The Secrets to Nei-Turner’s Success
While much of the current public debate about workplace benefits has centered around health care, Williams Bay, Wis.-based publisher Nei-Turner Media Group—which produces regional publications, such as At The Lake and Experience Milwaukee—proves that there are other, equally important aspects to a great workplace environment. Some may call them "intangibles," but there is nothing intangible about the difference the company's way of doing business has made in the career of Jamie Rhodes.
Rhodes, a project manager at Nei-Turner, joined the company three years ago as a sales assistant. A professed "born writer" who loves the craft of publishing, Rhodes made it clear early on that she hoped to move into writing and editing, and was quickly rewarded with an opportunity to take on new and greater responsibilities.
When an editorial position came up, "I literally went in there and said, 'I want this. Please don't give it to anyone else. You're not going to make a mistake with me,'" Rhodes says. "And so [they] did."
Rhodes appreciates the fact that her boss was both approachable and open to the idea that she should be given the chance to move into her dream job.
"I was able to say, 'This is my talent. Let me show you what I can do,'" she says.
It's an attitude promoted across the board at Nei-Turner, where employees feel they are valued and that decision-makers always are open to their ideas, says Publisher Barbara Krause.
"Our employees take ownership in the publications we produce," she says. "From [the] quality of the editorial and photography, to the customer service we offer, to the teamwork we embrace to get the job done, our employees are appreciated and receive recognition from their peers. We encourage each other, and we encourage new ideas. People stop in to see me all the time with a 'What do you think of this?' or 'I think this new project would be perfect for us!' If it makes sense financially and utilizes our talents, I'll try it."
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