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Paying it Forward

So, a lot of companies hold themselves up as great and certainly we all want to be great at what we do. We often price ourselves accordingly. But how they do fair when it comes to appreciating their employees?

So, I just had an enjoying weekend! I love DJ’ing weddings, of course, but when I noticed that my schedule was open for the first time all season, I enjoyed it! Of course, our company had events going on. Our photo booth team was at on of our preferred sposts, Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, rockin’ out another amazing event! My Saturday was spent offering up a service for a good friend. Let’s just say I put some music on for them, and enjoyed a beverage or two. I wasn’t getting paid, but offered a little free entertainment. However, this friend of mine, has been key into getting my business connected all around the city. It was the least I could do. I also enjoyed some much needed pool time one of my favorite spots and venue partner, the W Hotel Midtown Atlanta. What a fantastic spot!

Like I mentioned, my employees were busy rockin’ out the photo booth, while I was enjoying a night off! This goes to say, I appreciate them so much. So, first thing in the morning, I submitted their checks to payroll….i.e. me…and popped their checks in the mail. On some Mondays, I can’t get to it right away, but really should. My employees are the backbone of my business. If I don’t pay them first before anything else, what am I really saying about my company?

I worked for a company, where it was understood that pay checks were due on the following Monday. But, running the company got in the way of it. Morale began to fall. We would even receive a free lunch every once in a while as a consolation for having to wait all the way until Friday to get paid. It was a nice jester, but getting paid on time would have been a nicer one. So, now that I am running my own business, I have to be careful that I don’t fall into the same trap. Nothing is more important and no task is more important then taking care of the people that take care of you.

The lesson? When hiring a business for your special event, how do they treat their people? That question might be more important on how they treat you? It’s not just about the customer in this case. It’s how do they treat everyone! Is it in their corporate culture and DNA to make sure their employees are happy?

I’m not writing this to pat myself on the back for doing what I was supposed to do. Instead, I’m apologizing that I haven’t been doing this every single week. Amp’d Team, you all rock! Thank you for rockin’ out every single event!