The reason I enjoy working for my current company: my boss.Gotta love somebody that takes care of their people.
Me, calling in while working from home: "hey... I've got a cold and I'm nauseous, I'm gonna log off work and work tomorrow instead (because I had booked Friday off)."
Boss (who is a pharmacist): "ok, you're going to log off, take some Motrin and nasal decongestant, and go take a nap, that's all that's likely to help! Also, you're not working tomorrow, we offer sick days for a reason. Take a sick day! Take a day off! We'll see you on Monday!"
... Bosses like this, I seriously don't mind working for.
"Take care of your people and your people will take care of you."
- Every leadership training course/seminar/instructor ever
He's amazing. He expects 50s-level loyalty from his employees, but he gives back more than he expects. Real-life examples: my kid is sick for a week, I have 3 sick days left. No problem, he says! Kids get sick, family is important! We've got a busy period in 2 months, make up the overtime them, we'll pay you now! He specifically sits down with all employees to make sure that they have vacation with their spouses and kids, and tries to split up the more desirable times (July, say...) equitably. And makes sure that everyone uses up their (very generous) vacation, every year. He pays living wages... like, our receptionist is buying a house. As a single mom. And on her salary, that's actually feasible where we live.
Two times in the past 10 years, business has been slow enough that he had to put everyone on 80% salary (and working 4 days per week, obv). Before that happened (and this is NOT common knowledge), he basically floated money back into the company to ensure that paycheques would go through, and then didn't take a salary himself for a few months, because he felt that owners should get paid last.
In any other company, a 20% pay cut due to lack of work would have a few people leaving, or interviewing elsewhere, or looking to leave, right? Not one. Either time. Not one single person even mentioned the vague possibility of looking elsewhere. And these are all professionals in a very in-demand field who could have found another job within a week.