Team Development at SC Johnson


At SC Johnson, team development is definitely a family affair. Our recent Bike-a-Thon Workshop strengthened their leadership and relationship skills.

The SC Johnson family brand

Of course, SC Johnson has been learning to work as a team for more than 130 years. It all started in 1886 when Samuel Curtis Johnson bought a parquet flooring business in Racine Wisconsin. This was the beginning of a family dynasty which now employees 13,000 people around the globe and generates $10 billion in sales.

The company is an industry leader in the manufacture of cleaning supplies. Of course, SCJ also makes pet care, air care, home storage, and other products for the home. Bon Ami. Bravo. Pledge. Glade. Off! Drano. Pride. Raid. Shout. Windex. Ziploc. SC Johnson is a household name from A to Z!

The SC Johnson mission

The company is committed to doing what’s right for the health and welfare of families. They support STEM education initiatives and economic development for the poor. Their employees work tirelessly to be good corporate neighbors through volunteerism and philanthropy.

And all of those good works are paying off. SC Johnson recently received the Global Conservation Hero award which honors companies for their commitment to environmental sustainability. And for the 6th year in a row, the company was voted one of the 25 World’s Best Workplaces by a global annual study group.

Their tagline is A Family Company at Work for a Better World, and they obviously take it very seriously.

Team development with a vision

We met 40 employees at the corporate office in Racine. The end game was to assemble 6 bikes for charity. But the process involved dividing into teams based on personality types. This group was an HR cross-section from administrative workers to executives.

But that’s what’s so great about personality type training: it levels the playing field. Personalities trump pecking orders every time. And the result is that co-workers get to know each other in a neutral setting and understand what makes everybody tick. It can be an eye-opening experience that holds the key to more enlightened team development.

Team development and community goodwill

We donated the 6 bikes to Big Sisters of Greater Racine Inc. Since 1968 these dedicated mentors have encouraged and supported girls navigating through life’s challenges. The girls, ages 5 to 14, are from single-parent homes and welcome the kindness and friendship from their Big Sisters.  

The Big Sisters representative left no doubt about what a big deal these bikes were. We all ended the day feeling fantastic about our team development training and about helping those kids.