In the past five years, the topic of layoffs and profits -- and talk of "corporate greed" vs. need to cut benefits -- have dominated discussions about employer/employee relationships.
One local company seems to be bucking the trend. In the past five years, its been supporting employees and their families even more.
Benchmark Senior Living, which operates Ashland Farms Senior Living, has a non-profit called The One Company Fund, which gives financial assistance to employees and their families during hard times.
The One Company Fund -- founded in 2008 -- is funded by donations from the company, its executives, directors, employees, residents and friends. Money is given to employees impacted by personal crises, natural disasters, a death in the family, illness and disability.
Since its inception, the fund has distributed $800,000 to 500 employees.
According to Smith, the fund has helped women in abusive relationships relocate, has replaced furniture for employees and more.