This morning CareerSource Polk held their annual meeting and bestowed the Best Places to Work 2013 Awards on several of our members! (descriptions courtesy of the event program)
Small Business Category:
Clark/Nikdel/Powell (CNP) has a primary goal – that their employees love coming to work. Covering the cost of all insurance premiums for full time employees, 401k with company match and a $200 check on your birthday is where it starts. With recognition that their employees are responsible professionals, there is no cap on vacation or sick time and flexible work arrangements are provided to retain talent, even if it means remotely working on a contractual basis while backpacking through Europe. Instituting non-traditional practices to keep morale high, they set aside time for personal development, birthday celebrations, daily Frisbee breaks and use late Friday afternoons to bond as an office. Management is transparent with the company’s financial situation and if monthly goals are surpassed, 25% of the profit goes towards employee bonuses. Community involvement is permitted and encouraged during work hours and pro-bono projects for local non-profits are often taken.
Community Southern Bank
Community Southern Bank is not just another company, they are family, and that’s why they believe it is important to have their staff share in the long-term success of the company. Through stock options, profit-sharing, annual bonuses and pay increases, the bank’s profitability has allowed them to reward their employees in spite of difficult economic times. The benefits package includes 100% employer paid premiums for Medical, Dental, Short and Long Term Disability and Group Life Insurance. In addition, the bank has paid thousands of dollars for a number of programs benefitting employees and sponsored by the local chambers of commerce.
The average tenure of those at Spherion is 14 years and that is due to the a commitment to make each team member feel as though they are part owner of the company though monthly events, quarterly retreats, an annual all-inclusive three day party at a great destination, and annual profit sharing for all employees. Flexibility is also key to their benefits with unique features including medical expense loan for any employee exceeding their HSA Savings Account, ability to roll over unused medical time off, partial reimbursement for gym memberships and a flexible work schedule. Spherion also boasts of offering the best personal and vacation allowances in the staffing business with 34 paid days off within the first year of employment.
Medium Business Category:
Center for Retina & Macular Disease
The Center for Retina and Macular Diesease‘s retention rate for 2013 was 100% due in part for their compensation and benefit philosophy of providing above market pay and benefits to all full and part-time staff. Free healthcare is offered to all full-time staff and those who choose high-deductible plan also receive family coverage at no cost. In addition, staff have access to no deductive CT scans, MRIs, and similar scans. The company also offers generous PTO, AAA and Sam’s Club Group Membership, tickets to area theme parks, Identity Theft Protection, Staples Employee Discount Plan and Emergency Loans (via the 401K plan).
Citizens Bank & Trust
With the belief that a key to their employees’ happiness if the willingness to listen to their wants and values, Citizens Bank & Trust enhances their comprehensive benefits package by including creativity and flexibility. Unused sick, vacation and personal days may be rolled into an extended sick bank, employees can donate vacation or sick time to any employee who has exhausted their own due to medical issues and the company pays 70% of the high deductible medical plan whether the employee has employee only or family coverage. Employee Appreciation Week is also celebrated each year with surprises and treats for all employees.
Lanier Upshaw offers careers, not jobs, and through a Stock Ownership Retirement Plan their employees become owners of the agency and eventually enjoy a financially stable retirement. Other employee benefits include 100% paid dental premiums plus $100 reimbursement for dental services, a “benefit allowance” that equals the cost of the life insurance and the long-term disability insurance, an extended illness bank funded annually with unused PTO and LegalShield and ID Watchdog benefits to protect them and their families. They honor their employees with a Kudos program, a service award pin set with real diamond and sapphires, an employee appreciation afternoon with a luncheon and a special gift at 30 and 35 years of service. Emphasizing education for employees and their families, a Good Report Card program provides $25 gift card to employees’ children who earn all “A’s” and the firm pays 100% for the employees’ education and designation programs.
Polk County Clerk of Courts
The goal of the Polk County Clerk Courts is to help their employees and employees’ families achieve optimum health with unique benefits including: A Beginning Right Maternity program, a $200 Wellness Incentive Credit and a $100 Cash Incentive for completing an individual health assessment. Additionally, they offer an on-site health clinic for all employees and dependents with no cost services that can be accessed on company time. With their Tuition Reimbursement program already established, an Education Incentive Pay program was implemented to encourage employees to advance their education by rewarding academic achievement with cash incentives. Other benefits include allowing children of staff to stay in the employee break room after school, 16 paid hours of volunteer time, and a PTO sellback program.
Founded over 40 years ago, Rita Staffing treats their employees like family by supporting each other through the tough times. The company takes care to manage rising health insurance costs and has had an average increase in overall premium over the last four years of less than 1%. As professional development is a priority, they have paid for the training of 9 team members to receive their SPHR/PHR designations and frequently send consultants and managers to local and national industry conferences to advance their teams knowledge and maintain their certifications. All employees qualify for quarterly bonuses based on profitability and incentives are given for recruiting and meeting other department goals. In addition, in 2013 they held a 40th anniversary Beach Party event where the owners paid for a room, meals, gift bags and dinner on the beach for all of their employees and their family members.
Large Business Category:
Polk County Board of County Commissioners
Polk County BOCC‘s goal is to attract and retain employees who choose public service as a career. An array of incentives, including but not limited to up to $300 wellness incentive for employees and covered spouses, On-Site Physician and Podiatrist, free sick care for covered dependents, Quit Smoking Now program, Diabetes Management program, Hypertension Management program, on-site pharmacist ad nurse educator, healthy pregnancy program, free on-site screenings for skin, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers, and osteoporosis for health plan members. They have a number of programs that demonstrate their interest in their employees’ future such as award-winning succession planning, individual development plans, and SHINE which recognizes and rewards employees who have submitted suggestions adopted by management. So far, 548 financial awards have been made to BOCC employees through this program.
MEGA Business Category
Committed to providing an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and able to contribute to the business, LEGOLAND Florida covers up to 90% of medical benefit costs for their Model Citizens (MC) and their families. An anonymous, third part hotline is also available for MCs to provide feedback or important workplace information and employees are kept fully aware of what is going on in the business by means of a weekly pocket guide, newsletters, a company intranet and team meetings. Each year, the park play together with a start of the year Launch Party, MC and family water park days, MC and family end of summer picnics and much more. LEGOLAND also takes pride in Merlin’s Breed Rescue Protect global initiative where employees engage in marine conservation.
Sherwin Williams is proud of the company they keep – their family of loyal employees. They are committed to providing employees safe and healthy working environments and have not had an accident in the warehouse in over a year. Sherwin Williams makes sure their employees have numerous opportunities to promote their own health and wellness, whether it is through their corporate run wellness program which provides benefits such as tobacco cessation, Weight Watchers discounts, a subsidized gym membership and more. The also ensure they are taking care of the employees by giving them opportunities to have operational input through numerous employee committees and enjoying recreational activities on the weekend together. Financially, employees are support with stock options, an incentive program, profit sharing a 401K with company match, adoption assistance and tuition reimbursement.
Walmart Logistics DC 6071
Walmart believes in promotion from within at all levels and even the CEO began his career as an hourly order filler. With less than a 10% turnover rate, the average length of service of their full-time employees is 11 to 20 years. In an effort to provide the highest quality care and cost savings, the Centers of Excellence program was created to give access to select hospitals where 100% of inpatient and outpatient costs for hip and knee joint replacement and certain heart and spine surgeries are provided. One employee stated, “I started at Walmart as a part-time office clerk, 3 weeks after I turned 18 years old and began making $8.25 an hour. I didn’t not have any type of college education, not did I have a High School Diploma at the time. In February of 2004, I was promoted to the Human Resources Office and I now make $21.05 per hour.”
Two of our members were also honored as Employers of Distinction which recognize those companies who have shown consistent commitment to improving the quality of life of their employees. Those are: