We want you to know more about our wonderful people (the lifeblood of our business), so we’re continuing an Employee Spotlight series to share a more personal side of LongerDays!
We asked a series of questions and decided to share the best answers for all the world to see.
Today’s Employee Spotlight is Jennifer McNabney!
1. What is your name?
My name is Jennifer McNabney of the clan MacNab.
2. What is your job title?
My job title is… Virtual Assistant? Receptionist from the Future? Human Cyborg Relations?
3. How long have you worked for LongerDays?
I’ve been at LongerDays for a little over 2 months.
4. Hometown? Where do you live now?
I was born in Tampa Bay on an Air Force base, but my dad was done with that jazz almost immediately. We moved to Michigan when I was 3 months old, and I grew up in the Montague/Whitehall area. I live in Muskegon now, but still… Go Vikings!
5. Inhabitants at your residence (this includes pets, oh and any family members or roommates!)?
I live alone in my little cottage with my dog Bailey, my cat Danger (I’ve been calling her Dani), and my fish tank that I picked up with the help of Chuck, aka DJ Gravedigger.
6. What’s your favorite part about your job?
I love how amazingly supportive everyone is here. Everyone is so wonderfully chill, and this is the first time I’ve worked in an environment where I’m not treated like “the nerdy one.” I’m just one of the nerdy ones! 🙂
7. Before working at LongerDays, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked with sled dogs in Colorado. I took care of them during the summer months, and there were about 120 dogs that I had to feed and water all throughout this pine forest in the middle of nowhere. One day, I was taking a dog back to her circle after exercising her in the pen, and I ended up in the middle of a dogfight… My hands were shredded. I got blood poisoning and had to get intravenous antibiotics for 48 hours. Super fun!
8. What do you think sets LongerDays apart from the competition?
I would have to say it is our staff. Our Team Leads truly care about their clients and what they can best do to help make their lives easier.
9. How would you describe what you do for a living to your friends and family?
Describing this job to my family was especially difficult at the beginning, because I wasn’t even entirely sure! I mostly just watched whatever Lizze was doing and hoped that I was copying her correctly! Even now that I basically know what I’m doing, my extended family doesn’t quite grasp it – so I pretty much just tell them I answer phones and let them think my job is boring. 😉
10. What is one important skill every person at LongerDays should have? Why?
I think that everyone at LongerDays should (and it seems like everyone pretty much does) understand ACTING! A little bit of improv here and there goes a long way when dealing with customers or clients, and being able to switch from joking around with a coworker to a velvety smooth customer service voice in an instant really lets you make the most of both your awesome team and your awesome job!
11. What do you do when you’re not at work? Are you active in any clubs and/or organizations? Please tell us about that involvement.
When I am not at work I am a HOMEBODY. I don’t leave the house very often. Since I moved back from Colorado, it has been a slow process making friends as an adult, but I am very grateful for this job. For one thing, it has allowed me to connect with old friends, but it has also allowed me to make new ones – which is really exciting for a gal in her 30s! …Early 30s, just to be clear.
12. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I spent about 8 months in Reno when I was 21 eating nothing but potatoes. I was super poor and potatoes are cheap and delicious, but apparently not very nutritious because I ended up losing a ton of weight. Maybe I should eat more potatoes… I also did an Eve Ensler play while I was there, but not the Vagina Monologues. Necessary Targets is super dark, and it kind of skewed my outlook on everything and everyone while I was there.
13. In the zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
I would probably stick with swords. I have never really liked guns, and every gun store is going to be overrun immediately by people in a panic. If I’m going to be killed in the zombie apocalypse, I sure as heck don’t want it to be by someone shooting me over a box of ammo. Plus, I already have a bunch of swords.
14. What is an ability you wish you had?
If I could have any ability, it would be telekinesis – but I would want it to be really powerful and exact. Like, I would want to be able to lift an x-wing out of a swamp, sure, but I would also want to be able to vibrate the molecules in my body and the molecules of a wall in such a way that I could walk through it without any of them colliding! Totally badass! But if not that… Fire.
15. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It would probably be somewhere in the Mediterranean. We are being ridiculous here, since I could never afford that, but since we are being wild, let’s dive in! There is world peace, so no crazy political or social malarkey, and no bad weather… Just a nice breeze and perfect, crystal clear water, good food, and pretty people bringing me wine.