OPINION: Generosity shows Hyne has heart

BUSINESS experts say one of the best indicators of staff happiness is whether employees feel like their boss cares about them as a person.

More so than other factors, including pay, this means the difference between staying with the company and moving quickly on.

(For the record, I've been with APN for eight years and counting... and it's not for love of money.)

By that measure, Hyne Timber employees should be some of the longest-lasting around.

The company's generous donation to help the son of employee Rachael Halley Butcher has shown that they understand and value their staff.

Despite having grown from its Maryborough roots to a massive company with more than 500 employees across 11 sites, it's clear the staff are considered far more than just cogs in the machine.

Hynes is not the only example of the generous Fraser Coast spirit though, with thousands of dollars chipped in from individuals across the region.

There might be a proliferation of requests for help on websites such as Go Fund Me, but the donations still come thick and fast.

While so many people are struggling themselves, this is truly remarkable.

Best of luck to Hamish and his family.



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