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GTE gets happy…

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logoTeaching management classes, you do tend to get some insight into local employers.  There’s good and bad, but occasionally there’s that story that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

One of my students that I’ve also had the pleasure of having in other classes works for GTE Financial.  Since I’ve known her, she’s only had positive things to say about her employer and future with the company.  But, last night she told me about the Happy Conference and I swear I got chills.

GTE’s CEO knows what’s up… As a banking holiday, they had an opportunity to gather all of their employees and celebrate happiness, quality of life and all that stuff that creates an ideal work environment. The employees were compensated for the day and treated to a host of engaging, quality speakers (including Zappos that we had just talked about in class), various discussions and other events.  They were encouraged to create a Twitter account and share the love with others.  The entire day was about connecting the employee to the importance of happiness and reinforcing its importance in the corporate culture there.  This was the real deal.

From what I heard, one lady that’s been with the company 50 years was asked what her favorite moment in life was. When she had advised it was a company trip to Hawaii that she had taken with her family many years ago, the company decided to thank her by sending them back, first class. What did it for me here was that my student says this lady just honestly doesn’t want to retire because she enjoys what she does there so much.  Hmmmm…

This Happy Conference ended with everyone getting an envelope with two $5 bills (and 2 GTE cards).  They were told to go pay it forward and distribute it however they wanted.

My student was legitimately excited to talk about this event and shared it with the class.

I’m switching banks.

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