Feb 2013 – South FL Business Journal: Schwartz Media Strategies Named Among S. Fla’s “Best Places to Work”

South FL Business Journal_0

Schwartz Media Strategies Named Among South Florida’s “Best Places to Work”

SMS group shot

To executives with Schwartz Media Strategies, being a best place to work – and having the best employees in the process – requires encouraging creativity. For Tadd Schwartz, the message is clear: “Start each day with a blank canvas, and have fun with what you do.”

“We’re engaged with coming up with ideas every day that put our clients in front of target audiences,” he says. “If you can’t have fun doing that, you’re in the wrong business.”

Truth be told, representing the likes of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science at Museum Park, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Apollo Bank, Genting/Resorts World Miami and numerous area law firms can be stressful at times – “but good stress,” Schwartz says.

A positive, creative outlook every day works wonders in the long run. Attitude is everything, he says. “If you think positive, and have fun with it – good things happen.”

Among the perks the firm offers are 100 percent employer contribution for health insurance premiums and 100 percent employer contribution for dental insurance premiums, and a 401(k) plan. The company also offers holiday bonus time off, including a full week over the holidays – taking time to reboot the engines, Schwartz says.

To build camaraderie, the team socializes together – whether over a beer at day’s end or a family welcome event. To Schwartz, creating such an environment comes down to common sense.

“If you treat people with respect, and you make the time to teach and introduce them to the world in which we live, they will enjoy their jobs and, ultimately, their lives,” he says. “I teach our folks to lead by example, and to listen and make the time to learn something new each day. If you bring that mindset to the job every day, you don’t need a labor and employment handbook on employee protocol.”