“Best Contractor to Work For” Award
Local Contractor Receives Award
On January 31, 2007, Greg McAfee, President of McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning Co., Inc. was presented with the 2006 “Best Contractor to Work For” Award. The award was presented at the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (ACHR) Expo in Dallas. McAfee was one of 500 companies nominated.
According to The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) News, the Dayton, Ohio-area HVAC contractor was chosen as the winner of the “Best Contractor to Work For” contest for the North Central region not only because it is a great place to work, but also because it is a very giving place to work.
McAfee sponsors the McAfee Foundation for Children and Youth, which partners with the local Children’s Medical Center to help kids with breathing difficulties, i.e., asthma. One hundred percent of McAfee employees participate in the foundation. They do it because they see an owner who cares about people — which includes his own employees.
“While we have all grown quite accustomed to receiving, every employee of McAfee is encouraged to give back to our community as well as giving through payroll contributions,” said office manager Patty Heilman.
This spirit of community as well as a teamwork atmosphere in the workplace inspired McAfee employees to nominate their boss for this award.
As one employee said, “Our company is the best company to work for because every employee takes pride in knowing that we are recognized in the community, as well as by Greg McAfee, as leaders in the HVAC community.
“There is a sense of team spirit that can be felt as soon as you walk through our front door. We all work together to provide the very best service available.”
McAfee encourages employee innovation with monthly meetings that focus on leadership and creative ideas of how to improve everything from inter-office communitcation to marketing. He is a strong promoter of open communication with an open door policy. He also encourages—and invests in employee training opportunities.
In return for their commitment to self-improvement, McAfee provides a secure environment for his employees. He guarantees 30 hours of work each week regardless of whether the work is there or not. If there is a lack of work in one department, employees are cross-trained in another discipline to help out in a department where there is more work available.
When times get hectic, McAfee also has ways to prevent employee burnout. Employees get time off during the busy season to refresh and regroup.
“Special arrangements are made for us to have longer lunches with our spouses, as well as working around other appointments we may need to attend,” said service manager Chris Bryant. “Receiving friendly cards expressing appreciation and incentives are a tradition at McAfee.”
Speaking of Greg McAFee, Heilman said, “The one word I would use to describe him is integrity. I don’t have to worry about anything working for Greg.”
Parts of this release were taken directly from “Best Contractor is All About Giving Back” by John R. Hall, The Air conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration News. Jan 29, 2007. The article can be found here.