Member Two Cents: As a Specialty Trade Subcontractor, What Is Your Company Doing to Celebrate the Holidays?

The holidays are approaching quickly! What are you doing in 2022 to celebrate your employees, clients, and vendors this year? We asked a few of our Specialty Trade CFMs and this is what they said.

Alex Lee, CCIFP , Treasurer, Roy T. Goodwin Contractors, Inc., Nashville, TN

Roy T. Goodwin Contractors, Inc. in Nashville, TN is a concrete and utility contractor that specializes in Municipal and Commercial curb and flatwork. They have been in business for over 50 years and have 100 employees.

“In September, we communicated to employees our planned company-wide holiday shut-down and voluntary workdays for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also communicated that our company-wide performance bonuses — traditionally paid out the week before Thanksgiving — will be at least as much as last year (we are big fans of Christmas Vacation and do not want Cousin Eddie to pay us a visit).

Each year, on the last day before Christmas shut-down, employees come in, perform any site safety inspections and adjustments for the holiday, then return to headquarters for fellowship, a catered meal that is specifically not holiday oriented (BBQ and ribs are the new favorites) and door prizes. Employees are also recognized for marriages, births, and any other special congratulations throughout the year. One of our newer traditions is a commemorative tree ornament for each employee to take home.”

Suzanne Provagna, CFO, Shaw Construction & Management Co., Livonia, MI

Shaw Construction & Management Co in Livonia, MI is a commercial & industrial construction & property management company. Unique to the industry, they have been in business for nearly 35 years and have 19 employees.

“For Thanksgiving, Shaw Construction gives each employee a fresh turkey from a family-owned farm in our city. We also give Thursday and Friday off, paid. Employees do not have to work the day before or after to receive the holiday pay.

Shaw throws a “Chrisnic” every December 23 for employees and their families, vendors, and tenants. The idea is for it to be a Christmas picnic. It is catered and has been well attended since it began decades ago. Bonuses are usually given out on this day as well.

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About the Author

Shawn Erickson

Shawn Erickson is CFO of C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co., a commercial plumbing and site utility contractor, in Alsip, IL.

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