Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an after holiday employee party with my wife. It was so much fun meeting those with whom my wife works with and finally put names with faces.
Conversation was enjoyable, the food was great, and the atmosphere, even with over 100 people present, felt in many ways like family. I don’t think that was an accident. It’s my impression that those in leadership work hard at keeping it that way, since, from its inception, this company has been a family business.
In the midst of all of the eating and mingling and laughter, there was time set aside to simply recognize those who have been a part of the team for five years and longer, in five year increments. There were some who were recognized for five years and fifteen and even twenty five. Those are some major accomplishments. But I was blown away to see the recognition of one employee for fifty years. That is an incredible milestone.
How often does that happen anymore? From my perspective, this gentleman is a true gift to the company and represents commitment and a willingness to change with the times when it’s needed most.
Peer recognition goes a long way for most people. I’m so glad to have been a part of this evening where the owner of s company took a few moments to recognize his team. This kind of company culture is worth the investment, and is just what folks are looking for. And on top of that, it makes a world of difference for the company as a whole.
Plain and simple…People Matter!