Opinion: Paid Leave Is Good for Ohio Small Businesses (October 18, 2016)
By: Bob Szuter
When you talk to business owners about what make their business successful, they often say their employees are their number one assets. That’s certainly true for the Columbus small business I co-own with my father, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. We want to keep our employees happy, and for us, part of how we do that is by offering paid family and medical leave. But paid leave isn’t just about treating our employees well – it’s also boosted our bottom line by increasing employee retention and morale. At the end of the day, people can do a better job focusing on work if they aren’t worried about what will happen if they become sick or injured. Stronger paid leave will spread these benefits across Ohio, which is why we’re committed to supporting a statewide paid leave policy.
When we started our business, we didn’t offer paid leave because we didn’t realize how important it would be to our employees. But during our first three years of business, we had two employees suffer from medical issues that forced them to take unpaid time off. We saw the toll this took on them and how it impacted our workplace morale. Since instituting paid leave, our employees are happier and more productive because they know they can stay home if they have an accident or become ill.