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Fishing, hunting, white water rafting, skiing, hiking—no outdoorsy activity is unrepresented here. But the benefits don’t end once the employee steps inside the PFL facility.
“People who are attracted to working here also want to have a workplace that is more than a paycheck,” Field remarks. “They want to have a workplace that’s meaningful, engaging, rewarding and fun.”
For starters, PFL is the only company in the state that is licensed to have on-site child care. He first considered having in-house accommodations after two key employees became pregnant within a short span. One employee took just two weeks of maternity leave, and asked if she could bring her baby to work.
“Sometimes I’d carry her child around so she could get some work done,” Field recalls. “What I realized is that it’s really tough that moms often feel the pressure or conflict between having a great career and being a great parent. We want to make it easier for them. If a mother knows that within 30 seconds she can go see her child, during her break time or lunch, that’s nice. That’s important.”
Sometimes, an employee’s “baby” has four legs, and those loved ones are welcome, too. Field himself started the trend of bringing dogs to work when he first toted along his newly-adopted puppy, whom he didn’t want to leave at home alone. Soon, an employee asked if he could also bring his pooch to work, and a tradition was born.
How valued are the canines? When PFL moved into its current facility nearly five years ago, Field decided against having carpeting, since dogs and rugs invariably result in disaster.
“I figured if manufacturing employees can stand on concrete for 12-hour shifts, we can roll our chairs on it,” he states. “We realized that we value a fun, casual and relaxed workplace. On a typical day, the best-dressed person might be wearing jeans.”