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The LaSalle Network

Forget about birthdays, The LaSalle Network celebrates each employee's 'hire day' with decorations, balloons, and gifts from the boss.
Employees decorate one another's desks for their "rebirthdays" - their hire day. CEO Tom Gimbel buys a special gift for each employee to signify their value at the company.

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The LaSalle Network

Location: Chicago

Founded: 1998

2010 revenue: $21 million

CEO: Tom Gimbel

Website: thelasallenetwork.com

Number of employees: 51

What it does: Places employees at finance, technology, and human-resource companies

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At The LaSalle Network, your birthday doesn't matter. "Why celebrate a day you just wake up breathing?" asks CEO Tom Gimbel. "We celebrate the anniversary of your hire day—your 'rebirthday'—because your career was reborn when you came to work with us." Employees of the Chicago-based staffing firm are greeted once a year with decorations, balloons and gifts of appreciation. When the recession hit in 2008, the company extended hours but also invested in a keg machine tapped every day at 5 p.m. to acknowledge employees' extra efforts. Employees highlight their accomplishments and challenges through charades at weekly staff meetings.




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