Special Culture Stories

by John L. Ward 

  • The oldest working employee just retired – at 102!  He worked for three generations of the Annixter family in Chicago. More than 50 years.  His presence and contributions were acclaimed.
  • A mid-sized family company in Thailand had to lay off 100 employees.  For each they provided some “micro finance” to help them consider a self-employed alternative.
  • A U.S. family company has a college scholarship fund for the children of employees.
  • Another set up an emergency loan fund for employees who face a crisis – major family health complications, house flooded out, etc.

Family firms are often very special places to work.

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