Local business stresses work-life balance

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – Most company benefits usually include health care, dental and supplies for your des, but funeral directors life insurance company goes beyond a yearly check-up and and a working stapler.

Terry Groban, executive vice president of the company, can attest to all of the different amenities in addition to higher wages.

“We have monthly employee luncheons,” Groban said. “We have book studies. We have flexibility in work schedule. We have an in house clinic with our own nurse practitioner and we have a work-out facility and we have a director of fitness who oversees that department.”

Groban, who has worked for the company for over 20 years, said her previous job did not compare.

“We try to provide the best technology possibly to our employees, looking for ways to streamline their positions, make them more efficient, those types of things,” Groban said.  “And, I just really didn’t experience that before I came to work here.”

She says employees’ happiness is a main company objective.

“We’re sort of a family type environment here. We have lots of fun together.”

That kind of happiness is evolving to a necessity, according to Kent Sharp of the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA).

“We have some companies here in town that have a really high turnover, and I know those companies are having to look internally and saying, ‘What can we do better?'” Sharp said. 

Sharp said although not every company can meet every need, higher wages are a goal that should be met by every employer.

“I mean you want to have a quality of life. You know you want to be able to enjoy things and not just get by.”

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