Printing’s Best Workplaces : The Cream of the Crop
As for extracurricular activities that help promote team building, EB sponsors United Way fund-raising initiatives, Red Cross blood drives, sports teams (bowling, softball), an annual golf outing and trips to professional/collegiate sporting events. Throughout the year, annual recognition/appreciation events (employee recognition, holiday and seasonal parties) are held.
Aside from its employee recognition events, EB regularly shares financial information with all employees and offers them a profit sharing program that, to date, has paid out more than $15 million. A sliding scale provides greater payouts to workers with the highest level of service to the company.
“By connecting company performance and continuous improvement with profit sharing, we’re making a strong statement about the positive changes and contributions employees make that directly impact profitability,” notes John Edwards, president and CEO.
In order to aid employees from a work/life balance point of view, the company offers family-friendly incentives such as flex hours, job sharing and work from home. Families are encouraged to attend company functions, and EB tries to be flexible so employees can attend school plays or conferences.
EB also offers its own book scholarship program to the sons and daughters of employees who are pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarships range from $250 to $1,000.
A sheetfed and digital producer of commercial printing products such as magazines, posters and annual reports, Hopkins Printing fits the smaller shop Best Workplaces category, with just under 100 employees on staff. Founded in 1975, Hopkins converted to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2007, thus its worker base has literal and figurative "stock" in the fortunes of the firm.
Hopkins Printing would presumably produce a solid football team; it kicks off every day with a huddle meeting—10 minute conferences to discuss safety, production, suggestions and various housekeeping matters. Jim Hopkins, CEO, believes the short get-togethers promote teamwork, recognize efforts and improve communication.