SMOOTH OPERATOR: MEET JACKIE

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as lead mover + maker for the second shift, Jackie’s job title sounds pretty cool, but we figured it was time to find out exactly what she does at our Chicago-based soap factory.

let’s start with the obvious question. what do you do at the South Side Soapbox (SSSB)?

basically, i make everything run smoothly, from receiving the bills, to scheduling orders, to training people on how to load the trailers. if it’s happening in the distribution center, i’m connected to it.

what’s it like working with People Against Dirty?

at most jobs, when you have supervisors or bosses, they don’t really reach out or even say hi, but here it feels like everybody is one big family. i come to work and i’m greeted with a hug + a smile. it makes the day that much nicer.

which part of your job do you enjoy most?

i really enjoy being able to teach or train people. i love seeing when a mover + maker is able to master a new skill, and they come back with such a proud look on their face. it makes me feel good that i can share the knowledge i’ve gained while working here.

what do you think is the most special thing about the SSSB?

i think one thing that’s really special about the factory is the fact that the products we make here don’t have any harsh chemicals in them. when i tell that to my family + friends, they’re usually really surprised.

what’s your favorite product—and why?

i have two. i love the laundry detergent + the fabric softener because they don’t just work well, they smell really good too. my favorite scent is beach sage.

what’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far at the SSSB?

i’ve learned that i can work in a factory environment and thrive. people here appreciate my ideas and my suggestions, and it’s made me realize that i don’t need to keep my opinions to myself. i really like that my voice is heard here.

what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done at work?

well, one time my belt broke at work and i made a makeshift belt out of shrink wrap. that was pretty weird.

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