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Opinion Employers take note — appreciate, take care of your staff

The holidays have come to an end and anyone in the ski industry is grateful for a successful two weeks. Working in the ski industry between December 19th and January 4th, this year was hectic to say the least.

It’s tough to work 10 plus days in a row at 10 ­to 12 hours a day in any field, especially when you are on your feet all day and working in the customer service industry.

What really helped this year’s holiday period was the appreciation that employees received from their superiors and the owner himself at Tahoe Dave’s Ski and Boards.

Dave Wilderotter did a killer job to let his staff know how much he appreciates them. Dave provided all of his shops with home cooked meals, snacks, cases of soda and water, and a variety of fruit by the dozen.

Boosting the employee’s immune system with vitamin C and nutrition through home-cooked meals helped keep everyone healthy and in good spirits.

This is the first year of these holiday weeks where my friends who work for Dave’s did not get sick at all. Not even the sniffles. Now that is impressive.

With working 60 plus hours a week, it was a huge perk to know there would be food provided each day. This saves employees money and time not having to think about meals for themselves.

Of course everyone will receive a larger than normal paycheck filled with overtime hours, and this is good, but what is great is the care Dave took for each and every employee at each of his shops.

I hope more employers realize the benefits of appreciating their staff, to keep a healthy happy crew with good morale, even when they are overworked. Home cooked meals and appreciation go a long way.

Susan Maisenbach


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