Employee Ownership Foundation

Charting Your Own Future

"We understand that a well managed employee-owned company is not a destination, it is a journey..."

- J. Michael Keeling,
President of The ESOP Association


The Importance of Employee Ownership

To better understand the work the Foundation is doing to help spread the message of employee ownership watch the following videos:

Employee Ownership Foundation 2016 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show Discussion

Employee Ownership Foundation as showcased at the Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show

Those who have experienced firsthand the power of employee ownership believe whole-heartedly that economic growth, employee well-being and dignity, and success of the business enterprise are common characteristics of employee-owned companies.

There is nothing magic about employee ownership. Employee ownership does not guarantee success, nor prevent or cure business problems. But it does stand to reason, and experience and research have shown, that employee owners have a different attitude about their company, their job, and their responsibilities that makes them work more effectively, and increases the likelihood that their company will be successful. Fundamentally, employee owners are more accountable for their job performance and their fellow workers' job performance simply because they have a common stake in the success of their company. It's a simple formula: if employees perform extraordinarily well company performance is more likely to be extraordinary, and that translates into high stock value for the employees. Someone once said, ownership is a powerful incentive for ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

But not everyone is aware of this power. Even some employee owned companies have not realized the full potential of employee ownership. This is not a matter of employees just owning stock but rather employee ownership at work.

Stockholders alone do not build companies – employees build companies and employee owners build great companies.


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