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and vision. " We have a bonus base too, "
says Tirado. Darby shares that Rent-EQuip
offers generous holiday pay and a
retirement plan, " which is a big deal to a
lot of employees. There are other add-on
programs like general accident insurance
as well as life insurance that are available
through the company. "
To build on that sense of family and
home, SJPR holds an annual spring
training, calling up workers right before
the season starts. " It's basically just
getting their feet wet again and getting
back into the flow of things, and we
make a whole week of it, " he says. It's
also an excellent opportunity for SJPR to
bring in new hires and make them feel
like part of the family. During that time,
SJPR includes videos and printouts with
full training with everything from erecting
a basic 10-by-10 pop-up tent to complex
40-foot tents.
At Rent-E-Quip, ensuring that the
company is a fun place to work is key,
says Darby. " We let our employees play
music throughout the warehouse. We
technically have a no cell phone policy at
work, but if you're just putting on Spotify
to connect to your Bluetooth speaker and
that makes it a little easier to get through
the day, we say 'go for it.' We also have
coffee stations located throughout the
building. " These things may seem small,
he says, but they help.
The company also does biannual or
annual surveys for employees, depending
on which department they are in. " With
our different sections in the warehouse-
EMBRACING THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE
hile many companies in the industry are comprised of
family and close friends, bringing in " new blood " can
yield real benefits, especially if it increases the company's
generational diversity. In fact, it's so important that at Rent-EQuip,
wedding and event rental specialist David Darby says
employee ages are " all over the board. " The majority are
between 20 and 25, with sales team members between 40
and 60; the oldest employee " works part-time driving trucks
just for fun, and he's up towards 80. And our youngest are
around 18, but we actually have one 16-year-old who works a
few hours per week. "
W
Despite the range in ages and experience at the familyrun
company, Darby says the different generational groups
overall work well together. " I think it's an advantage to have
the different generations and the different ways they all
approach problems, " he says. " Traditionally, our delivery staff
is a younger crowd, but when they talk to the people that are
creating the logistics and the routes, seeing how they approach
the different problems and different challenges is beneficial. "
Rent-E-Quip also carefully crafts its teams. " For example,
on a delivery crew, we have more experienced workers go
out with those with less experience, " says Darby. And while
the company doesn't have an official training program,
Darby says leadership is in the process of formalizing a lot
of procedures that encourage teaching and learning
on the job. However, he adds, it's not simply the older
generation teaching the younger. " We have a lot of young
20-somethings that have been with us for six to eight
years. Meanwhile, we'll have somebody come in that's
30. Even though they're older, they may not have the
experience of some of the younger people. "
Overall, Darby says things have been " smooth sailing "
among the different generations, and part of the reason for
that success, he says, comes down to having employees
focus on a common goal. " We try to stress that whether
you're working for a charity, somebody's wedding, a
celebration of life, a gender reveal or a bridal shower,
you're helping on a very important day of somebody's life. "
As a result, he says, " A lot of our employees end up
taking pride in knowing they're helping people, especially
when they see the reactions from the guests and the
photos after the events. "
At the end of the day, Darby says making sure all the
different generations of employees find meaning in their
work " is a common goal they can work toward. And even
if they have differences or get into a little spat on a jobsite,
it's never at the expense of the job. They get the job done
and then reconcile everything afterwards. "
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PEAK Event Services employees after
completing a setup. PEAK focuses
on both recruiting and retaining
employees, offering competitive wages,
matching 401Ks and full health benefits
including disability and life insurance.
Photo courtesy of PEAK Event Services.
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