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There’s an “I” in Quit, but not in Team

About 2.8 million people quit their jobs in September, according to a report just released by the Labor Department. Apparently, Americans are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate since 2008.

Against trend, Concepts TV has a surprisingly low employee turnover rate. In fact, some employees have been here as long as 16 years.

When asked why Concepts was such a great place to work, common answers amongst the team included generous bonuses, the annual company retreat, working in a creative environment (such as a Victorian-style home), and the opportunity for growth and knowledge. The top answer, however, was the unique team atmosphere.

Here, the only star of the show is the product. Collette Liantonio runs Concepts as a theater troupe. We are required to check our egos at the door and roll up our sleeves and pitch in wherever needed. We wear many hats and pride ourselves on out-of-the-box creative collaborations; collaborations that can only be achieved by true teamwork.

Collette often chides her staff that she likes to hire “lifers”, but, in actuality, it’s rare to find a workplace that can sustain likeability and productivity. With over 3,000 spots produced, Concepts colleagues maintain a genuine report and mutual respect for one another. They attribute extensive team building for their successful comradery.

Liantonio invests in team building workshops and frequently orchestrates team building exercises for her staff. Outside the office, we get together for bowling nights, makeovers, happy hours, even rock climbing lessons. Every day, we eat lunch together as a family. Every opportunity, we support each other as friends. During Hurricane Sandy, for example, Frank Pulice offered to tarp my leaky roof. During hockey season, my son and I went to one of his hockey games and cheered his team to victory.

As a group, we really take the time to get to know one another, so we can work hard and play hard together. In fact, we can be quite silly, evident in this picture:

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Lauren Fahey is the queen of selfies, so we enclosed this group selfie in her birthday card last week. We took this picture the same day we mastered five spots. All in a day’s work at Concepts TV…

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