Improvement yields results

By Susan Shalhoub
Contributing Writer
Smithfield-based contract-manufacturer LFI Inc. finds value in the very act of filling out the survey for Providence Business News’ Best Places to Work issue. Just going through the process of reviewing and reassessing its employee benefits and perks provides insight the company can use to make the workplace better each year, said Chief Financial Officer Roland Benjamin. “We use it as a feedback loop on how we’re doing and review policies,” he said. “Our focus is ‘to help you make more,’ so we look at how can we continuously improve the employee experience.” More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



BEST PLACES TO WORK

Improvement yields results

COURTESY LFI INC. ALL TOGETHER NOW: LFI uses peer recognition – an employee feedback loop – to help increase workplace engagement and excellence.
By Susan Shalhoub
Contributing Writer
Posted 6/25/12

Smithfield-based contract-manufacturer LFI Inc. finds value in the very act of filling out the survey for Providence Business News’ Best Places to Work issue. Just going through the process of reviewing and reassessing its employee benefits and perks provides insight the company can use to make the workplace better each year, said Chief Financial Officer Roland Benjamin. “We use it as a feedback loop on how we’re doing and review policies,” he said. “Our focus is ‘to help you make more,’ so we look at how can we continuously improve the employee experience.”

“To help you make more” is the company’s motto. Whether it applies to its customers or its staff, it’s a guiding principle at this partner to some of the most successful aerospace and medical-device companies in the world.

Peer recognition is one of the many ways LFI creates a culture of workplace excellence. Co-workers give each other recognitions, which go on a central wall area. “It’s to thank each other,” said Jessica Mencunas, human resources director, “for whatever action that led to making something more simple for you, like helping somebody reduce time working on something.” New this year, the program has yielded about 70 recognitions.

The growing company is adding employee features as it goes, said Mencunas, such as a wellness program, an increasingly minimal waste stream, flexible work schedules when possible and green building practices, such as motion-sensored lights.

“We’ve always had an undertone of collaboration and helping each other out and genuinely caring – we are kind of building on that,” said Mencunas. •

No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Register today for the First Annual PBN Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Click here for more information, including the list of winners.
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News