Family-Friendly Workplace

Integritive’s own John Miles was featured in a recent WNC Parent Article titled “Family-Friendly workplaces go beyond typical policies” by Paul Clark

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Flexible work options? Paid family leave? Some businesses are more family friendly than others.

Some, especially small businesses run by parents, let employees bring their children to work on snow days. And some go as far as to reimburse parents for the costs   of adoptions.

Jodi Rhoden had to miss a lot of time at her business, Short Street Cakes in West Asheville, because of her son’s snow and sick days. The experience prompted her     to extend a benefit to other workers, giving them an hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked. The paid time off, which amounts to about a week’s worth of        work a year, can be used to take care of a sick child and is an unusual benefit for hourly workers in the food industry, Rhoden said. But Short Street Cakes already  pays its workers a certified living wage, so this furthers its appreciation of them, she said.

“If you’re losing hours because your child is sick, it’s hard on the family budget,” she said.

John Miles is CEO of Integritive, a website design and social media marketing agency in Asheville. But, more importantly, he’s a father. “Our business is 13 years  old, and our ethos over all is the family comes first,” he said.

One employee at Integritive works half a day from home during summer so as to tag-team child care duties with the spouse. The employee knows what’s expected, performance-wise, Miles said.

“There’s an ethos here that if your kid is sick or there’s a school event or performance, you can make up the time at another time,” Miles said. That may mean working at night or during part of a weekend but it’s better than disappointing your child, he said.

“From my perspective, if the family is happy and taken care of, people will be happier in the workplace, ” he said. “If your mindset is, I’m missing my kid’s lacrosse game, your work probably won’t be as high quality. I’ve seen families where work was first, and the look on the kids’ faces was one of neglect. You won’t get to your deathbed wishing you had worked more. You’ll wish you had spent more time with family. I want to have a clean slate.”

He leaves work early on Mondays to coach his son’s lacrosse team. He wouldn’t miss it for the world, he said. Workers at Integritive are invited to bring a child on whatever permutation of Bring Your Daughter to Work Day applies. It’s good for the child to see what his or her parent does all day, and it’s good for the parent to know that their child understands, Miles said.

“Generally, the little kids don’t last the whole day,” he said. “We’ve had kids make smoothies for everyone and answer the phone for an hour. It gives them a taste of what their parents’ lives are like.”

With 330 employees in the Carolinas, HomeTrust Bank doesn’t have family-friendly policies per se, but that’s because it is family friendly, said its employment specials Sara Phillips.

“The culture here is warm, kind and caring,” she said. “A lot of us have seen each other’s families expand and the children grow up through the years. That creates a special bond.”

Employees at HomeTrust may use paid time off to care for their children or parents. The bank pays for short- and long-term disability insurance for workers, which allows new mothers to have some income while they’re out with newborns. Through the North Carolina Bankers Association, it offers a scholarship program that helps children of employees attend college. Tuition reimbursement for its workers allows them to set good examples to their children that pursuing additional education is a valuable thing to do, Philips said.

“But more than anything, we provide employees with a safe, stable, happy environment where they can make a good living and leave at 5 p.m. to spend the rest of their time with their families. At 5 p.m., the work is done,” she said. “We celebrate each others family milestones and achievements. Just yesterday I got an invitation for an employee’s baby shower.”

Source: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/family/2014/04/12/family-friendly-workplaces-go-beyond-policy/7658437/


integritive’s Liz Polfus Nominated for “40 Under 40″

liz-polfusIt’s no surprise to us here at integritive that Liz Polfus was honored as one of Asheville’s 40 Under 40.  Liz manages our production department, which means she works closely with our team of designers, developers, and project managers to schedule and complete work on-time, in an accurate and intelligent way, and within the set budget. Liz came to integritive with a background in Fine Arts and a technical aptitude. Polfus thrived in our democratic workplace.  By allowing her flexibility in her professional reach, she quickly developed a more comprehensive understanding of the technical side of website and software building and has been able to put her creativity to good use when crafting solutions and problem-solving on behalf of our clients.

Honorees for the 40 Under 40 award were nominated via letters of recommendation. The award, sponsored by The Biltmore Beacon and the Young Professionals of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, honors professionals 39 years of age or younger, who live or work in the greater Asheville area (Buncombe County), are involved in their communities and show the potential to be a leader in the business community for years to come. Honorees are chosen based on their business success and their achievements as an active member of the community.  When asked how she felt to be honored as one of the “40 Under 40”, Liz replied, “Pretty great, actually.  My job is a lot of behind the scenes, down and dirty work in the trenches to get intelligent products out the door and into the world.  I’m a part of a team that gets things done and don’t often look up to see who’s watching, so it’s neat to be recognized.” Read the rest of this entry »


Integritive Receives Sky High Growth Award From Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

John Miles of Integritive accepting 2013 Sky High Growth Award








Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Integritive with its prestigious Sky High Growth Award for 2013. The Awards program and reception were held Thursday, April 11th at the Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort in Asheville.  Awards are given based on business growth, gross revenue and number of employees.

“It’s always a thrill to be recognized for successful business practices,” said John Miles founder and Chief of What’s Next.  “In truth, we focus on slow, intentional growth at Integritive. We believe in creating an environment that brings out the best in our employees and our client thus creating exceptional and intelligent web design.” John’s secret to successful business growth lie in offering more services than you charge for and delivering more than is expected.  He believes in hiring great people who are given the space to thrive and acquiring businesses with precision in order to encourage growth in a slow growth market.

Award recognition is not new to Miles and his team at Integritive.  In 2012 they earned a spot for the second year in a row on the 2012 WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces, alongside notable groups like Zappos.com, WD-40, New Belgium Brewery, and the Great Harvest Bread Company, integritive and CEO John Miles were recognized by the Asheville, NC Chamber of Commerce as an Entrepreneur of the Month, an Asheville 40 under Forty Honoree for 2012, and most recently, 2012 Small Business Leader of the Year (16 and over category).  John Miles founded his web design and eMarketing firm 11 years ago. “I started Integritive to create a job for myself where I would be happy, and hoped that one day the business would grow enough to where more people would be happy as well,” said Miles.


Asheville Chamber of Commerce Names John Miles Small Business Leader of the Year

We were thrilled to be there for John’s moment in the spotlight, last week at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Thursday, June 21, 2012, this video rolled as the packed room found out a little bit more about John Miles and his mission to love and have fun! We’re so proud of you, John!

John Miles, Asheville COC Small Business Leader of the Year 2012

Asheville Chamber Award: John Miles – Integritive from Amplified Media on Vimeo.


Congratulations to our very own John Miles, acknowledged for his efforts by local Chamber

The Chamber is pleased to recognize Entrepreneur of the Month John Miles of integritive for being a critical piece of building the entrepreneurial scene in Asheville.

“We have watched integritive continue to grow and thrive despite a difficult economy,” said Pam Lewis, the Chamber’s Director of Entrepreneurship. “We are proud to have John Miles firmly rooted in the Asheville community and helping build the bigger brand of creative talent in Asheville.”  Read full release here .