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Ollis/Akers/Arney: Employee-Ownership Engages Staff

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Being a part of an employee-owned company can be very appealing, even to some who believe themselves to be comfortable or satisfied in their current position. “We are employee owned, so everyone has a financial stake in the success of our company,” says Richard Ollis.

And Ollis is growing, which gives everyone a bigger stake. “The growth trajectory we are currently experiencing is creating opportunities for both existing staff and new members to our team,” says Ollis. “Because of this, we are very purposeful about our rights and responsibilities as owners.”

These responsibilities include:

  • building trust
  • customer focus
  • communication
  • continuous learning
  • engagement readiness
  • time management
  • adaptability
  • business acumen
  • strategic decision making
  • driving for results

“We use these competencies to constantly reinforce our culture. We involve our staff in many decisions and expect their candid feedback and participation,” says Ollis.

At Ollis Akers Arney, elements of employee-ownership include quarterly and annual meetings where the overall performance and direction of the company is openly shared. “High performers appreciate financial transparency and being a part of strategic goal setting for the entire organization,” says Ollis.

At Ollis Akers Arney, community involvement is encouraged and expected. “With close to 60 employees, we have a wide range and diverse group of community interests and projects,” says Ollis. “Our employee-owners are involved in dozens of non-profit and community initiatives and are encouraged to not only volunteer but to serve in both committee and leadership positions.”

Promotion from within and the fluidity available through role transition keeps the staff motivated and engaged. “It is a great time to be an Ollis/Akers/Arney employee-owner!”

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