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Best Companies to Work for: 24. Hammond Lumber Company

Published Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Author Matthew J. Mowry

Best Companies to Work for: 24. Hammond Lumber Company

Top Employee Engagement Survey Measures: My manager respects my work-life balance: 98% agree

My manager is interested in my well- being: 98% agree

President & CEO: Mike Hammond

Years in Business: 70 (1 in NH)

Full-time Employees:  845 (43 in NH)

Years on List: 1

Despite Hammond Lumber’s employees being spread across 22 locations in Maine and NH, the company finds ways to keep them connected. Its Employee Engagement Committee has representatives from every branch and has developed several ways to engage their co-workers including, Season of Thanks—a series of surprises for all employees, including $1,000 appreciation bonuses, $75 Hannaford gift cards, $75 company apparel gift cards and catered employee appreciation breakfasts and lunches.

Other ideas from the committee include the parental leave program, summer ice cream truck visits, themed dress-down days, and team-building events such as a plane pull, a hockey tournament and cornhole tournament.

The company created a Hammond Lumber News Chips Facebook page, a private group for employees to connect. Hammond conducts multiple fundraisers with employees voting on where to direct those donations.

Hammond Lumber gives discretionary bonuses to all employees in June and December, issuing the largest raises in its history last year—two 5% across-the-board raises for all employees. The company invites family members to celebrate milestone anniversaries, providing $1,000 for 25 years of service up to $20,000 for 50 years.

Employees are eligible to receive a $500 credit toward their health insurance costs when they complete preventive exams. They also have access to mental health tools, a health coach and lessons on sleep and stress. Hammond makes contributions to a Health Reimbursement Account ($800 annually for individual coverage and $1,600 annually for all other coverage levels). 

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