Employee Benefits: Croquet on Company Time

Croquet on Company Time

Some bosses think they can elicit brainstorms from their workers simply by plying them with coffee and doughnuts. But Bruce Katz, president of Rockport Co., a shoe manufacturer in Marlboro, Mass., thinks a little sun and wind surfing are a much better inducement. This summer he is spending a reported $15,000 a month to rent Plaisance, a 20-room chateau by the sea in Newport, R.I., that he has dubbed Camp Rockport. In groups of a dozen, each of his 220 employees takes a car pool to the mansion for two days of sports and shoptalk with the boss. Rockport, a thriving...

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