Someone to Rely On
According to the Small Business Administration, more than 99% of America’s employers are small businesses (1-500 employees).
But for small business owners like Steve and Shar Stacy, attracting and keeping good employees can be tough. So when they launched their own roofing business in 2001, they knew they’d need to take great care of their employees to combat the high turnover rate often associated with labor jobs.
Steve Stacy Roofing in Blue Ridge, GA, employs 8-10 workers, many of whom have young families. The Stacys had tried providing insurance benefits in the past, but had trouble finding a reliable, accessible Representative. That all changed when WoodmenLife Representative Richard York approached the Stacys about WoodmenLife@Work.
“I knew their business would be a great fit for the WoodmenLife@Work program,” York said. “From the beginning, they were very interested in helping their employees any way they could.” York helped the Stacys provide Roth IRA and Life Insurance options for their employees.
Offering these benefits cost the Stacys no additional fees or charges, and York worked with the company’s payroll vendor to set up payroll deduction. “He made sure it was a smooth transition for us,” Shar said.
Steve Stacy Roofing employees now have affordable access to both life insurance and retirement options. “Many have also purchased coverage for their children,” Shar said. “It’s been a good fit for them.”
The employees have been appreciative, because such benefits are rare in the roofing industry. “A lot of them had never had these kinds of benefits as options,” Shar said. “Richard showed them how affordable it was to cover themselves and their families.”
“This business is hard work, and it’s hard to keep good employees,” Shar said. “Those who are looking for benefits are the kind of employees who want make a career out of it. Now that we can offer these options, it’s making them want to stay.”
For America’s millions of small businesses, providing benefits can be difficult and costly. WoodmenLife@Work is a voluntary program that gives business owners a viable way to attract and keep quality employees. If you own or work for a small business, contact your local Representative to learn more about how WoodmenLife@Work can help both the business and its employees.