I was telling him that back before we began making our own toothpaste, - Read how by clicking here - our brand was Tom's of Maine. I still use their deodorant. I like their products.
Many companies may say "Our employees are our greatest asset," but CLICK HERE to see how Tom's of Maine puts their money where their mouth is (pardon the play on words). Here's a brief summary of a few of the perks of working for Tom's:
- They have a work out facility for employees with personal trainers,
- They are encouraged to use 5% of their paid work time to volunteer in the community,
- They offer mothers or fathers 4 weeks of additional time off beyond short-term disability following the birth or adoption of a baby,
- Because Maine summers are short, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, employees' have special summer hours, giving them longer weekends,
- Employees are given a $4,000 benefit to purchase a new hybrid vehicle,
- Free coffee, fruit, tea, and spring water,
That's pretty cool!
As I was thinking about that, I was reminded that in our small town of Kinder, I'd like to think that my maternal grandparents, whom we lovingly called Bumby and Poppy, pioneered employee appreciation and community service initiatives similar to Tom's of Maine. Poppy opened the Kinder Supermarket in 1947 and hired many people - not just people, but friends. Many of those former employees have gone on to be doctors, teachers, engineers, and successful businessmen and women and fondly remember bagging groceries or ringing up canned goods at the Kinder Supermarket.
Bumby and Poppy were very active in the community and their church, volunteering, sponsoring ball teams, dance recitals, having benefits for those sick in the community. Around Christmastime, I can remember my grandfather loading up his Ford Bronco with goodies and delivering bags of free groceries to needy folks around our town. He and Bumby loved their employees and loved the community they served.
As a small boy, I can remember the excitement Bumby had in hosting a Christmas a Christmas Party in their home and inviting everyone over. Entertaining was Bumby's forte. She had multitudes of silly games for everyone to play. One I can remember is she'd separate the employees into 2 groups and give everyone a toothpick to put in their mouths. They would line up and the first person would be given a livesaver. They had to pass the lifesaver down the line using no hands - just transferring the livesaver from toothpick to toothpick. (Some Tom's toothpaste might have come in handy!) The same general idea but this time with an orange, passed from person to person - using no hands, just holding it between your chin and neck/shoulder. She'd often read a goofy poem or a silly joke or song. It sounds so corny, but people really had fun and it built camaraderie, friendship, loyalty and respect. It built goodwill and trust and was just enjoyable.
Come to think of it, the world needs more 'Supermarket Parties.' Or more "Bumby and Poppy's!"