A healthier you: Five simple tips to help improve your mental health

World Mental Health Day - Five tips to improve your mental health

World Mental Health Day is observed every October, but that doesn't mean you can't - and shouldn't - try to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing 365 days a year. 

We all have a lot to deal with right now. It’s important to take care of yourself so you can feel stronger, healthier and more relaxed. There are things none of us can control, but taking small, simple actions can make a big difference in how you feel. 

In observance of World Mental Health Day, which is recognized every year on October 10, we’ve compiled five suggestions to help get you started. At Cummins, “Caring” is one of our core values, so whether you’re a Cummins employee, customer or someone simply looking for tips on how to improve your mental health, your physical and mental wellbeing matters

Physical

Exercise (think "baby steps!"…even a short walk helps), drink lots of water, see your doctor, eat foods that make you healthier, take time to stretch throughout the day.

Social

Try something new and creative, call a friend/family member, send a card/note, organize lunch/dinner over video chat with friends or family.

Mental

Learn something new, schedule  breaks to relax, challenge your negative thoughts, break goals down into small steps, take deep breaths.

World Mental Health Day - Tips for a healthier you

Mindful

Try yoga, meditation, make a list of three things you are grateful for, engage in random acts of kindness, spend time in nature or outdoors when possible.

Emotional

Focus on the present moment, not what might happen; increase positive self-talk – be a cheerleader for yourself or a friend, find activities that relieve stress and tension, journal, try therapy or support group.

For more information on World Mental Health Day, including additional resources for the public, visit the World Health Organization (WHO) online
 

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Gail Guynn says 'yes' to New Power

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 Hello, my name is Gail Guynn. I’m a New Product Reliability Engineering Manager working with on-highway applications for New Power, which is funny as I was one foot out the door on my way to retirement in 2019!

What compelled you to work for New Power when you were so close to retirement?

I’ve been an engineer for over 30 years and worked at Cummins for over nine. I was ready to retire in the summer of 2019 and go explore the U.K. with my husband. We had it all planned out, but then I met Kendra Eads, New Power’s Americas and Europe Engineer Lead. She knocked on that figurative door I was about to walk out of and told me about the newly acquired battery team located in Milton Keynes, U.K. – right where we planned to live – and how they could use my expertise.

Every company change I’ve made was for a life change, and each change contributed to my personal growth. The opportunity to bring my expertise to New Power was life giving me another great opportunity for growth. Who was I to ignore this new and exciting opportunity?

So, I put off retirement and joined New Power. My husband and I lived in Milton Keynes (MK) for four months (pre-Covid), and I met the whole MK team. The assignment allowed me to build working relationships – much stronger than virtual – with the battery team.  I learned about batteries, and they learned about Cummins tools and 7-Step problem-solving. It was a fabulous experience, and I had loads of fun! I even learned to drive on the left side of the road!

We returned to Columbus in January 2020 where I continued with New Power Reliability and assisted with launching Cummins' first battery system.


How did you know engineering was for you? 

Gail Guynn celebrating her graduation from Virginia Tech in 1984 with her B.S. in Civil Engineering
Gail Guynn celebrating her graduation from Virginia Tech in 1984 with her BS in Civil Engineering

It was when I realized architecture wasn’t for me. I started college in architecture because I thought I could be part of building things.

One of the early assignments I had to do for one of the courses was building a one-foot cube out of either sticks or planes made from cardstock or a similar material.  And I turned in just that – a perfect cube made from planes that measured one foot by one foot by one foot. Apparently, this was not what the professor was looking for. In fact, every cube in class that actually looked like a cube crumbled under his judgmental foot. Funnily enough, those cubes were built by structural engineers.

I quickly learned afterward that architects were more on the side of making things aesthetically pleasing, but not necessarily structurally sound. And since my cube looked more like the structural engineers’ cubes, I decided to pursue engineering instead.

I suppose you could say I placed myself in a box. I am much more function than form.


What advice do you have for young women interested in STEM?

To every woman wanting to be an engineer or work in STEM – GO FOR IT!

I have seen a space shuttle launch and land – in person, not just on TV. I’ve witnessed computers go from hand calculations to room-sized machines to fits-in-your-purse-sized devices. The world has evolved immensely, and businesses have evolved from individual offices to cubicles to open seating to work-from-home. With all this evolution, demographics in each career field have become more diverse.

When I went to college, the female engineering population was minute; today the percentage is approximately 18-20%. We still have a long way to go to get that number higher, but it’s a clear indication that engineering is no longer just a “man’s world.” STEM is certainly no longer just a “man’s world.”

There are plenty of opportunities for you to join in the fun. You just have to say “yes” and go for it.


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Meet Jeet – IT and HR professional, painter, storyteller, and trumpet blower

Arindrajit Roy
Arindrajit Roy

 “The world is your oyster.” That’s how Jeet Roy describes his time at Cummins so far. “The company truly supports you on your career journey – opening you up to all these opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.” Jeet points to his recent career move from IT to HR as a great example of what he means.

“I found myself in IT doing a lot of reporting and data analysis. So, when I saw an internal HR posting, I thought it would be really interesting to take my skill sets of data analysis and apply them to people analytics. And the culture here at Cummins is very supportive of those types of moves. The company wants you to explore your interests, look at things differently, and chart your own course.”

As an HR Analytics Specialist, it’s Jeet’s job to mine and interpret data creation and utilization principles pertaining to Human Resources Management. But he has a much more interesting and colorful way to describe it. Which makes sense, because when he’s not at work, Jeet keeps his creative juices flowing by dabbling in painting – acrylics on canvas.

The way I see my job is I basically tell stories with data that our leaders and business stakeholders then use to create actionable strategies, policies, business plans, etc.

Speaking of stories, Jeet tells a great one about how he was introduced to Cummins. It all started when he was working on his Masters at the University of Texas and the Cummins recruiting team was there hosting a conference about integrating LGBTQ+ students into the workforce. Jeet wasn’t there for the conference; he was there as part of his on-campus job, helping to set up for the event. The Cummins team was so impressed by him and the job he did that they asked him to interview for an internship.  

It was really amazing, I got the internship, even though I wasn’t planning on interviewing at all that day and didn’t even have a resume ready.

Arindrajit Roy
Jeet in Cummins' Corporate Office Building

Fast forward several years later and Jeet is still involved in LGBTQ+ issues and initiatives. He is now leading the Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Cummins’ Indiana Headquarters. Jeet is quick to credit Cummins’ progressive mindset and his association with the Pride Group as a big influence in his life, growth, and personal journey. 

“I joined Cummins as an intern in 2016, and back then I wouldn’t have been this open talking about my life. But the more I was exposed to Cummins, its culture and leadership, and the Pride Group, the more I knew Cummins doesn’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk – they are one hundred percent committed to creating a safe space for everybody to come forward and bring their true selves to work.”

To date, the Pride Group is over 500 members strong, was recently introduced in India (Jeet’s birthplace), and there are plans to expand to Brazil, the rest of Latin America and Europe in the near future. 

Jeet is particularly proud of his team’s recent efforts designing the Pride Group’s “Ally Program”. According to Jeet, “we tried thinking of how we could have allies come forward and say, ‘Hey, I'm LGBTQ+. I'm an LGBTQ+ ally. I'm a Pride ally, etc.’. So, we created little Ally stickers and Ally pins that people could wear to work, but then COVID happened.”

So undeterred, he and his team adjusted and got even more creative. 

“We started designing Zoom and Teams backgrounds that people could showcase during their meetings. Just another way of creating that safe space of saying, ‘Hey, I'm here for our LGBTQ+ employees. And the response has been fantastic. Vendors are noticing and asking questions and saying what a great idea it is, and how impressed they are with Cummins for doing it.”

It seems that being impressed with Cummins and Cummins employees is a common occurrence. So much so, that Jeet wishes the company would blow its own trumpet a little more. 

“I run into people who say, ‘oh I didn’t know Cummins does this or is involved with that’. We have such a great company. There’s this great burst of ideas here from people with all different backgrounds. And it’s great to hear how our CEO talks about things like inclusion and diversity and caring. In fact, “caring” was recently added to Cummins’ list of values. I don’t know a lot of companies that would say or do that. We need to share all that.” 

Thanks to employees like you Jeet, we are. 

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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Danielle pays it forward to the next generation of Black engineers

Danielle Lewis discovered her curiosity for math and science at a very young age. So, it was no surprise that when it came time to choose a career path, she decided to enroll in a dual-degree engineering program with Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL. Shortly after, she joined Cummins in 2016 and entered the Engineering Development Program. Through her experience in multiple technical and non-technical rotations, Danielle was able to see the company in a holistic manner from product preceding technology to aftermarket.

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Danielle Lewis receiving her Engineering Development Program certificate from Jennifer Rumsey, who is now Cummins President & COO

Today, Danielle works as a Systems Engineer in New Power and is tasked with creating, testing and delivering demo electric vehicles and software. Using her mechanical engineering background and leveraging controls knowledge, she works on properly integrating new devices into company total systems. Her day-to-day work consists of developing and altering individual software components, unit testing each new device and software and then commissioning all the new interfaces together at a vehicle system level.

 

One thing I really enjoy about my job is not only the technical problem solving, but the people I work with. Everyone has their unique specialty and brings something different to the team to learn, making us extremely well-rounded. I can always learn something new and share things myself.

 
The most recent project she worked on with her team is taking a single mini excavator demo to 10 field test units. From the start, Danielle helped take the mini excavator from concept to design to reality. Because this from-scratch design is unique compared to the larger on-highway trucks she is used to working with, seeing the project come together and operate was particularly exciting.Danielle with the mini-excavator
 
Unlike previous electric vehicles and software, the entire architecture of the program was brand new – new suppliers, all new integration and all new tools. The mini excavator is a Cummins application and uses Cummins batteries. This challenging but exciting project has given Danielle the opportunity to learn more and become a working expert on the system.
 

Powering future engineers

Danielle's passion for paying it forward to the next generation of Black engineers sparked when a college mentor stepped in and asked her why she wasn't applying for scholarships. That conversation inspired her to get proactive. She graduated with in-field engineering experience (including a Cummins internship!) and zero student loan debt. Grateful to her mentors for pointing her in the right direction and introducing her to resources like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Danielle now works towards empowering future generations who have an interest in STEM and guiding them the way her mentors have guided her.
 
Danielle is the coordinator for the Cummins NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program (IPP). The IPP is a five-year commitment from Cummins to support young engineers in their junior and senior years by providing a $15,000 scholarship, one summer internship and a dedicated mentor.

 It's all full-circle. I was recruited to Cummins through a NSBE convention, and now five years later, I am a part of providing future Black engineers these amazing opportunities as they're going through their own college careers.

Danielle working from home
Danielle working from home with her canine assistant, Apollo

With a strong drive to increase minority STEM involvement, not even a pandemic could slow Danielle down. She's organizing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities STEM Education Run (HBCU STEMER). Because of pandemic restrictions, she has pivoted the 5K walk/run to be completely virtual. She and the other participants will take part in the event while staying safe, and funds will go towards educating, empowering and elevating STEM students at HBCUs.  
 
Another program Danielle dedicates her time to is Technovation, a STEM-based initiative for elementary students. Using everyday items such as bottle caps, rubber bands and water bottles to teach STEM, she helps young minds cultivate an early fascination with STEM as they are taught to understand concepts like inertia, momentum, drag and lift, and hydraulics.

Danielle’s ingenuity for new technology and motivation to uplift other young engineers shines in her work. As she continues to help move us one step closer to a zero-emissions future, we are excited to see what her future holds. 

 

Interested in learning more about a career at Cummins? Check out our careers site.

Want to hear more from our team about #LifeAtCummins? Find more stories here. 
 

 

 

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

Kim walks a path defined by quality, excellence and service

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Growing up, Kim would accompany her father to construction sites and be fascinated by how things were built from scratch. She was so captivated by it in fact that when her dad gifted her a robotic dog as a young child, she took it completely apart and rebuilt it. That may not have been the toy dog's intended purpose, but it sparked a passion in Kim for reverse engineering.

A Tennessee native, Kim went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering from Tennessee State University. After working for 20 years at various automotive manufacturers, in 2006, Kim joined the Cummins family.

My love has always been automotive, and I love being involved in anything with a Cummins engine.


Building a career

Prior to her current role at Cummins, Kim worked as a quality engineer, quality site leader, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and as a distribution quality functional excellence leader, aligning 14 distribution centers across Cummins’ North American distributor footprint for unified quality assurance. Now celebrating 15 years at the company, she has built a career with Cummins and is the Supplier Quality Leader for the New Power business segment. She is responsible for determining the supplier requirements for each program, measuring supplier quality performance, as well as driving appropriate improvements to meet the targets for our lithium-ion batteries. 

"I enjoy facilitating team interactions and love to keep the lines of communication open so that the team is able to express themselves freely. I promote and thrive on collaboration rather than competition as well as celebrating successes."

Kim’s team consists of six talented supplier quality improvement engineers globally and they worked together to quickly adapt when the pandemic hit. With problem-solving and quality as their driving force, they leaned into the world of Zoom video conferencing and virtual meetings with other cross-functional stakeholders. They established a clear understanding of deliverables and worked with suppliers impacted by the pandemic to develop contingency plans. 

Kim with fellow Cummins employees
Kim (center) with Cummins CAO Sharon Barner (left) and Cummins Board of Director Member Alexis M. Herman (right)


Excellence exemplified

Raised by her father, Kim was taught that good is not always good enough. Inspired by her father's expectation for excellence, she has learned to live by welcoming any challenge and exceeding expectations. With the bar set high, she didn't want to fail, and she demonstrates that through her work ethic.
 

I believe my work here at Cummins is important. It is essential for me to do good work and help empower others to do the same. It is especially important for all women to see more women of color who can share their experiences and believe they can excel just as much as their male counterparts in the field of engineering.
 

One of her key work accomplishments at Cummins was a Six Sigma project she led. Using Six Sigma, a data-driven method used to improve the performance and processes of Cummins, Kim strategically lifted and shifted logistics from one third-party company to another. She planned selection, transitioning and onboarding for the new third-party logistics group. Over 800 people were impacted and the project yielded a total run rate savings of $3.4 million. She and the team did all of this in 90 days.

Kim and fellow sorority sisters
Delta Sigma Theta 54th National Convention Career Fair Pictured Left to Right: Patricia Covington, Michelle Taylor, Kimberly Adams and Hollin Bolden

Beyond Cummins

Like for many parents in the work force, the pandemic blurred the lines between home life and work life as adults transitioned to working from home and children and teens switched to virtual learning. Kim and her husband have two boys, ages 9 and 15. Kim found her stride by ensuring she schedules time to help her youngest son with virtual school, supporting their shared love of football and granting herself forgiveness to overcome the self-inflicted pressure that comes with being an active work parent during the changing times of a pandemic.
 

Service to others is the rent you pay for the room here on earth.

Kim believes that community service is a must for her to live her most authentic life. She has enjoyed giving back during her first mission trip and loves to volunteer with various organizations within STEM, particularly the National Society of Black Engineers and Black Girls Code.

Kim and her family
Kim with her husband, Antonio, and their two sons Kaleb and Antonio II


With a proven track record for complex problem solving and dedication to excellence, Kim Adams is an invaluable member of New Power. We look forward to her continued success as she provides quick and accurate problem resolutions for customers and inspires others to pursue a career in STEM through her community service.
 

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Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employee storytelling, and employer branding. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. 

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