My thanks to my alumni, Watertown-Mayer School

My thanks to my alumni, Watertown-Mayer High School, for including me in their graduate’s of Watertown series. Also, gotta love the 80’s!

2021 Best Places to Work: Intertech racks up 15th BPTW award

Intertech landed on the Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2021. My thanks to our customers and employees for making us possible. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Intertech Inc., a 15-time Best Places to Work honoree, offers employees a sabbatical program, a flexible work-from-home policy, a signing bonus, and bonuses for referring employees and customers.For more about why this company is a BPTW, we asked CEO Tom Salonek:

What new policies or benefits did you introduce because of the pandemic that you will make or have made permanent? For over a decade, we’ve had a flexible work-from-home policy. With the pandemic, it was a simple transition to have employees work 100% from home. As we look at a return to work this fall, we expect a healthy amount of employees will continue to spend some or all of their time working from home.

What are some popular benefits you offer? Our sabbatical, where employees get three months off for every seven years of service, is very popular. We also offer a signing bonus for employees to outfit their home office, so they are as effective at home as at work.

How have you maintained your award-winning workplace culture this past year, especially if you have been primarily working remotely? Between our weekly newsletter, monthly all-company meetings and daily standups, we’ve worked to stay connected while apart.

Did the pandemic change your definition of what makes a great workplace? Going into the pandemic, we gave people autonomy, flexible work from home policy, and work-life balance. Those continue to be important in making a workplace great.

Why should your employees consider your organization a Best Place to Work? Intertech hires one out of every 20 technical candidates, and technical staff appreciates working with the best on challenging projects.

Intertech Inc.

Category: Small

Rank: 16

Score: 93.0488

Repeat wins: 15-time winner

Top Minnesota executive: Tom Salonek

Minnesota employees: 48

Business: Software consulting and training firm

City: Eagan


What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #AttitudeCommitmentExcellence

Minnesota 500

My thanks to Minnesota Magazine for including me on the list of the Minnesota 500. Below is the profile from the magazine:

It’s That Time of Year; Time to Plan for Next Year

Every fall, we gather at an annual offsite meeting to set goals, no more than three per year, for the upcoming year. We also include time for socializing with each other (though, this year, it’s all remote meetings and a virtual happy hour).

Not only does it give us a clear focus for the next 12 months, but it also reminds us of why we are choosing to build a business together.

Here are the guidelines we follow:

  • Limit goals to no more than three, with one identified as the top goal.
  • Make goals measurable so you know when your goals have been met.
  • Assign ultimate responsibility for each goal to someone with the proper authority.
  • Have frequent updates to “shine a light” on progress toward each goal.
  • Create a theme that ties everyone in the company to the top goal for the year.
  • Hold quarterly meetings to review what’s been done and what’s next.

Here’s the low-down how we run our Strategic Planning two-day offsite.