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Fair Compensation

At People First Companies we believe that fair compensation should be provided for all employees through livable wages and fair profit distribution. We are proud to work with companies with the same belief..


Our members understand that employees need flexibility in schedules. Flexible schedules like 4-day weeks and employee directed scheduling, all add to an employee’s ability to perform at their highest.


Purpose before profit. The purpose of a business is more than making a profit. By providing employees with both flexibility and fair compensation, they are free to pursue a higher purpose in their lives.

Research supports the move to being People First

Consumers are making more purchases based on values

* According to a report by GlobalWebIndex, 61% of consumers globally are making more environmentally-friendly, sustainable, or ethical purchases than they were five years ago. This suggests that people are increasingly shopping based on their values and are willing to pay more for products that align with those values.

* A study by Accenture found that 62% of consumers want companies to take a stand on the social, cultural, environmental, and political issues they care about. Purpose-driven brands that align with consumers’ values are more likely to attract and retain customers.

* A 2018 study by Edelman found that 67% of consumers believe it is important for CEOs to take a stand on social issues, including employee well-being.

A growing body of data is showing that a people first company is actually more profitable

* A 2020 study by the Great Place to Work Institute found that publicly traded companies on its Best Workplaces list consistently outperformed major stock indices over a 10-year period. These companies had an average annualized return of 14.3%, compared to 10.5% for the S&P 500 index.

* A 2018 study by Harvard Business Review found that companies with high levels of employee satisfaction outperformed their peers by 2.3% to 3.8% per year in long-run stock returns.

* A 2017 study by Glassdoor found that companies with high employee satisfaction had higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, which can translate into increased profitability.

* A 2015 study by the University of Warwick found that happy employees are 12% more productive, which can lead to increased profitability.

Who is the People First Companies membership for?

You belong with People First Companies if…

… you already believe in being people first. Sign up now to get accredited and identified as a true People First Company and join the wave of businesses just like you, who are leading the change in doing business better.

… you want to find a way to differentiate yourself from your competitors, and get ahead of the curve of values-centered consumerism. Join PFC, give customers a new reason to buy from you and see the difference being people oriented can make.

… you are a business owner and want to have more of a positive impact on your local community but don’t know where to start. Join PFC and with our library of educational business resources and the support of our community, we can help you make a difference.

… your company has gotten a bit stagnant, with the same old routines and not enough innovation. A shift to a people first mindset could give you that spark you have been missing. Join PFC, increase the engagement, satisfaction and creativity of your employees and see how you can drive new growth.

… you are experiencing turbulent times in your business, with lots of turnover, poor morale and serious challenges to staying afloat. Join PFC and see how embracing the people first mindset can transform your business into a better working environment that retains employees while also becoming more profitable.

Do any of these sound like you?

Can you see your company as People First and proudly displaying our logo?

Want to see the difference being People First can make in your business?

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Meet our Founders

Stephen Angel


Stephen has a long history as a successful business owner in Colorado. As an entry-level carpenter, he built his own multi-million dollar business. He has committed to Doing Business Better and honoring People First principles in his company.

Mike Bayes


Mike Bayes is a successful entrepreneur and former senior executive with a top telecommunications company. He was a partner in the telecommunications sales company P.S.T. . Mike has held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for M.C.I. Direct and Vice President of Sales at USA.Net. Mike has been providing Business development and coaching to companies across the country since 2003.

About Us

People First Companies was founded to help improve working conditions for American workers and provide recognition and value to the companies who live by the values we consider to be core to doing business better.

We aim to achieve these goals by championing the people first business model, providing education on how a people first business can be just as effective and profitable, if not more so, than legacy ways of operating, and by partnering with and showcasing people-centric companies to rethink, demonstrate and model the new way leaders can approach business.

We wholeheartedly believe that the business model of the future is one that is people first.

At People First Companies, we believe in the boundless potential of business leaders to create impact. We believe in the transformational power of business and are committed to making positive contributions to employment in our society. We believe that leadership is not about impressive titles but rather about making a lasting difference with our employees and supporting growth and well-being – both in the workplace and at home

By promoting and demonstrating a better way to do business, we aim to inspire the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs to create a new business landscape where all companies take a greater interest and responsibility for the welfare of their people, and operate in a people first model.

When people feel cared for, they go the extra mile because they are proud to work for a company that has their best interest at heart. It has been well documented that when people are satisfied with their job, they are more productive and likely to stay longer. In fact, a growing body of data shows that people first companies can see substantial advantages over their profit-only competitors. Our goal is to spread that message, and show companies just how they can be both people-centered and abundantly profitable.

It is about committing to the virtue and power of doing what’s right.

This is People First Companies and this is the future of business.

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What you get with a PFC Membership

3 Membership Levels to Choose From


$49 a month for 12 months OR save over $90 on a one time annual fee of $497

  • People First Company Logo to display on your website and digital platforms  


$99 a month for 12 months OR save over 10% on a one time annual fee of $997

  • People First Company Logo to display on your website and digital platforms
  • Have your company listed in our national and local member directory


One time annual fee of $1197. No monthly payment plan available.

  • People First Company Logo to display on your website and digital platforms
  • Have your company listed in our national and local member directory
  • Targeted advertising from our *Gift back advertising fund specific to your market and city
  • Enjoy up to 50% off (up to $1000 discount) on all People First Companies services

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