Giving Thanks…to Your Employees

Angela Remmert by Angela Remmert | 11.20.2012

Recently, one of our graphic artists celebrated a milestone: five years with Honeywell. In addition to a certificate from Honeywell and the great benefit of extra vacation time, his supervisor brought in some five-year balloons. This simple gesture was met with such appreciation that I heard it all the way to my cubicle. Since everyone jokes that I want to blog about anything, I was up for the challenge and then it hit me: employee recognition.

When I first started with ADEMCO too many years ago to say, Leo Guthart and Roger Fradin held luncheons for people celebrating 25, 30 even 40 years with the company. As a recent Hofstra graduate, I marveled that anyone would stay at one company for so long. Fast forward ?? years later, and you will still find me and countless ADEMCO veterans walking the Honeywell halls.

Employees who go above and beyond the call of duty are recognized annually with a President’s Award from Mike Duffy, President of Per Mar Security Services.

So I wondered, who out there is managing to keep their employees thankful for so long? It didn’t take me long to find a perfect example to share. In Davenport, Iowa, Per Mar Security Services is keeping their employees satisfied for decades, some even across generations. This family-owned business just celebrated 59 years of service, an amazing feat that Michael Duffy, President of Per Mar Security Services doesn’t take lightly.

“Without our people, we don’t have anything, and through employee training and providing opportunities, we’re proud of the fact that our average length of service is exceptional compared to a lot of people in the industry. Our central station manager’s been with us for over 30 years. We’ve got any number of people that have been here 20+ years. And as they get that background and the history, they’re able to provide the quality of service that the customers need.”

Duffy believes this focus on employee satisfaction is a key reason to Per Mar’s success. ” If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of your customers. And if you do that, then your profits will come and you’ll have financial success, which allows you to continue to reinvest in the business.”

So what are you doing to show your thanks to your employees? From a holiday luncheon to a bouquet of balloons, these gestures go a long way to keeping your employees happy and your business thriving.