One of the most common questions we get around here from people who take a tour or reach out to us is, “How much does it cost to provide all these perks?” While it seems like a valid question on the surface, to us, it tells us we didn’t do a very good job of explaining what we are all about to the person who asked the question. Because, if someone truly understood what we were all about, they would know that we don’t look at how we run our business in that way. We always say, “it doesn’t cost to offer these things, it pays.” Right now, you’re thinking that sounds like a kumbaya, pie in the sky answer, right? It might be, but what do we really mean by it? We mean that if you do what’s right for your employees and invest in things that are meaningful to them and their families, the financial cost will always be outweighed by the payback you get from those employees. You gain employees who trust in your organization, who are proud to dawn the company name, who will have the back of the other employees and the company and who will work hard to help the company and the employees of the company grow.
So many people ask us why we don’t cut all the perks and just make more money to the bottom line. Again, if you would ask us that question, you haven’t been listening to our story and why we do things the way we do. We believe in this way of running a business, but it doesn’t work for every company out there, and that’s ok. We aren’t saying our way is better than yours, but it is better for us. And quite frankly, we wouldn’t know how to do it any other way, and even if we did, we wouldn’t want to.
In the long run, we think our way will pay. We sure hope it will pay financially, that would be awesome, but we also hope it pays by seeing an employee buy their first house, and by an employee getting promoted to that position they had always been hoping for, and by being covered through health insurance during a tough medical scare, or even by seeing an employee leave the company and start their own business. Some might ask, “what would it cost to help employees achieve all that, sounds expensive?” We say, “no idea what the financial cost was, but whatever it was, it sure seems worth it.”