(McMinnville, OR, May 12, 2016) - TTR, the leading supplier of sales and use tax answers, was recently ranked 5th Best Place to Work in the Oregon Business Magazine's annual 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. Shon Holyfield, CEO of TTR, Inc. was interviewed on TTR's award and asked to discuss this achievement.
A local newspaper had this to say about its interview with Mr. Holyfield.
"When he walks around the office, Shon Holyfield shares inside jokes with every person he passes. He shares kind words about all of the staff in his building. He walks through TTR's sales group, makes funny faces at a few reps, gets a few others to smile, and the impact is obvious. Within just a few minutes, it's clear why TTR, headquartered in McMinnville, was named one of Oregon Business'' Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. It's not about the Nerf guns lying around or even the tax answers, although that certainly plays a big role. For Shon and the whole TTR team, it's about these daily interactions, big and small—it's about the people."
"Mr. Holyfield is proud of TTR's extensive client list (now over 2,600 companies), but he's far more excited to talk about the people at TTR. He routinely rattles off details about the people, their interests, hobbies, and passions in life. When asked about Oregon Business'' recognition, he points outside his own office and says "it's because of everyone out there that we received this award."
Mr. Holyfield attributes TTR's award-winning workplace to TTR's professionals. He also says that TTR's method of hiring helps attract the right candidates for TTR's diverse culture. "We focus on three primary characteristics in hiring here at TTR. We look for professionals that (1) work hard, (2) are upbeat and positive, and (3) are good at what they do. It can be tough finding all three qualities, but we always get two out of three with our people and work together to strengthen development areas."
Mr. Holyfield also emphasizes the importance of creating a safe environment. A key component to a successful workplace is the creation of an environment where people don't get made fun of or ridiculed.
"I'm not a fan of making fun of others. It discourages people from coming to you when they need help for fear of being mocked. In a work environment, the most common reason things don't get done are due to professionals not fully understanding a particular area or task. If the environment is safe, they will come forward quickly and speak up. They know they will not get in trouble if they ask for help. In an unsafe environment that mocks, makes fun of, or punishes those that don't understand, employees usually don't speak up. I prefer a safe environment that fosters increased collaboration and teamwork and removes the stress of possibly 'feeling stupid.'"
Mr. Holyfield will speak on these and other key tips on building an award-winning workplace at the TeleStrategies Taxation Conference - May 16-18, in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.