Twenty percent of West Valley Staffing Group’s employees worked there for a while, left for other jobs, and then came back to claim their former positions. And many of the technology temp agency’s 60 employees have worked there for a decade or longer, even though most Silicon Valley firms suffer from high turnover.
Perhaps it’s the perks: The 40-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., organization springs for a gym membership for each employee and his or her spouse. Every other Friday—on payday—a masseuse sets up shop in the office and gives massages for $1 a minute. The firm has fresh fruit delivered once a month as a healthy treat. And once-a-month potluck lunches help employees bond over casseroles as they congratulate each other for the length-of-service awards that gives out during the parties.
Managers encourage employees to speak up about problems. During the annual process, employees are allowed to anonymously critique their bosses.
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