For the past two decades, The Great Places to Work Institute has researched thousands of employees to compile their list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” which Fortune magazine publishes every year. They’ve found through their research that employees want to work at a place where there is trust between managers and employees, where they have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.
A flyer for Market Basket came to our attention the other day. It talked about how many of their employees had been there for more than 40 years. “That’s a company that’s doing something right,” Nancy, our business manager extraordinaire for the past 14 years, said.
And she’s right. If a company can be judged by the length of time its employees stay with them, we, too are doing something right.
Maybe that’s why John Suttie, one of our installers, has been installing shutters, shades and blinds for us for almost two decades, practically since the company started in 1989. And he’s not the only employee who has been here for much of his career. Tim Saunders, who runs our Wood Shop, and is also an installer, has been here for 17 years. Bill Morton, our sales guru, has been providing the ultimate customer service at Back Bay Shutter Company for 15 years. Greg Ryan, another one of our installers has been with us for more than a decade. Joe Irving, our head Finisher, has been a Back Bay Shutter Company employee since 2002, and Angelo Bastolla, another one of our finishers, has been with us for five years (and if you ask him, he says he’d like to be here for another 25!)
Our jobs take up the majority of our waking hours, so it’s good to love what you do and where you do it. A shout out to all the companies and employees who’ve been able to make work really work.
Back Bay Shutter Co. Passion at Work
Here are some photos of our perfectionists, also known as our craftsmen, at work in our shop creating shutters, shades, and shoji panels in various stages of production.