Hand Held Products named great company to work for

Society names HHP as one of the 50 best places to work.

Hand Held Products, a leader in image-based data collection technology, has been named one of the 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute. Included on the list for the first time, Hand Held Products ranked 25th. Rankings were announced Monday June 25 at the Society for Human Resource Management's 59th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas.

Hand Held Products introduced Worklife Improvement Teams (WIT) in the 1990s to improve the quality of its products.

While WIT continues to be about improving product quality, the focus has shifted to creating a positive working environment for employees. Through WIT, employees are empowered to identify and implement things that make Hand Held Products a great place to work. This includes achieving balance between work and home life; ensuring employees are recognized for a job well done; having fun; and communicating things that are of interest to employees.

"When I called to inquire about our employees' survey response," said Bob Nethercott, HR Special Projects and WIT manager. "The woman on the telephone laughed. When I asked further she said we were the only company that had a 90 percent response."

In the rankings, employee input is not only encouraged, but a necessary element for the process. Nethercott and Kevin Jost, President and CEO, Hand Held Products, applauded the entire company for their efforts.

Proud to be named

The annual list, now in its fourth year, ranks the top 25 small and top 25 medium-sized companies in America that use smart people management strategies to develop successful organizations with highly productive and satisfied workforces. Organizations range in size from 50 to 999 employees. Each company evaluated was given a score based on employees' responses to a detailed questionnaire about the organizations' workplace cultures.

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