Rapid globalization. Technological advancement. Demographic shifts (and cliffs). Though these challenges may seem unique to our age, history proves otherwise. From the 1930s to present, explore examples of how private sector pioneers—from Publix to Patagonia, HP to Southwest Airlines—have harnessed their to sustain their business success. It thrived through and beyond the 1930s by investing in its employees—paying higher than average wages, offering cross-training, and rewarding a customer-centered focus. Today, Publix is the most profitable grocer in America.    

Here’s a timeline of US companies that have developed successful people policies – starting way back in 1930. Some interesting facts and figures.



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