no-layoff-pledge

It is an unprecedented time for manufacturers across Ohio, the United States and the world.  Many businesses are forced to make – or at least consider – drastic measures to shore up a rapidly changing and eroding economy.

 

Like nearly every company, the team at Intrust IT has felt the financial impact of COVID-19. We’re also aware that the technology space has not been as hard-hit as other industries, such as travel and hospitality, and count ourselves fortunate to be maintaining the level of operations we are.

 

We are incredibly grateful for the support approved by the federal government Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and would like to thank our partners at Huntington National Bank for their work alongside us as we develop our scenarios for moving forward.

 

At Intrust IT, we believe that our people are what make us a successful organization, which is one of the reasons that we are employee-owned via an ESOP. We owe our growth and success over the last 28 years to our team and will do whatever it takes to provide stability through this otherwise uncertain time.

 

Intrust IT has been recognized eight times as a Cincinnati Best Places to Work. Our people and our customers make that possible.  Today, Intrust IT is officially making a no-layoff pledge that extends through July 1, 2020. We stick by our employees, their families, and the communities in which they live and work—in the good times and the tough times.

 

This decision is not to be taken lightly. All of us working together to support each other, our clients and partners allows us to make this commitment.

 

Why July 1, 2020? In normal circumstances, a pledge like this would certainly not be needed. Our hope is that, come July, some sense of normalcy will have returned, rendering such a pledge unnecessary.

 

A no-layoff pledge is certainly not an original idea; in fact, we’ve lifted the idea from the headlines after seeing technology organizations like Salesforce and LinkedIn make similar announcements. We do feel, however, that this is an opportunity for us to give our employees peace of mind and start a movement within the Midwest technology community.

As a final call to action, we ask that other leaders of Midwestern tech companies join us in this No-Layoff Pledge on Infotrust. We are fortunate that the technology sector has not been as hard hit as others and owe it to our people and their families to do what we can to instill confidence during this pandemic and the months ahead. As of the posting of this announcement, eleven other companies have already joined the pledge.

Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t build a business, you build people—then people build the business.” Let’s show our teams where our priorities lie during this incredibly difficult time.

 

Tim Rettig, Intrust IT founder and serial entrepreneur, is a tech expert, educator and tireless advocate for employee ownership. His strategic work to build partnerships with clients has made Intrust into one of the fastest growing IT companies—scoring a spot on Inc 5000’s list of Fasting Growing Private Companies for three consecutive years.

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