Printing’s Best Workplaces : The Cream of the Crop
• A financial security package boasts a profit sharing and 401(k) plan. Esoteric, but unique, offerings include military leave differential pay, legal planning services (wills, etc.) and interest-free loans toward the purchase of a home computer.
Often times, it is the “small things” that can make a huge difference in the lives of employees, and with Berthelsen, this is no exception. Every payday, he personally hand-delivers the checks to all 200 or so employees. He also brings workers birthday and Christmas gifts. The annual party usually takes place around March, because the end of the year is such a busy time for the company. This bash also serves as the annual awards dinner, where a number of honors—including Employee of the Year—are bestowed.
Toss in other benefits that enhance the work/life balance, such as flexible scheduling, donations for fellow employees in need, on-site car washes and company-sponsored events (golf outing, picnic, pizza party, sports teams), and you have a walking billboard for Suttle-Straus.
"Maintaining a stable workforce is extremely important. The cost of employee turnover is very high," Berthelsen concludes. "We have a pretty high seniority rate, with some people who have worked here 35 to 40 years. Our 25-year club has 23 people in it. If you can keep your turnover low, that's a huge advantage."
This coldset web printer with digital capabilities is a 52-employee shop that produces general commercial items such as coupons, flyers and local store marketing items. But its bread-and-butter lies with Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets—Vox has been providing McDonald's with tray liners and place mats for roughly 40 years.
Of the many perks offered by Vox Printing, one of the more unique is its company chaplain. President David Reid got the idea from an associate pastor at his church, who at the time was involved in a national group called Marketplace Ministries. The pastor and a representative from Marketplace Ministries visited Vox, and the idea quickly took hold. Though the printer no longer relies on Marketplace Ministries, a pastor visits Vox on a weekly basis for confidential mental, emotional and spiritual guidance.