TREVOSE, PA – July 14, 2009 – Advertising Specialty Institute®, the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry, announced today that results of Counselor magazine’s second annual Best Places to Work survey indicated higher morale at industry firms.
In fact, employees at industry firms gave such high marks to their companies this year, that Counselor expanded its Best Places to Work list from 50 top companies to 60.
“We were initially surprised to find that employee morale in the industry is so high in these more challenging economic times,” said Melinda Ligos, editor-in-chief for ASI. “While many firms have had to undergo staff reductions, it’s obvious that the employees who have remained feel valued and are confident in their company’s leadership.”
The companies highlighted are coming up with innovative strategies for motivating their employees and keeping morale high during a difficult economy. Some are offering more generous 401(k) packages and benefit plans, and others are providing creative and engaging programs. One company, for instance, has a “fun time committee” that regularly plans unique corporate outings, including golf contests, themed luncheons, local concerts and picnics. Another company has a big Halloween party, where every employee gets dressed up in costumes for a memorable event that is talked about year-round.
“It’s impressive that these companies are taking the time to think about motivation and ways they can keep employee morale up,” Ligos says. “Also, this is a group of companies that’s coming up with creative ways to consistently communicate with their employees — that’s something that’s vital to ensuring staffers are satisfied with their place of work.”
The top 60 companies include:
|14 West LLC, asi/197092||
Genumark Promotional Merchandise Inc., asi/204588
Metromedia Marketing Ltd., asi/268940
|Absorbent, Ink., asi/295819||Gifts By Design, Inc., asi/205947||Mid-Nite Snax, asi/71685|
|Albrecht & Co., asi/116308||GO USA, Inc., asi/208784||Motivators, Inc., asi/277780|
|Bag Makers, asi/37940||HALO/Lee Wayne, asi/356000||NewClients, Inc., asi/282470|
|BamBams LLC, asi/38228||HDS Marketing, Inc., asi/216807||
Overture Premiums & Promotions, asi/288437
Bluegrass Promotional Marketing, asi/141964
|iClick, asi/62124||Pingline, asi/78137|
Bob Lilly Professional Promotions, asi/254138
Identification Services/Halls and Company, asi/59080
|Pinnacle Designs, asi/78140|
|Boundless Network, asi/143717||Identity Marketing, asi/229857||Proforma, asi/300094|
|BrandVia Alliance, Inc., asi/145037||Image Source, asi/230121||PromoShop, Inc., asi/300446|
|Bullpen Marketing, asi/150076||Immediate Sales Agency, asi/230189||SanMar Corporation, asi/84863|
|Cavanaugh Marketing Network, asi/159262||Indoff, asi/231011||SnugZ USA, asi/88060|
|Chamberlain Marketing Group, asi/160501||iPROMOTEu, asi/232119||
Sonoma Promotional Solutions, asi/88188
|Creative Concepts, asi/170480||JH Specialty, Inc., asi/232445||Sunrise Identity, LLC, asi/339206|
|Crystal D, asi/47759||Kaeser & Blair, Inc., asi/238600||The Book Company, asi/41010|
CSE (Caliendo-Savio Enterprises, Inc.), asi/155807
|LW Barrett Co., Inc., asi/133000||The Icebox, asi/229395|
|CustomInk, LLC, asi/173408||Leashables by Oralabs, asi/66715||The Vernon Company, asi/351700|
|Dacasso, asi/48125||LogoVision, LLC, asi/255309||Tic Toc, asi/158990|
|Devara, asi/49470||MadeToOrder, Inc., asi/259540||
|eCompanyStore, asi/185782||Magna-Tel Inc., asi/68480||
Tri-Mountain/Mountain Gear Corp., asi/92125
|Gemline, asi/56070||MediaTree, asi/70303||Walker-Clay, Inc., asi/354530|
The survey is conducted by an independent firm, Quantum Market Research, Inc., which manages a comprehensive qualification program for industry companies nominated for the contest. Quantum surveyed staffers at each participating company to determine how employees rated their employer in 10 different areas, including “team effectiveness” and “trust in senior leaders.”
Final rankings among the top companies, including the number-one firm, will be announced in the September issue of Counselor, where ASI members can learn what ideas leading industry employers are putting into motion to increase staff retention, satisfaction, productivity, creativity and sales performance.
To advertise in the Best Places to Work issue, contact Ed Koehler, associate publisher, at [email protected]. Each surveyed company that advertises in the issue will receive a detailed report with survey results for that firm. To subscribe to Counselor, click here.
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