Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s good news story comes from the Good News Network. Here it is in its entirety.

Landscape Company Gives Employees $28 Million in Appreciation Bonuses for Job Well Done

Ruppert Landscape

End-of-year bonuses are always a welcomed sight, but these smiles bear witness to an extraordinary act of corporate generosity.

Ruppert Landscaping gave bonuses of between $7,000 to $200,000 to all employees with a tenure of over one year “as a thanks for the role they’ve played in the company’s growth and development.”

A total of 1,200 workers, excluding those in top leadership positions, received the enormous thank you presents which added up to be $28 million.

“Everyone receiving this bonus was instrumental in helping create the value that we’ve been able to realize,” said CEO Craig Ruppert. “This bonus is money that is well-deserved and a way for us to acknowledge the value of our teams’ contributions and the essential role that they will play in our company’s future.”

Residential lawns turned into developments, parks, and corporate campuses, while the focus on hustle and efficiency expanded to include horticultural knowledge and technical specialization. Today, the company serves commercial clients in over nine states from 30 locations and continues its tradition of charitable giving at the local level.

The good news here is a company recognizes the contributions of its employees. Today’s JohnKu talks about recognition. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thankful by John W. Howell © 2023

A company thinks,

Employees equal success. . .

Would love to work there.

125 comments

  1. Good for companies like this AND good for the employees, because they most certainly deserve it.

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    1. I think if more companies thought this way productivity would go through the roof. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Two things occurred to me. One, I am with you, companies too often keep to a bottom line philosophy which can actually be limiting. Two, I think I know the woman in the pic! LOL.

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      2. I thought the same about the woman. 🤣 Thanks, Marc

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      3. Hmmm. LOL.

        I had to go back and check to see because the person in question wouldn’t be so young but damn if that wasn’t a carbon copy!

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      4. I did the same thing. (Is there something wrong with us?)

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      5. Yes, yes there is. LOL

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      6. Oh good. I’m glad you confirmed it.

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      7. Hey, it’s too late to turn back now Butch Cassidy . . .

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  2. That is an amazing thing. How often companies make their millions, hand over the bonuses to the top brass while the workers who really make it happen are left in the dust. This is just so fantastic on every level John.
    Are any positions open?
    Wonderful JohnKu and happy Friday!

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    1. I’m with you. I’ll mow lawns or whatever. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Set the boardroom table? Whatever, I’m in!!

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      2. Sharpen the pencils and fetch the joe. I’ll do that too.

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      3. Yes, yes, absolutely!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing m post, Michael.

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  3. Fantastic news. Also would work there. 😉 Thanks for sharing, John! Enjoy a nice day, and a wonderful weekend! xx Michael

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    1. Enjoy your Friday and weekend as well, Michael.

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      1. Thanks, John! xx Michael 🙂

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    2. My pleasure, John! xx Michael

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  4. Wow, how incredible. I’m with Dale…nice to see a successful boss recognizing those who helped make his business thrive.

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    1. It is, Lori. Notice he started the company by working with his hands. Many lessons here. 😁

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  5. That’s what I’m talking about!

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  6. This is amazing! We need more of this! Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. Yes we do. I read on another blog that you are retired. Congratulations.

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  7. How wonderful! We rarely read stories of management caring for their employees this way. Thank you—another example of the GOOD in our beautiful world. 🎄✨🎄

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    1. You said it perfectly, Gwen. 🎅🏻

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  8. This is incredible!! CEO Rupert really has the spirit!!

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    1. He does. He is a great motivator too.

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  9. This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Too many of us are viewed as fungible goods, and treated that way.

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    1. Would be nice for be turned into a NFE (non fungible employee). Thanks, Craig

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  10. I love reading these, especially at the end of a long, hard week. Great news. Have a great weekend, John.

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    1. Yes I so agree, Staci. (you have had a long, hard week) Hope you get some rest this weekend.

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      1. That’s not in the cards. I’m so behind. But stories like the buoy my spirit, and that helps. Thanks, John.

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      2. Here take this hot toddie. It will help too.

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      3. Perfect! You know me so well. Cheers! 🥃

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  11. It’s so good to see a company sharing its success with its employees. Thanks for sharing this, John. 🙂

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    1. I agree, Tim. It is good.

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  12. Reblogged this on T. W. Dittmer and commented:
    This good news story from talented and accomplished author, John Howell, made me feel good, so I decided to share it.

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    1. Thank you so much for the share, Tim

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      1. Thank YOU, John, for posting something so good I wanted to share it. 🙂

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  13. Every company should look, study and learn, John. Employees make the difference. This is a great story.

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    1. I think growth and profit would be connected to employee loyalty and performance.

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      1. It’s almost always connected to year-end layoffs – why not the other way round?

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  14. What a wonderful story, John. What a wonderful example for other employers to follow.

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    1. It is Maggie. Thanks 😁

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      1. You are welcome. It was such an uplifting thing to read.

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  15. Wow! That’s a company people wouldn’t mind doing business with.

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    1. I think it is a terrific place.

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  16. Great kind, John …. and a tip of the cap to Mr. Ruppert!

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    1. I agree, Frank.

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  17. What a wonderful recognition of the essential value of the employees! Great story and JohnKu. Thanks for sharing, John. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. You as well Harmony. It is a great story and I hope the idea catches on.

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  18. Great story John.

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  19. How wonderful! That is a company showing gratitude! Love it, John!

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    1. Yes it is, Jan. Thanks

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  20. Are they hiring?? Surely even someone with my limited lawn skills could find something to do there!!

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    1. Here take these edging shears and trim those beds.

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  21. Now, THAT’s the company to work for!

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  22. Wow. That’s awesome.

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    1. Can you imagine working for someone like that?

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Its good to hear that some workers are appreciated. Brings pride and caring back into a job.

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    1. I think if more companies did that there would be more productivity too.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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  24. What a great story, John. I’d like to work there too! Acknowledging the contributions of employees to the success of a business serves everyone including the clients. 🙂

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    1. For sure, Diana. Thanks

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  25. Generosity and recognition of the ordinary people who make a company run – not just the stiffs at the top – are so rare. What a great story!

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    1. It is, Noelle. Thank you.

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  26. That company is a keeper!

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Pamela.

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  27. Landscapers really bust their butts to finish projects, and they’re fighting the elements the whole way. I’d guess anyone who got a bonus really earned it, Most companies give out bonuses that are a tenth of the ones this company did, so good for them for showing their appreciation big time!

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    1. The execs were not eligible either. I wonder who got the $200,000. I’ll bet is was a sales guy who landed new business.

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  28. It’s nice when an employer appreciates their staff- and shows it!

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  29. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Wow! Feeling appreciated is what almost everyone wants. Money is one way to demonstrate that, and sincerely complimenting employees on what they do well is another. Bosses/managers set the tone by showing their workers they care.

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    1. You are so right, Pete

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  30. Wow! How exciting! What a wonderful thing to do for your hard-workers!

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    1. It is wonderful. Thanks, Traci. 😁

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  31. John, do you know if that company has vacancies? I vowed never to return to the coalface, but I’ve now changed my mind. It was good to read a JohnKu again. It had been a while. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Great to have you visit, Guy. I’ll take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year. I think I would work there too. 😁

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  32. This is as it should be!
    Wish, wish wish my Christmas wish that all successful companies would be so wise.
    I’d love to work there, too, JohnKu!

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    1. Maybe someday someone will get it. Thanks, Resa 🐂 🐂 🐂 🐂

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      1. 🐂 🎄🐂 🎄 🐂 🎄🐂

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      2. 🐂 🎄🐂 🎄 🐂 🎄🐂 🎅🏻

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      3. “Tis the season!
        🎅🏻🐂 🎄🐂 🎄 🐂 🎄🐂 🎅🏻

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      4. For sure. 🎅🏻 🎁🐂 🎊🎄🎁🐂 🎈🎄 🛍🐂 🧧🎄🪩🐂 🎁🎅🏻

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      5. Oboy! 🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁

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      6. 🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁 🍷

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      7. Present, and accounted for! Or, counting presents!
        🎁 🍷OX OX OX OX 🎁 🍷

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  33. I’m happy for these men, dear John! Lucky they are! 🙂 🍤🍤🍤🍻

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    1. Women too. 🥂🍰

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      1. True, my dear friend! 🍤🍤🍤🍻😉

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  34. What a wonderful story, John, and more successful companies should do this for their valued employees. There’s nothing like recognition to raise morale.

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    1. That is so true. More should do it. Thanks, Lauren.

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  35. A rare occurence in this day and age. Kudos to Ruppert Landscaping! 🙂

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    1. I agree, Debby.

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  36. Really this type of company must be present in every section of the society

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    1. One would hope the future would be so. Thanks.

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  37. Boy do I wish I had that at work…thank you for sharing this joyous occasion, and happy holidays!

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    1. Happy holidays to you as well. I think we all wish we worked there. 😁

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      1. Thank you! Haha right?! Such a great company!

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  38. Holy cow! That’s amazing! People are going to flock to that company, both as employees and as clients. Amazing they had the ability to give so much!

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    1. They figured it out somehow. Yes it would be a nice place to work. Thanks, Betsy.

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  39. Wow! What a wonderful gesture to show employee appreciation. I’m still happy with my $50.00 year-end bonus. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the link, Traci

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