As an employee on the cusp of a decade with Lessing-Flynn, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the “extras” that LF has offered over the years. People will often say, “Almost 10 years — that’s a long time, what’s kept you there?”
Well, I’m here to say it takes more than a nice compensation package to retain quality people. While money is a huge motivator to stay put, there are other unseen benefits companies should be providing. As a small agency without all the bells and whistles Google or Zappos might offer (still waiting on the LF ball pit), we’ve come a long way since I started. As a member of Lessing-Flynn’s Mental Well Being Committee (MWBC) we are constantly working to add to a positive work culture by planning activities throughout the year. A few activities here and there do not a culture make, but we know that with every outing we’re creating an opportunity to bond with each other.
Lessing-Flynn MWBC Calendar Events
- Birthday celebrations
- Monthly scheduled happy hours at our nearby local establishments
- Impromptu Friday in-office happy hours
- Holiday and special occasion potlucks
- Baby and Bridal Showers
- Professional organization events
- Annual summer award tailgating BBQ (The Flynnies)
- Habitat for humanity
- Team building activities
- Step challenge to promote health
- Water challenge to promote health
- Year-end Holiday party
- Massage day (By a professional masseuse — we’re not a bunch of creeps)
- Dog month
- Family picnic day
- Mixology night
- Jasper winery series
- ZooBrew outing
- Co-ed Volleyball league teams
- And more!
Beyond these activities, Lessing-Flynn promotes a kid-friendly flexible schedule and we even allow the occasional fur-ball to make a visit. Bottom line we are a business, but we are a business that recognizes there is value to be made in investing in our people.
Beyond the fun activities, we’ve invested in DISC profile assessments, 360 evaluations, account college, professional seminars/conventions and membership to several professional organizations. Oh, and did I mention we get a quarterly Boom Bonus?
Right now, you might be saying, “Well that’s not that much different than a lot of companies out there.” So, what makes our retention stand out? Great people. Our best assets are our personalities. We’re a family, so as employee of an agency that has been around for 110 years, knowing that my company has more than my best interest in mind, keeps me around.