EMPLOYEE TRAINING

Symbiont Service

Training takes center stage at Symbiont, where employees get paid time off for leadership development.
On top of an emphasis on leadership, Symbiont Service Corp. also celebrates community service, paying wages for up to five hours of community service for each employee. Above, volunteers from Symbiont participate in Adopt A Highway for the three-mile span outside their offices.

The Data

Symbiont Service

Location: Englewood, Florida

Founded: 1990

2010 revenue: $6.1 million

CEO: Sandra L. King

Website: geothermalflorida.com

Number of employees: 43

What it does: Sells and repairs energy-efficient heating and cooling systems for pools

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Symbiont Service wants its employees to be leaders, so the geothermal air conditioning company provides paid time off for employees attending leadership training or seminars. "Yes, I'll pay for their time to invest and grow and learn," said Sandy King, CEO. "I consider those tools to helping my people be more successful at what they do." Symbiont provides individual coaching through internal employee development meetings and brings in an outside coach three times a month to train management. The company also pays for employees to attend 12-week Dale Carnegie business training, as well as the gas to get there.

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Last updated: May 23, 2011




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