When an R&R Partners employee was diagnosed with cancer last year and took short-term disability leave, her co-workers allowed the Las Vegas ad agency to deduct money from their paychecks to make up the 40% of her pay she didn’t receive while she was out.
“The least of her worries was getting a 100% paycheck while she needed to worry about her health,” Fran Barr, corporate director of HR, said.
Camaraderie is part of the organization’s culture, Barr notes.
To promote it, the company gets its 241 employees together to celebrate holidays, including Halloween, when employees work for just two hours before donning costumes and taking part in skits. During the holiday season, employees bring their children in for photos with Santa.
They celebrate successes, too. When the company won a national “Best Place to Work” award, execs joined the rank and file for a champagne toast at their monthly Town Hall meeting. Attached to every champagne glass was a $50 gas gift card.
The organization spends about $2 million a year for benefits, including about $100,000 on “staff goodwill,” Barr said.
Contact: Fran Barr at email@example.com.