Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Great Little Box Company, The was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- GLBC offers its employees a unique head office work environment featuring an onsite fitness facility with numerous fitness programs (from hiking to yoga) and personal trainer services, an outdoor sand volleyball court and a company dock for employees wishing to paddle their way to work -- the location also features an onsite vegetable garden and outdoor gazebo
- GLBC celebrates the achievement of its annual profitability target through the "Big Outrageous Xtravaganza" (or BOX goal) initiative -- the longstanding program sends all employees on an all-expenses-paid vacation to a sunny destination such as Mexico or Las Vegas
- Along with a generous profit-sharing plan available to all employees, GLBC helps its employees plan for the longer term with retirement planning assistance and matching RSP contributions
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Great Little Box Company, The was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- Along with a dock for paddling commuters, GLBC offers reserved parking for long-serving employees, carpoolers and hybrid auto drivers -- there is also a car wash bay with washing supplies, air hose, industrial power washer and carpet cleaner for all to use
- GLBC encourages employees to keep fit with free memberships to an onsite fitness centre with weekly classes and personal trainer services available, as well as an outdoor sand volleyball and basketball court
- Every month, GLBC presents two top-performing employees with the "Award of Excellence", which includes a $500 donation to the charity of their choice -- the company also encourages employee volunteerism with paid time off to volunteer and matching charitable donations made by employees
Uncontained enjoyment at Great Little Box Company
Think of it as fun in a box. At the Great Little Box Company in Richmond, B.C., employees take their work seriously, but they also have a lot of serious fun.
Last year, for instance, the entire team went to San José del Cabo in Mexico for a resort weekend, because the company hit its profit target. This year they'll go to Las Vegas. And given how many events they have at home, you'd be forgiven for wondering if they get any work done at all.
"We do a lot of recognition programs to show employees that we care," says President Brad Tindall, the son-in-law of founder and CEO Robert Meggy. "We have a very active social committee and a lot of events every year. One of the barometers my father-in-law has always used is that if employees are attending social events, they'll probably be with you a long while. So we put on a variety of events to get people socializing and spending time away from 'just the job'."
Examples? A chartered fishing trip on the Fraser River. Ice cream days in the summer. A family picnic at the water park. Bowling. Curling. Archery tag. "We do a day every year where people bring their dogs to work," says Tindall.
But wait, there's more. A golf tournament. Appropriate food for lunch during cultural holidays, such as Lunar New Year. Flags on the wall for every nationality represented in the workforce, currently 37. There is also a wellness program and a 24/7 on-site gym. "We try to make people feel they're not just coming to work every day," says Tindall.
The work they do involves making a wide range of custom and stock boxes, displays and labels in a 250,000-square-foot plant, aimed at business customers in B.C., Alberta, and Washington state. Meggy bought the company out of receivership in 1982 and with his wife Margaret built it into a multi-million-dollar firm with five major product lines and a very loyal workforce. "We still have employees No. 2, 3 and 5," says Tindall.
Although it's a private family company, most employees can tell you how much it's making. "Every month we share financial statements and revenue projections with our employees, and we give back 15 per cent of the profit equally to them," says Tindall. "We try to encourage an ownership mentality. It goes right down to the people on the floor who are running the machines or moving product around on a forklift."
But wait, there's more. At every monthly meeting, two peer-nominated employees receive an Award of Excellence of $500 to donate to a charity of choice. For couples, there is a gift voucher on every fifth anniversary to take their partner to dinner.
And then there's the "bucket list" event held last year, when, after several rounds of voting on people's written dreams, two employees were given $5,000 each and an extra week of vacation to make their dream come true. One went to the Philippines to surprise Mom on her 80th birthday, while the other acquired expensive graphics software for a side business.
Carrie Dawson has watched the Meggy family's company grow for 18 years, starting in payroll and now as Customer Solutions Coordinator, Paperboard Division. "The atmosphere is wonderful here," she says. "We work really hard, and we're rewarded for that."
She enjoys the trips, the profit-sharing and the events, but "it's also the day-to-day stuff." On Valentine's Day, she says, "you can't imagine how many treats there were here, and Bob Meggy brought around flowers for all the ladies."
As a single mom in recent years, she remembers being able to bring her young daughter to work when necessary. "It's lovely to work for a company that supports work life and home life," she says. "We've grown a lot but we still have a small-business culture. There is so much love and affection."