I’ve owned several businesses. I’ve managed several more. I’ve worked since I was 15 and been a peon at many jobs. And I firmly believe your employees make or break you. I also believe that the happier the employees, the more productive and loyal they are.
Why I sit and think of these things is interesting to me, since I’m nowhere near any capacity to do this. I find it fun though.
Ok. Here goes.
1 week vacation the first year with major holidays and birthday off. A personal day off accrued every 6 months. A second week vacation added the second year and another week earned every 5 years.
Great, low cost to employee health plan including dental and eye care, disability insurance, and 401k with matching contributions or stock options.
Free food in cafeteria: snacks, buffet and short order cook.
Company sponsored events, groups, parties, etc. like: basketball, choir, chess club, bowling, book club, etc. (No alcohol)
Large workout facility.
Open door policy for HR and anonymous suggestion box where all complaints get reviewed by a manager and a peer committee.
Room for growth for every job position, priority to hire from within.
Free training and continued education for anyone with over 1 year employment and good employee reviews.
Create products and services of real value to people and the world. If that means (I’m looking at you John Deere) that you make products so well that they last lifetimes, then expand your product line or enter new markets. Do not cheapen the products.
Find ways to give back to society, set up volunteer opportunities for employees, try to make a positive difference in the world: a conscious effort to leave the world better.
Under no circumstances do you shield company revenue, as in: avoid paying taxes, create tax loopholes, offshore accounts or false fronts.
Have real accountability and transparency in business dealings.
Have true regard for environmental impact and global sustainability.
The thing I hate about large companies and corporations is that they forget what truly matters. They become so beholden to the bottom line, owners, top brass and shareholders that they lose sight of how they got where they did.
People: people working for the company, people buying its products and services, people believing in and supporting it, people working hard to make it successful.
And yet companies have the audacity to pay its executives hundreds of times what its average employee makes. In what world does that make sense? Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Greed. Capitalism. I get it in theory. But to me it seems a very narrow-minded, idiotic way to conduct business.
Make products with cheap materials or that become obsolete quicky to maintain a cash flow when people need to replace them; with no concern for the environment or people’s pocket books.
Use your employees up, grind all you can out of them, burn them out and then move on to younger cheaper labor as soon as you can.
My list of complaint against the corporate agenda and what they get away with and do to society, to the environment, to the economy is way too long frankly.
And it’s going to depress me to keep going. When this all started out as a happy little fantasy. 💋