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With just 135 employees, staffing agency Winter, Wyman in Boston is limited when it comes to employee benefits, says Michelle Roccia, senior VP of corporate organizational development. So it offers the standard medical and dental insurance, and then managers come up with “soft benefits” to keep employees happy and make the organization attractive to applicants.

Many of the organization’s employees are consultants and recruiters who work in the field, and managers allow them to flex their work schedules to accommodate personal and family business.

Plus, bonuses and achievement awards come quarterly instead of annually so reinforcement happens often and quickly when employees achieve a milestone.

The company also encourages employees to volunteer in the community, and allows them time to do it. The organization chose Read Boston as a favorite charity, and enlisted employees to go to schools and read to children or teach them for a day.

In addition, they volunteer at a school for the blind and have helped clear brush from the banks of the Charles River.

The philanthropic spirit comes from the organization’s founder, who also participates in the charitable activities. “When you see that it comes from the top, you get a lot of participation,” says Roccia. “Sometimes the softer benefits are the ones that people think are important.”

Contact: Michelle Roccia at mroccia@winterwyman.com.

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