FEATURE STORY TURNER CONSTRUCTION
PICTURED: Dave Spaulding and Turner employees on Turner's annual community improvement day, Paint the Town Blue. Photo provided by Turner.
Dave Spaulding, Vice President at Turner Construction, is unequivocal in his commitment to creating a strong work culture. “We don't just want to be the best construction company, we want to be the best place to work,” Spaulding said. Turner has the accolades that prove their efforts are working and being recognized. The Human Rights Campaign has recognized Turner as a leader in promoting LGBTQ workplace equality for the four consecutive years in a row, awarding the company a score of 100/100 on their annual Corporate Equality Index. Additionally, Turner stands by the idea that transparency and open communication from the top down creates a positive culture and returns dividends in the form of employee loyalty. “If communication is good from the top down, it opens up a conduit for communication with the top,” Spaulding said. “Rumors start because people don’t trust that they’re getting all the information. Get rid of the rumor mills and people will talk to you and tell you where the holes are.” As a further commitment to employee engagement, Turner understands the value of recognizing employees for their day-to-day accomplishments. They have created a website called TurnerPerks, where employees are able to give points to their colleagues for acknowledgement of a job well done. Those points accumulate allowing employees to pick from perks that range from restaurant gift cards to televisions.
PICTURED: Employees at Indelac Controls, provided by Indelac. WORKFORCE 2019 | VOLUME 38 NUMBER 3
The management team at Indelac Controls takes a more classic approach in building workplace culture at the family business, utilizing principles learned from over 30 years of manufacturing electric actuators. They employ the principles “You learn when you are young, ” said Chief Business Development Officer Matt Robinson. “Work hard and treat others how you would like to be treated.” This approach is working for Indelac, a manufacturer based out of Florence, as they calculate their annual turnover rate to be approximately 1% even in this extremely tight labor market. Robinson, is unapologetically proud to be a U.S. based manufacturer and distinctly understands the importance that Indelac’s people have played in the success of the company his father founded. “Treat people well, give them a safe and positive environment with clear expectations,” Robinson plainly stated. “Listen to them. If there is something going on, be there for them.” Indelac’s dedication to its employees is reflected in its employee benefit strategy. Employees enjoy a 100% employer contribution for single plan health, dental, vision and basic life insurance premiums. Plus, for employees pursuing a degree, up to a $5,000 will be reimbursed of their tuition per calendar year depending on grade performance. PAGE 25