Employee happiness goal rewarded on bottom line

By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
At A Child’s University, keeping employees content and happy is a major company goal. More

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Employee happiness goal rewarded on bottom line

A MOTHER’S LOVE: Melanie Balczunas is the lead pre-kindergarten teacher at A Child’s University, where her son, Dylan, attends. PHOTO COURTESY A child’s university
By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
Posted 6/13/11

At A Child’s University, keeping employees content and happy is a major company goal.

“We have a very strong happiness policy,” said Lynsey Colgan, who founded the early education and day care center with her husband, Jay.

“We have no tolerance for gossip or negativity, and we encourage everyone here to be friends. We’re also very generous with time off, which means happiness at work and outside work,” she said.

That paid time off includes nine vacation days, 10 sick days, 14 holidays, and birthdays and half-birthdays as well – a total of 35 days throughout the year.

The company’s happiness campaign doesn’t end there. For every holiday or special event throughout the year, there’s a catered lunch with raffles for employees. Pizza is served at team meetings and training movies. The company does its best to ensure the staff is not burdened by overtime, and meetings and staff-only events are limited to work hours.

There are company workshops and seminars on time management, stress management and personal development. A masseuse visits the schools from time to time to offer free massages to all.

The company is family friendly as well, offering paternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The schools have breastfeeding rooms for mothers. All employees – whether full-time or part-time – are eligible for child care services. The company also offers flexible hours to accommodate employees’ family needs.

The company has an inclusive hiring policy. The Colgans also provide special equipment for disabled employees.

“I feel proud when parents tour our school and remark that our employees seem like a family,” Colgan said. •

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