The co-owner of Bertch Cabinets, a cabinet manufacturer in Iowa, is rewarding his employees with a free cruise through the Caribbean.
I don’t even want to think about how much this entire thing costs, but these employees are obviously awesome enough to justify the cost. This year they had met the company’s previously announced quality and financial goals, which means they get their free trip. This is the first time since 2005 that this has happened due to the recession.
About 600 of the 800+ employees have decided to go on the cruise which boards in Miami and sails through the Caribbean for five days. Oh, and as if this guy isn’t already the world’s best boss/greatest guy/probably an amazing father, he’s also allowing employees going on the cruise to take their spouses…for free.
What about the other 200+ employees that decided not to go on the cruise? Do they lose out? NOPE. They get the week off as well as a $900 cash bonus.
“We gave people the option of the cash bonus or the vacation,” the company president told ABC News. “We’d love to have everyone come on vacation with us, but know it isn’t possible for all for personal reasons, so we wanted to have that alternative available to them.”
Employee Tony Means told ABC News that he is looking forward to “getting out of the cold weather” and going on cruise-led excursions such as snorkeling and swimming with dolphins.
“I work right across the hallway from our vice president, Becky Bertch, and 20 feet away from Gary Bertch, and I can tell you that they have an open-door policy, and they always welcome anyone to come in and speak to them any time without a meeting or appointment,” he said.
“We all get along pretty well here,” Means said. “It’s like one big family.”