Q: Over the past year, what extra actions have you taken to strengthen your company’s culture and keep employees engaged, motivated and happy at work?


Gerry Barker, President, Barker Specialty

“For as long as I can remember, life revolved around work- however, with the pandemic and nearly everyone working from home, the paradigm has changed to work revolving around life. At Barker Specialty we have all embraced this fundamental change and have developed an environment that supports flexibility for all our employees. In addition, we have worked hard to recognize the excellence of our employees through various local and national programs and have also developed internal recognition programs such as our “PAWSitive” rewards initiative.  Most importantly, through our support of many non-profits we have inculcated in our staff the concepts of respect, diversity, empathy, and charity.”