When anyone gets a bonus in their check when they have worked at a job for a while it’s always a good to know that they value your efforts to the point that they are going to give you a little something extra.
Sometimes, it is something on a corporate level that is written into someone’s working agreement that you are going to get one as a surprise.
While some companies look at their employees as cogs in a machine that can be replaced as quickly as an actual cog in an actual machine there are people that look at their employees as valuable people that simply cannot be replaced and they want to let them know exactly how much they are appreciated.
Ludington-based FloraCraft’s owner and Chairman Lee Schoenherr announced almost $4 million in holiday bonuses during lunch on December 14.
“This idea has developed over the past year and is my way of saying ‘Thank you’ to our team for the role they have had in our success,” Schoenherr said in a statement. “My wife, Joan, and I are blessed in so many ways. We want to share these blessings with the men and women whose energy, passion and loyalty inspire us every day.”
According to Michigan Live, “FloraCraft is the world’s leading manufacturer of foam products for the craft and floral industries,” and are distributed through national retailers that include Walmart, Amazon, Michaels, JOANN, and Hobby Lobby.
The bonuses are not an indication that Schoenherr plans to sell or retire, he assured employees. Rather, the money is meant as recognition of the work each employee has done to help in “building a world-class company in Ludington.” The gifts combine 401k contributions and cash bonuses, and will exceed $60,000 for employees who have been with the company for over 40 years.
“It was very humbling,” said FloraCraft assistant production supervisor Mary Overla. “I started crying – it was huge for him to do something like that for everybody.” FloraCraft’s loyal employees average about 9 years with the company, and some are second or third-generation workers, stretching back to the company’s founding in 1946.