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My Company Is Growing Fast. How Can I Help Employees Cope?

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"Three years ago I was running a nice small company," says Lisa Lorimer, president of Vermont Bread Co., in Brattleboro, Vt., "but my sales have doubled in the past two years." To help her workers adapt to growth, Lorimer arranges for them to meet their counterparts at bigger companies. "We get about a dozen people into a van and travel to several companies," says Lorimer, whose business has about $8 million in sales. "We talk to the people on the floor rather than to the CEO. I sit back and let my employees do the talking." So far, Vermont Bread workers have made field trips to five companies. Most, Lorimer reports, were more than willing to "let us in behind their facade."




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