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Care for Your
Employees
Jon Sillerud
Uponor North America

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ULTIVATING A STRONG
brand results from investing
in the customer experience
while concentrating on employee
needs. Here's how you can enrich the
lives of your employees and their families to build a promising future.

CONCENTRATE ON CULTURE
The difference between a good company and a great one is culture. This is a
fact. According to a Glassdoor report,
public companies named to their "Best
Places to Work" list have outperformed the S&P 500 by 115%.
So how do you get a healthy, thriving
culture? It starts at the top. You need
leaders who value a collaborative,
engaging environment that encourages,
celebrates, and rewards innovative ideas
and solutions. For example, encourage
employees to submit ideas for operations,
safety, delivery, and cost containment.
These ideas can improve your culture
and have a very positive effect on your
bottom line.

ing four days off in a row is a big benefit.
Some have even described it as a "mini
vacation" several times a month.

MASTER MOBILITY
A company that regularly promotes
from within has many advantages
over companies that routinely seek
outside candidates. Providing internal-advancement opportunities fosters
a sense of confidence that tenure
at the company is strongly valued.
This approach also gives employees a
chance to better support their families
for the future. The company benefits
by eliminating hiring costs, while
experiencing faster assimilation, lower
employee turnover, and better quality
of performance.
Seeking new and better ways to care
for employees and their families is a
trend that will continue as more companies look to maximize their workforce
and improve the return on their most
valuable investment-their people. EP

BUILD UP BENEFITS

Providing internal-advancement opportunities
fosters a sense of confidence in your workforce
and confirms that their tenure at the company
is strongly valued.

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Offering medical, dental, and life
insurance benefits is the norm for
most North American companies.
Consider giving employees something
more. Unique benefits such as free
legal services, pet insurance, paid time
off to volunteer, or work/life balance
resources are just a few of the ideas
that forward-thinking companies are
offering their valued workforce.
Another coveted option: flexible
schedules. For example, try a four days
on/four days off schedule for manufacturing workers. For many families, hav-

Jon Sillerud is Vice President, Operations, for Uponor North America,
Apple Valley, MN
(uponor.com). Reach him at
jon.sillerud@uponor.com.

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For more about workforce
development strategies and
techniques, watch our webinar
presented by Jon Sillerud. You
can view the presentation at
efficientplantmag.
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