Working at a “Best Place to Work”

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At its peak, “That 70’s Show” was pretty funny. The father on the show, Red Forman (played perfectly by Kurtwood Smith), was a grouchy curmudgeon who was always fed up about one thing or another. One dialogue exchange that I still remember vividly involved him talking to his son, Eric. Eric was complaining about his job, to which Red replied, “It’s called ‘work’ for a reason. Otherwise, it would be called ‘happy-go-fun-time.’”

People from my previous employer frequently ask me how my new job is treating me. Quite frankly, working at TriComB2B is “happy-go-fun-time.” The agency was named a “Best Place to Work” by The Dayton Business Journal in 2009, 2010 and once again in 2012.

You could write a case study for how to run a small business based solely on TriComB2B. There’s no backstabbing, micromanaging or mandatory overtime. While we all have job titles, nobody ever says, “That’s not my job.” It’s like a sports team in a Hollywood movie where people do their jobs for the greater good of the team, regardless of position. Whether you’re the CEO or not, if there are banana peels littering the parking lot for whatever reason, you pick them up, because it’s not about you.

While working for clients is always first and foremost, it never feels like that. Production meetings can be a total bore at most jobs, but Monday and Thursday mornings have an “open mic night at the local comedy club” vibe. And that’s the worst part of the job. Employee morale is never an issue, as you are constantly praised, complimented and asked what management can do to make your job easier. Friendly rivalries are created around H-O-R-S-E games played in the warehouse. I could go on, but you get the idea.

With the economy still not fully recovered by a long shot, management matches 401(k) employee contributions up to 3 percent. That’s unheard of in 2012.

I’ve worked at places where you constantly had to have your guard up, but there’s never a need to do so here. It’s both refreshing and reassuring to not have to look over your shoulder every week, wondering if your job is on the chopping block so the suits can save a few bucks. It motivates you to put your best foot forward and double your efforts. You know they have your back, so you want to ensure you have their back in return.

I wasn’t asked to write this. I wrote this voluntarily as a way of saying “Thanks.” This wasn’t me trying to say “My workplace is cooler than yours.”

Even though it is.


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