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Be ESOP SMART in 2022

2021-12-03T17:04:45+00:00December 3, 2021|Articles, Featured|

With 2021 almost over, it’s time to plan for 2022. Make the most of employee ownership by integrating SMART goals into your 2022 ownership culture and communication planning process. SMART goals are: S = Specific, M = Measurable, A = Attainable, R = Relevant , T = Time based. You can utilize SMART to create a clear ownership communications plan, execute the plan and evaluate your effort. 

Safety Game Gets Employees Thinking at BSC Ventures’ Annual Meeting

2021-12-03T17:04:21+00:00December 3, 2021|Articles, Featured, Skills for ESOP ownership, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Do employees at your company roll the dice on safety sometimes? We all probably do, often without even thinking about it. Facing that challenge, BSC Ventures, a custom envelope manufacturer, had a new request for their ESOP annual meeting: let’s play a game that teaches our employee owners how important workplace safety is for all of us, our company and for driving ESOP stock value. That’s how the Workplace Development’s Safety Game was born! 

Hands-on ESOP Education at Software Solutions and Onex

2021-08-27T16:22:53+00:00August 26, 2021|Articles, Building Business Literacy, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Experience is a powerful teacher. You don’t get a driver’s license just by reading about how to drive a car; you must practice driving the car, too! That’s why understanding your ESOP doesn’t end with one-way communication of the plan rules. In Workplace Development’s ESOP Game, employee owners dive into a business simulation where they actually feel what it’s like to make tough business decisions because they make them. They see the impact of their decisions and what influences the stock value in their ESOP accounts over the course of several years.  Software Solutions Inc. and Onex Inc. said the ESOP Game brought ESOP concepts to life for their employees.

Employee Owners Learn How They Grow Stock Value

2021-08-26T10:46:21+00:00August 26, 2021|Articles, Building Business Literacy, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

Does everyday work really impact company stock value? Absolutely! But sometimes it is hard to see.  That’s why MKSK, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm, sought a way to help its employee owners learn how everyday actions contribute to value during their annual meeting in 2021. MKSK became 100% employee-owned in September 2019. Workplace Development’s Power of One Dollar learning activity was the perfect fit to illustrate to new employee owners how everyday actions add up. 

Employee ownership, done right, inspires confidence in the future

2021-08-27T16:19:22+00:00July 20, 2021|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits|

“A tale of two economies.” That’s the story a recent study reveals about how ESOP participants see their financial stability compared to those who work at non-ESOP firms. The research conducted by John Zogby Strategies found fewer economic hardships reported by employees who work in ESOP companies compared to those who work in non-ESOP companies. Employee owners are more confident about their financial future.

Preserving Human Connections at Equity Engineering Group

2021-04-01T02:10:58+00:00March 31, 2021|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, Featured, Skills for ESOP Ownership|

“It looked like we were going to kick off a year of talking about our company's core beliefs," says Theresa Riley HR Director for Equity Engineering Group. And then, the pandemic hit. Any hope for face-to-face conversations were dashed. “We had a new reality in which employees would have to transition to nearly 100% remote work.”

Fun, Games and ESOP Challenges: What’s up with that?

2021-04-14T15:26:14+00:00August 17, 2020|Articles, Building Business Literacy, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured, Uncategorized|

Attend an employee-ownership conference and you’re bound to run into the ESOP zealots who want you to take part in a game or group activity. Even in this era of required social distancing, you may get roped into an interactive Teams event or a Zoom contest. What’s up with this? Click here to read the full article.

Make the Most of ESOP Month

2021-03-10T21:32:56+00:00August 17, 2020|Articles, Communicating ESOP Benefits, ESOP Committee Development, Featured, New ESOPs|

October’s Employee-Ownership Month presents you with a great opportunity to make the most of your most valuable assets: employee owners. Because the coronavirus has made it difficult to hold in-person meetings, this is the time to utilize our virtual services to train employees about your ESOP’s benefits, build your ownership culture and communicate the value of employee ownership. Click here to read the full article.

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