In 2012, about 30 members of Allen & Gerritsen’s management team took part in the program, with a kick-off event at the Seaport Hotel’s test kitchen, where company leaders learned to work more closely together by cooking — and eating — a three-course meal.
Spending about $500,000 a year on various training programs, Allen & Gerritsen offers other development opportunities to employees, from website design courses to one-on-one mentoring sessions between employees.
Some of the sessions are conducted in-house; other times employees attend programs offered by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce or courses at local universities.
“I want people to love working here and feel that being here is the best career move they could have made,” Graff said. “It all goes to the fact that we’re a creative company and not a conformist company. “
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