Back in the year 2000, when Catalogs.com was just beginning to really take off, we had a bubbly, spirited and extremely funny sales rep working for us. She was fabulous … closed numerous accounts with her personality and incredible tenacity, and then tragedy struck. She was diagnosed with a disease that required surgeries, hospitalization and lots of medical expense. Back then; Catalogs.com wasn’t large enough, so we offered no health insurance and no benefits. She was forced to resign.
And then today, out of nowhere, 6 YEARS later, she responds to an employment ad we recently posted. Within minutes, I picked up the phone, had her in our office that afternoon, and re-hired her. My gut is still aching (it’s midnight as I blog away) from laughing with her during our interview today.
The funniest part was when she remembered the entire “scoop” on past and current employees. She holds nothing back, and reminded us about the crazy wives some employees had, the men wearing pony-tails who had no teeth, the drum rolling band player who never stopped beating on his desk with pencils, etc. etc. etc.
You know what makes me proud is knowing that through our growth, Catalogs.com now is a thriving, successful business . . . able to offer health insurance and even a 401K to our employees. It’s scary knowing that so many peoples lives depend on the success of something my husband and I started years ago, yet, at the same time, it is a most rewarding feeling knowing that through our tireless hours and work, we are providing for many, many families. Entrepreneurs should take heed … if you don’t put your employees livelihood and families first, you won’t have a solid company.
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