’m always looking for ways to have fun with friends. With the pandemic, that has pretty much come to a halt. I do a lot of reading, and I like to sew and do crafts. I’ve been scrapbooking old family photos. I also bake and enjoy riding bikes.
What does home life look like for you?
My husband and I are empty nesters (outside of having a 40-year-old son living with us). Basically, it’s stress-free living, doing what I want to do.
Do you have any advice for anyone who’s new to the Traffic Plan team?
Stay positive. Attitude is important. Smile. Dress according to the weather. Be punctual and dependable! If you prove yourself worthy, Traffic Plan will be good to you. A company is only as strong as its weakest link. Don’t be that link. Happy flagging!