Chris Hamilton article in the Globe and Mail “The case for basing your company in a small community” Key Highlights employee retention at Mars employees on average, our associates stay with us for nine years.
The lower cost of land in small communities also makes it more feasible to offer extra benefits within the workplace. In Bolton, for example, Mars offers free parking, an on-site cafeteria, a gym and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts. Locations in small communities can even have natural perks. Our Guelph site is home to an acreage of maple trees that is tapped and the sap is used to make the maple syrup we bottle for associates and guests. These small things all go a long way toward improving our associates’ quality of life and retention.
Establishing an office in Mid-Vancouver Island offers similar opportunities.