Library Supplier Cool Place to Work

Gary Deane spotted a Neat Look at Highsmith.

Since the early 1990s, employees have been performing their tasks as teams, taking turns at being the boss, although they don’t call it that.

The $60 million library supply marketing business has cut the number of managers in half since owner Duncan Highsmith embarked on a program aimed at giving employees more responsibility for their careers.

During the same period, Highsmith also started a wellness program that won national attention and helped the company hold down its health insurance costs.

Highsmith’s innovative approach to these issues has placed it on the list of finalists for the corporate culture award in the Wisconsin Honor Roll program begun by Deloitte and Touche. The list recognizes the top public or privately held companies based in Wisconsin that have a majority ownership by an individual, family or employee stock ownership program.