Thankful Thursday XXV – Companies Who Care About Their People

Since the pandemic hit hard early last year, my sweetie has been working at home instead of the large office she had clocked in at before. My sweetie and thousands others like her, in her corporation and countless others. They sent home computers and monitors and the software needed for her to trouble-shoot customer problems from the desk in our bedroom. It’s a familiar scenario across the land, and across the world. This Thankful Thursday I’m thankful for companies which care about their employees.

It struck me a few days back but was really reinforced in my mind earlier today. While there are downsides to the work at home – at times she misses the comraderie of having her worker friends around, she had a more comfortable chair and movable, ergonomic desk in the office, for instance – for the most part it’s been great. We’ve saved hundreds in gas by not having to have her drive back and forth daily, and most importantly, she and most of her co-workers have been able to stay safe. Thinking back, even pre-Covid, it seemed like she was sick a lot more frequently and flu had rampaged through their ranks the winter before. I appreciate the corporation doing their part, and I expect if they ever recall the office, there’ll be differences. More space between desks, perhaps people working some days at home, some days on site, partitions between desks…who knows?

Anyway, that leads to today, when she received an intranet e-mail saying to check her door. The company had sent over a gift bag… snacks, keychain, pens and notepads, that sort of thing. Even a large bagged pickle with a note saying “we think you’re a big dill!” It was cute, and brightened her work day. Little things like that go a long way from employers.

Back in the day, in my first of two employers that were in the photographic industry, we were at a small store. The pay wasn’t great, the ventilation around the processing equipment sub-standard I’m sure. So were my sinuses, and other co-workers who seemed to get a whole lot of sinus infections. But the co-workers were great and the owner of the franchise at least made sure he had a couple of big parties annually for all of us. Mid-summer there was a big pool party at his house, with softball (and his famous “Skydome of Beer!” at home plate – a cooler shaped like the Toronto sports stadium) , a BBQ and of course, cooling off in his pool. It was a great day to relax and have fun with the others outside the “office”. Same thing come winter time, with a Christmas party, full dinner and all those fun things at his place. I appreciated that. So too the freebies he got and passed out readily. Olympus mugs, Ilford film frisbees, Ricoh attaches or something, clothing. Particularly, clothing. The store had a uniform but, if you were in a comfy Canon sweatshirt say, you could skip the dress code for a day. It made me feel quite appreciated.

So here’s to all the employers going the extra mile, to keep the employers safe and put a smile upon their face. I’m thankful for all of you.

9 Replies to “Thankful Thursday XXV – Companies Who Care About Their People”

  1. Yep…I would love to work at a company like that. Jennifer really does…they treat her really good with contests most days and she has received gift cards. It doesn’t take that though… just thanking someone does it also…showing that they are appreciated. Yea the cook outs and things like that are great I have to admit. I worked at a small place before that had Christmas parties…nice Christmas parties and they were not too expensive….but that didn’t matter…they showed they appreciated us.

    Some companies though stubbornly will not go the extra mile and they will pay down the line. Right now if they are not giving out decent benefits…people are going elsewhere.

    Great topic and I think since Covid employers are getting the memo…

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    1. hopefully so… my stepson works in a supermarket, his particular branch goes through staff like water (which results in under-staffing exacerbating the problems) and they don’t do a whole lot extra for staff. Other companies are great though… I think that as much as I tend to think millennials and GenZ are spoiled largely, they have expectations for a lot at work & employers are having to start to change to keep them, and that benefits anyone… even old geezers like us, LOL.

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      1. LOL…oh yes…now we are demanding change because the market is ripe out there right now. The pay is higher…I do wonder how long it will last or will it vanish and go back to where it was?
        Parts of it were people that had the unemployment checks saved some and they didn’t need to go back as quick.

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      2. I firmly believe minimum wage should be higher… inflation doesn’t stop but it hasn’t gone up in what, 13 years? … but soon the market might take care of the cries for a $15 MW (I figured even putting it at $10 nationally would be a great compromise) since so many companies are having to go there just to get ordinary workers.

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      3. Yes it should go up… I totally believe that but it should depend in the region… in LA 15 an hour is not a big deal but in Elkview Kentucky it would be…yea I just picked that city out of the air…I do agree again it should go up.

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      4. yep… I think $10 an hour would be a good base rate , with full allowance for any state or county to increase it depending on local cost of living. Back in Ontario it’s upto $15, but that is a bit of apples and oranges, since $15Cdn equals about $12.50 US… and taxes are higher (but on the other hand, medical care is generally free).

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      5. well, pros and cons… if you’re very rich, American health care is better. But for poor or even middle income, Canada’s is better I’d say. (probably part of reason Covid death rates there are less than half than US per capita)… if you’re sick, you’re going to get into hospital and be taken care of, but you might be in a room with three other people, for instance. If you want a private room, you have to pay or have supplementary insurance. Surgeries are free (except cosmetic ones) but there’s a bit of a wait for non-life threatening ones … but then I hear of Americans having to wait months for things like hip replacements too. Sometimes hard to find a new doctor if you’re new to a city and don’t have a family doc there…but that might be the case here too, from what I’m told.

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      6. Thanks Dave… that explains it better to me than any other facts I’ve seen. I always thought that America should at least be free to 18 and under and 55 and over.

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