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Using Employee Ownership to Build a More Equitable Future for Work

When the trash collectors of the 1930s (then known as “scavengers”) formed cooperatives to organize their work, they did so to meet an immediate and pressing need for better jobs. Their intervention in the labor market was a crisis response to market gaps. But they also laid out a vision and a set of principles

How Companies Survive And Thrive After The Founder Retires

We’re both planning to attend the annual conference of the National Center for Employee Ownership in Pittsburgh next week. The prospect got us thinking about employee stock ownership plans, or ESOPs, which are even now one of the most misunderstood and underutilized devices in an entrepreneur’s toolkit. Let’s review the bidding. At some point you will want

The Short Life of Enlightened Leadership (and How to Extend It)

As recently as the 1980s, many publicly traded U.S. corporations idealistically sought to spread their wealth among their employees. Generous benefits such as profit sharing, stock ownership, lifetime pensions, career-long training, and even job security were routine at such companies as AT&T, General Electric, Hallmark, J.C. Penney, Procter & Gamble, and Sears. But these practices mostly

What Can Nonprofits Learn from ESOPs?

The United States is in the midst of one of the largest intergenerational transitions in its history, as 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. While this “silver tsunami” has been written about extensively in terms of the healthcare industry, its economic impacts on the workforce, and the consequent need for affordable senior housing, the transition’s implications on business

Heath Ceramics made its employees into owners. Should you?

In 2015, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, co-owners of iconic California ceramics brand Heath, were looking ahead to the 15th anniversary of their tenure. Over the last decade, the couple had transformed the company from a struggling legacy brand into a thriving enterprise that recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Moreover, they had done it with a tightly held set

Making a Case (and Chairs, and Desks) for Employee Ownership

Employee-owned businesses tend to outperform their competitors, a growing body of research shows. According to the National Center of Employee Ownership, businesses with employee ownership models grow sales and employment at a faster rate than businesses without such programs. Employee-owned firms also perform better than their counterparts during recessions, per research from Georgetown University. For

Could Expanding Employee Ownership Be The Next Big Economy Policy?

TWO LIKELY DEMOCRATIC presidential contenders in 2020 have made quiet strides in recent years to bring into vogue a little-known policy that could reduce economic inequality — one that harnesses current law to expand workers’ ability to become owners in their place of employment. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have worked to advance legislation

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Can They Close the Wealth Gap?

Much has been written about the growing trend of income inequality in the US; we hear less often about the wealth divide, which is even more stark. While the top 10 percent of US households today own 51 percent of the country’s wealth, the bottom 50 percent own one percent. With no savings to fall back on, families

Employee Stock Plan Could Brew Up Productivity For Great Lakes

There’s a tradition at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company. Each day around 4 o’clock, employees gather in the brewpub for a complimentary “shift beer.” It’s a chance to celebrate the fruits of their labor. Soon though, the employees at the 30-year-old company will be getting a new perk, probably worth a lot more than a

Have You Thought About Your Business Succession Strategy?

Owners often wait until it's too late to consider various options, at which time the only answer might be selling the business to a third party, perhaps a .competitor or a private equity group. For some businesses, that last-minute strategy ends with success, but for many owners, that is not an acceptable or desired solution

A wealth-building tool often more coveted than a 401(k) plan by employees

There are nearly 7,000 employee stock-ownership plans in the U.S., holding assets of $1.7 trillion, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership. More small to mid-size companies and some start-ups are looking at ESOPs as yet another attractive benefit they can offer job candidates in industries with high turnover rates. The Main Street Employee

European start-ups call for stock option reform to help them compete with Silicon Valley

The bosses of 30 European start-ups have called on politicians to reform rules around employee stock ownership to help them attract more talent and compete with their Silicon Valley counterparts. Chief executives from firms including TransferWise, Stripe, PayPal-owned iZettle and recently listed Farfetch co-signed an open letterurging lawmakers in the continent make changes to existing regulations on

Three Things That Will Boost Employee Engagement

A grade of 15 percent isn’t close to passing in any classroom. If a wise teacher saw that figure, he would take swift action to understand the student’s problem. The same should hold true for both employees and employers when they hear global employee engagement rates are hovering at 15 percent , per Gallup’s research. Or that a

New Cleveland Fund Will Acquire Businesses and Sell Them Back to Workers

Tameka Thomas had returned to society after a five-year prison sentence, and a month after her release, she landed a job with Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland with help from a re-entry transition program. “I thought it was going to be really, really hard to find employment when I came home,” Tameka Thomas says. “I am so thankful

Film studio Aardman transfers to employee ownership

Bristol-based film studio Aardman, best-known for animations Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, has transferred into employee ownership. Founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord have transferred the majority of Aardman’s shares into an employee ownership trust, which will hold the shares on behalf of the employer’s 140-strong workforce. The aim is to ensure that Aardman remains independent

Get the Most Out of Employee Stock Options

Over the years, employee stock options have become an increasingly common way to recruit higher-ranking employees and give them a sense of ownership in a company. According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, the number of workers holding options has grown nine-fold since the late 1980s. Indeed, stock options, which give you the right

Employee Ownership

The world seems to agree that employee ownership is beneficial to business. Any idea that may unite the philosophy of Margaret Thatcher, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and academic researchers must be worth consideration. In the UK the idea has taken many forms. In addition to the confiscatory plans launched at the Labour Party Conference,

Employees become the owners at another St. Louis company

Jim Sramek, founder and CEO of Midwest Equipment Co., has transferred his ownership to the company's 72 employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP. Midwest Equipment is a commercial food service equipment distributor in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fenton, it operates four primary lines of business:

Companies With ESOPs Report Advantages for Business

The results of this year’s Economic Performance Survey (EPS) show that, once again, companies belonging to The ESOP Association have experienced positive corporate performance. Since the EPS was launched in 2000, the majority of responding companies have reported increases in profits for every year but two—2002 and 2010, which reflect the nationwide economic downturns in

Companies, Employees Share Benefits of Strong Performance

The results of this year's Economic Performance Survey (EPS) show that, once again, companies belonging to The ESOP Association have experienced positive corporate performance. Just as importantly, the EPS once again shows that when companies perform well, employee owners share in the rewards. This year, new data reveal a new facet of how ESOP (employee