Optus Employee Spotlight: Clayton Richardson

Optus Employee Spotlight: Clayton Richardson

Clayton Richardson

What is your Optus story?

When I started at Optus, I was a temporary employee working thru Staffmark. My first day was September 11, 2017. On December 4, 2017, I was nominated as the employee of the month. I didn’t understand how I was able to get this award when I wasn’t employed by Optus yet. Soon after, I was called into HR, and I was offered the full-time position. I also have taken on other roles within the company.

What is your official job title?

Distribution/Maintenance Clerk

What should your job title be?

The Multi-purpose Clerk

Describe your day to day job.

Most of the time when I come in I don’t know what I will be doing that day. Mainly I am in the receiving area, but if someone is out, I cover for them. I was cross-trained to do work in three other departments. I also work in the maintenance department on some days.

What is one thing Optus does better than any other employer you have had in the past?

Honestly, I could give you probably 1,000. One thing for me would be that Optus cares about its employees like no other. In previous places I have worked, I didn’t want to go to work because people at work would stress me out. Now, I absolutely love coming to work every day!

Tell us about one learning or growth opportunity you have had while working at Optus.

I was chosen to test the upcoming operating system that we are switching to shortly. It has allowed me to learn more about it and to work out errors. This will also let me help others when the program goes live!

What do you like most about working at Optus?

I love how Optus is fast-paced yet laid back. Everyone gets along really well which makes this the best place I have ever had the pleasure to work at.

We like to say, Optus is like a family. Who at Optus is like family to you and why?

I would have to say my friends in the shipping and receiving area. I interact with them more than I do others, here but I really consider the whole workplace as my family. Sometimes we go to lunch together, and there is never a dull moment here!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the small town of Camden, Arkansas

What do you do for fun?

If I am not out somewhere fishing or traveling, I am at home playing on my Xbox One. I also play Semi-Pro Football on most Saturdays. I also love playing pool and going to the bowling alley.

What was your first job?

My very first job was at Sonic. I started as a simple cook and ended learning everything there within a week.

What is your dream job?

Believe it or not, I want to be a firefighter.

What quote/motto do you live by?

"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." -- Nora Roberts