AMI: Proof That a Positive Work Culture is More Productive

There is a common misconception that having a cut-throat, high-pressure workplace culture will drive productivity and financial success for businesses. While employees can benefit from a little bit of tough love now and then, it is not a good long-term strategy if you want to increase engagement and drive retention rates through the roof.

Although there is an assumption that stress and pressure push employees to perform more, better, and faster, a positive and uplifting organizational atmosphere is much more effective. This is because engagement at work is typically associated with feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected – not the other way around.

Did you know that research shows that workplace stress leads to an increase of almost 50% in voluntary turnover? For this reason, AMI is dedicated to fostering an environment where all employees – from the top down – are treated equally. We do this by reassuring our staff that the work they do is meaningful and makes a significant impact on the success of our business. Without them, we could not do what we do.


“Invest in people, processes, and technology to improve the lives of our team members, customers, and community.”

The vast majority of companies have a mission, vision, or set of corporate values that all say the right things and perfectly outline their deep concern for their customers, employees, shareholders, community, and sometimes even the planet. However, during the daily grind to meet business objectives, it’s easy to get bogged down and distracted from the founding principles of your company.

AMI had this revelation very early on, so we created a set of company guidelines to help our team stay aligned with our mission in everything they do. By referencing these guidelines, we’re able to live out our mission and ensure everyone is doing their part to create meaningful results for our clients.

At AMI, we take pride in our work and our relationships. We are professional and conduct our work with the utmost integrity, and our advancement opportunities motivate employees to be proactive and grow in their careers. We respect each other and our clients, communicate in a timely manner, and believe that all clients are equally important. And, our team works together to ensure our projects are completed on time and meet the highest quality standards.

You may be wondering how we’re able to get everyone on board. It starts with the great leadership we have at AMI who are passionate about helping our people grow. They build our team up by listening, inspiring, motivating, and providing a common goal to aspire to. They also participate in learning opportunities to take their leadership skills to the next level. AMI’s Leadership Development Roadmap teaches our leadership team emotional intelligence skills, effective communication, respect in the workplace, and so much more.

Another way we create an exemplary company culture is by encouraging communication and transparency throughout our organization. Each month, we distribute an internal newsletter that summarizes how our company is performing, industry trends, recent changes implemented based on employee feedback, and upcoming events such as volunteering opportunities. We also like to use our newsletter to recognize an employee who performed exceptionally well that month. The goal behind this initiative is for our employees to see that AMI values them, as well as their contributions to the success of our team and the company overall. 

About AMI

AMI (Ace Manufacturing Industries Inc.) is a family-owned business launched in 1992 with 5 employees in a 4,000 square foot machine shop by Tom Krouth. From its early foundation in the manufacturing of complex and precision machined components, AMI has evolved and grown by a factor of 20X through the planned expansion of services, equipment, technology, staff, and facilities under the leadership of second-generation CEO, Kelley Krouth into a full-service supplier for custom manufactured OEM parts.

Our value-added services include collaborative design, machining, contract manufacturing, assembly, painting, raw material procurement, testing, inventory management, and more. By providing complex contract manufacturing services under one roof, we deliver reduced shipping and handling costs to all AMI customers.

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