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She has also eliminated any practices
that make employees feel judged. For
example, although she sees the value of
annual reviews, mentoring new employees
and providing feedback as they learn has
proven more effective.
"I've tried many incentives over the
years," Poe says. "In the end, I've found that
making the shop a friendly place to work,
allowing flexible time off as needed, and
paying a decent wage are the key ingredients
for keeping good people around.
"I like to treat my employees as
adults who are capable of making good
decisions," she continues. "If they prove
otherwise, they need to find a different
job. This methodology might not work
in a larger company, but it's working
well for us right now."

With a solid benefits package, fun teambuilding activities, employee recognition and
community involvement, Peachtree Awnings and Tennessee Awnings keep turnover
in the low double-digits. In this photo, team member Deven Turner works on a dome
awning. Photo: BAM! Investments, dba Peachtree Awnings & Tennessee Awnings.

Pamela Mills-Senn is a freelance writer
based in Long Beach, Calif.

INSIGHTS & TAKEAWAYS
Is your company involved in the community
and community outreach? The local Chamber
of Commerce or nonprofits are good places to start.
People want to work for companies that have a strong,
squeaky-clean image (don't underestimate the value
of logoed trucks and shirts) and are responsible
corporate citizens."
BARRY ADAMS
PRESIDENT, PEACHTREE AWNINGS AND TENNESSEE AWNINGS

Some companies have a culture of only looking
at the positive side of things, never discussing
the negative. We discuss both. A good culture involves
focusing not only on what is good but also on what
isn't going well so we can get better. This also allows
employees to feel valued and that they have a say
in how the company is managed."
JACLYN KIRKWOOD
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, GOODWIN-COLE COMPANY INC.

I believe new associates' early
experiences in their tenure have a lasting
impact on their view of the company and their
commitment level. Ensuring a positive, engaging,
supportive onboarding experience for new hires
supports a smooth transition, accelerates their
learning curve and builds the foundation for
long-term engagement."
CRAIG HAYDAMACK
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES,
MILLIKEN & COMPANY

Pay employees what they're worth. If you
had a great year and they were a part of that
success, show your appreciation by giving them
an unexpected bonus, or a gift certificate to their
favorite restaurant or some time off. Ask them
in advance what they would like."
AMY POE
OWNER, WYCKAM LLC.

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