When Work Works: One Family’s Professional and Personal Journey with the Clearinghouse
The National Student Clearinghouse was recently honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award. The award – part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management – recognizes organizations that have effective workplace strategies that support business and employee success.
Winners undergo a rigorous selection process and are evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement, including: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.
Ben and Kim Boggs, who have collectively worked at the Clearinghouse for 14 years, have benefited both professionally and personally from the Clearinghouse’s efforts to support employees. Ben has worked his way up from customer service representative to IT system administrator, and Kim from accountant to accounting manager. They’ve also taken advantage of various technical and management trainings over the years.
“I view so many of my coworkers like family.”
IT System Administrator, National Student Clearinghouse
But the one aspect they value most has been the flexibility to start a family. After meeting and getting to know one another while on the company’s bowling league, the pair married and had their daughter, Macie. Their coworkers supported and celebrated them by gifting them a “1st NSC Baby” onesie at the company’s annual employee picnic, organizing a baby shower for Kim, and even visiting her at the hospital after she gave birth.
(l) Kim and Ben Boggs with the “1st NSC Baby” onesie gifted by the company last year. (r) Kim and Ben Boggs with their daughter, Macie.
Macie, who recently celebrated her first birthday, has been a frequent visitor to Clearinghouse headquarters. “We love bringing her in, but we need to plan for it because so many people want to see her,” Ben says of his Clearinghouse colleagues. “We’ve got so many friends and family here, that a lot of people would be upset if we didn’t come [by their desk] to say ‘hi.’ ”
“I would say that we probably bring Macie in more than any other coworker does their kids,” adds Kim.
Though Ben and Kim shy away from being called the “original Clearinghouse family,” they are humbled by the endearment and the outpouring of support they’ve received over the years.
“I view so many of my coworkers like family,” says Ben.
To learn more about the benefits of working at the Clearinghouse, visit our Careers page.