EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – While 2012's “leap day” was a chance for some of celebrate rare birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, one Eugene based computer-related business took the day to do something many workers out there can only dream of.
An information technology training company, CBT Nuggets handed an extra pay bonuses to all of its 30 employees on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.
The catch? The bonus was entirely dependent on the revenue that the company made in the leap day's entire 24 hour period.
CBT Nuggets does its business by selling online training videos about everything related to information technology like how to use and configure internet routers, servers and more.
The company started in 1999 out of CEO Dan Charbonneau's basement. Over the years, Charbonneau grew the company, eventually putting the headquarters in Eugene about a decade ago.
Charbonneau says his employees are the reason he's been able to grow his company to what it is today. Taking part in a foam ball fight on Thursday, Charbonneau says it's important to have fun and give back.
As for the bonus? The numbers are an eye opener.
CBT Nuggets brought in more than 73,000 dollars of revenue on Wednesday.
That means each employee got an extra 2,454 dollars on Wednesday.
“Your people are your biggest investment, no matter what you're selling, no matter what you're doing. It's your people that make it work or not work. So, you can't do too much investing in your people, it can never be too much,” says Charbonneau.
CBT Nuggets was just named to the 100 best companies to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine.
The Leap Day give back is just one of the ways CBT Nuggets says its looking to give back more in 2012.
The company has initiated a new program called “Nugget Love,” picking a different charity each month to donate to. For the first five days of the month, the company is giving one-percent of its revenue to the selected charity. After that, any donations made to the charity through CBT Nuggets will be matched for the rest of the month, up to 10,000 dollars.