Archive for February 19th, 2008

by Jamee Greer 

As if there wasn’t already enough on the internet to distract me from schoolwork, Missoula’s blogosphere is kinda stepping on the gas with fresh startups lately. It couldn’t be happening at a better time, as my friend Audra has helped structure my procrastination by introducing me to Google Reader, keeping each of my daily hits nice and organized.

Sean Morrison, a fellow member of Students for Economic and Social Justice and ASUM Senator, has begun posting regularly on student concerns at his own blog.

DJ Erol-E, who just spun for the inaugural after hours party at Missoula’s greatest barcomplex, is posting on the Missoula and Bozeman music scenes at Audio Blasphemy.

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by Jay Stevens

Kudos to Brian Morgan and Adventure Life Journeys for winning the “inaugural Employer of Choice” award, decided by the Missoula Job Service Employer’s Council.

Deborah Gass, a business consultant at the Missoula Job Service, said the company was selected for its range of hiring and retention practices.

Adventure Life offers flex time, discounted gym memberships, annual travel stipends, health insurance and continuing education. Some of the company’s other benefits include a meeting space for employees interested in learning Spanish and allowing parents to bring newborns to the office for several months.

Compare that to, say, Wal-Mart, which often pressures hourly employees (earning poverty wages) to work off the clock, miss breaks and meals, and has been known to stiff them of overtime pay. The company offers its employees health care packages that are too expensive, and with arbitrarily long waiting times before employees can enroll. In short, Wal-Mart enrolls fewer employees in its health care plans, and spends less money per employee, than most other large companies.

Morgan and Adventure Life ably demonstrate that Wal-Mart’s policies are entirely by choice, not by necessity. Hats off, again, to Mr. Morgan and the staff at Adventure Life, who demonstrate that it ain’t all about the money, that sometimes good business decisions are those that also benefit employees and the community.




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