The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) updates an Employee Ownership 100 list each year – recognizing the nation’s largest companies that are at least 50% owned by an ESOP or other broad-based employee ownership plan. WSC is the 26th largest employee-owned company in the United States.
WSC recognizes that social networking platforms can be powerful digital communication tools for sharing ideas and exchanging information. We are committed to using social media to promote its brand and maintain communications with current and prospective employees, customers, business partners, vendors and suppliers, and the general public. WSC is focused on ensuring that its use of social network platforms serve its need to maintain its brand identity, integrity, and reputation while minimizing risks to the company, its customers, and employees. Employees who post to social media should be mindful that their online activities do not violate our social media policy.
WSC uses LinkedIn to share updates about our family of companies to employees, clients and the community. By the end of 2022, 1,698 people followed the company page, a 62% increase from 2021. Throughout the year, the WSC LinkedIn page posted 68 times and garnered 90,126 impressions, 27,266 engagements, 24,451 post link clicks, and averaged a 30.3% engagement rate.
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Employees in our family of companies author and submit articles to industry publications throughout the year, such as the Utility Arborist Association’s Utility Arborist Newsline. WSC has an internal editorial committee who brainstorm topics and determine subject matter experts to write articles.
In addition, many employees are active members of industry and professional organizations. We encourage our employees to get involved in the industries and communities we serve, and it is also a requirement for our LEAD Program participants. These groups will be highlighted in individual company reports.
WSC’s Contract Administration Manager serves on the board of the Iowa/Nebraska Chapter of The ESOP Association.
Policies such as Supplier Code of Conduct and Supplier Diversity Policy that our suppliers or service providers are required to follow were finalized. We seek out those that share our vision and follow a similar mission to reach our goals. We strive to work with local providers in our community. We understand that those we choose to work with will uphold our reputation in the community and with our current and future clients.
We continue to utilize the 13 TV screens throughout the building. The Culture Club and departments have the opportunity to create their own screens for approval to inform employees of company or department news, events, reminders and important dates in history. These have also included progress on the compost and recycling program, EAP information, and days or months of recognition with educational information like Black History Month and Women’s History Month and more. It is an additional way to communicate with employees beyond email communications.