Each month, the Lake Norman Chamber will recognize a Chamber member who has reached a memorable milestone for their business. The first in our series is The Welcome Committee.
As the Welcome Committee quietly celebrates its 16 year business anniversary this month, it celebrates another milestone as a "Best Place to Work" for the seventh consecutive year in the Charlotte Business Journal's annual look at the region's top employers. Welcome Committee ranked #4 out of 39 finalists in 2013 in the small business category (10-49 employees) in the 16-county Charlotte region for having happy and engaged employees. The results are based on employee surveys that were conducted and evaluated by Quantum Workplace.
So why are the Welcome Committee Greeters so happy and engaged in their work? "For one, we believe in our mission; helping newcomers establish relationships in their new community," says Suzanne Meyer, founder of Welcome Committee. "Moving is ranked as the third most stressful experience in a person's life (after death and divorce). It is a pleasure to help connect new residents with local business and professional services, saving them valuable time and resources and setting a positive, welcoming impression of Lake Norman. Additionally, the influx of newcomers helps keep revenues local as Welcome Committee encourages them to shop locally, and the businesses sure appreciate our efforts."
As its community service, the Welcome Committee promotes civic, community and non-profits pro bono! Lastly, Welcome Committee staff is in control of their own work / life schedule. Flexibility is the key to low employee turnover and having happy and engaged employees. "This is evident in our level of service, our commitment and dedication to our sponsors and to each other. We love what we do every day and are honored and humbled to serve and make a difference in our community," adds Meyer.