What’s Your Shop Have in Store for Christmas?

Holidays can be a great time to show your appreciation for what is arguably the most important resource for any business: people.

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Mark Kite (left) and Frank Bock (right), co-owners of Dura Mold. 

I didn’t get a chance to talk to Mark Kite, co-owner at Dura Mold, before the holidays, so I’m not sure what, if anything, he has in store for the Stevensvillle, Michigan mold manufacturer’s employees. But, I’d be willing to bet it’s something. After all, Kite has already told me a great deal about how much he appreciates the shop’s people (to the point where it’s impacted the shop’s approach to business). In fact, it’s common practice to provide employees with hams and turkeys for holiday celebrations, and to host potlucks at work as well.

Dura Mold isn’t the only shop we’ve covered that does such things. Seescan, a San Diego-area OEM with a captive mold shop that we covered in September, has a huge garden and orchard on site for use by the company’s employees. It also has an indoor aviary, and an unusual break room. This video report, produced by a local news station, offers more information. 

Of course, Seescan is an extreme example. Still, even the smallest gesture can go a long way toward boosting morale and ensuring people know how much they’re appreciated.

If your company does anything along these lines, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below or send me an email

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