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Winning Workplace “Fleetwood Group” pays employees to volunteer for community when biz is slow!

Like so many of our TSW Finalists and Winners, Michigan based manufacturer Fleetwood Group continues to amaze their community and the press with innovative and passionate approaches to their business.

I’ll be visiting this fantastic organization again in our media, but this article (from Erin Albanese, The Grand Rapids Press) came out recently with their distinction as a Finalist in this year’s TSW 2009 competition, and some very big kudos need to be given to their management team, who continue to impress with creative and committed ways to stay competitive and provide for their stakeholders.  Great stuff here.

Instead of laying off employees while business is slow (down by about 20 percent) Fleetwood Group, a furniture and electronics manufacturer, keeps staff (“Team-Member Owners”) on the payroll while helping the community.

24 furniture-division employees are helping at Habitat for Humanity, pet rescue, camps and ministries.

During their stints, the workers continue earning their regular wages and benefits.

The goal is to retain a well-trained team so the 54-year-old company is poised to resume production when the economy recovers,” their President and CEO Doug Ruch explains in the article.

Five-year employee Dan Stitt added, “They try to take care of us when times are tough.”

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