TimeClock Plus has yet to find Jan Whited’s limits. So has she.
She might feel that way because she’s already overcome some mighty obstacles on her way to a leadership role at one of San Angelo’s fastest-growing businesses.
Until she was a teen, she was raised in a single-parent immigrant home. Her mother was often working to support her two children; her stepfather was frequently deployed and stationed overseas. Though her parents loved and encouraged her, those circumstances – and her mother’s language and cultural barriers – made them unavailable for help with homework and the like.
“It definitely made me an independent thinker,” Whited said.
Whited was a 28-year-old stay-at-home mom when she caught herself lecturing her children about the importance of working toward an education. The irony dawned on her – she hadn’t completed her bachelor’s degree.
“Now’s a great time to show my children that I value education, as well,” she thought.
She went back to college, balancing a full course load and motherhood. She later earned a master’s degree, too, again trying to impress upon her children that education is “something you have to want and continue to push yourself to go for.” She was also broadening her options as she began eyeing careers.
Park University hired her a week before her graduation to manage its Goodfellow Air Force Base campus center. Helping military members map paths to college degrees, she was consistently in the top three of the university’s 40 campus managers in helping students toward their goals.
“I didn’t think about numbers,” Whited said. “I thought about the individual in front of me – the parent, the soldier who wants that degree.”
She performs a similar function at TimeClock Plus, administering a program that helps employees pursue associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in management information systems.
“We like to make sure that while we’re asking a lot, we’re giving a lot to our employees,” Whited said.
TimeClock Plus is a time and attendance software company that does business worldwide. As its business operations coordinator, Whited also manages projects and coordinates training. Her boss, Scott Turner, calls Whited a “perfect combination of enthusiasm and tenacity” and a “tireless professional” who “develops insights few would recognize.”
She praises her bosses’ leadership with motivating colleagues to dedicate themselves fully to the company’s vision … and to long hours.
“What I love about Scott is he allows me to approach him, make suggestions, toss out ideas or try something out,” Whited said. “I refer to them as mentorship moments. Even if I get a ‘no,’ I get a reason why. And I get some get some of that education, experience and knowledge he has to impart.
“We’re like a family,” she added of the TimeClock workforce. “Despite all the hard work, we are full of fun. Today was ‘dress up like Scott Turner day.’”
Turner was also the one who said the company has yet to find Whited’s limits.
“Being there I don’t see limits,” she said. “I only see possibilities.”