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July 28. 2015

Winners Spotlight Series: Wayne Homes

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July 28. 2015

For more than 40 years, Wayne Homes has been making  dreams come true by giving families a place to call home. Currently building homes in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Wayne Homes has found success in giving customers the home they are dreaming of. But behind all of the construction and customization is another story that Wayne Homes is making come true.

Wayne Homes’ volunteer program, Random Acts of Kindness Days (RAK Days) has touched countless people in need as well as volunteer centers. Wayne Homes provides two paid days for employees to be able to leave work and help volunteer at an organization of their choice. To date, employees have volunteered at a variety of places, including Make a Wish, Open M, Ronald McDonald House, hunger walks, local schools and local animal shelters.More...


April 22. 2015

NorthCoast 99: What Were the Top Performers Doing in 2014?

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April 22. 2015

The deadline for the 2015 NorthCoast 99 Application is fast approaching. Every year, the top 99 workplaces in Northeast Ohio are honored for their ability to attract, retain, and motivate top talent at their organization.  Those winners come together to celebrate their victory at an annual awards banquet (check out the video below!).

Well before these organizations can celebrate their victories, they must complete a comprehensive application process that includes surveying a select group of their top performing Northeast Ohio employees about their current levels of engagement and what is most important to them in a job.  This survey is critical in identifying key attributes that an organization needs in order to increase the probability they can attract and retain great people and it’s the foundation of the evaluation process for the award.

Let’s take a look at who the top performers were and what was most important to them in 2014:  

Who they were

40-54 year olds made up the largest demographic group of top performers at 39%, followed by 55 year-olds at 14%.  About 17% of top performers were 29 and under, and only about 3% fell in the demographic of 30-39 years-old.

Women also made up the majority of top performers (57%), and 42% of all top performers held at least a Bachelor’s degree. About 24% held an Associate’s degree and 23% a graduate degree. Employees with a GED made up 11% of the top performer population.

An overwhelming majority (96%) of top performers were full-time employees, and most had been working for their employers between 0 and 10 years; however, 11% had been at a company for more than 20 years.

What they wanted

When presented with a list of workplace attributes, 21% of top performers selected challenging/meaningful work as the most important.This was followed by compensation at 15.9%. The following rounded out the top 10 responses:

  • Job security at 12%
  • Work/life balance at 11.3%
  • Advancement at 6.4%
  • Career Development at 6.3%
  • Autonomy at 5.7%
  • Leadership at 5.2%
  • Benefits at 5.2%
  • Product/service quality at 2.8%

Why they stayed

Top performers were asked, “What aspects of this workplace or your job influence your decision to remain at this organization?” There were three distinct reasons why top performers, across all organizations, chose to stay at their current organization.

Culture

Overall, the top performers at NorthCoast 99 award winning organizations shared that they found themselves comfortable and felt they were surrounded by great people. They felt their teams were well-balanced, highly skilled, and willing to support each other above and beyond the typical work expectations.

Interestingly, the top performers at non-winning organizations tended to focus more on compensation and job stability (versus culture). However, across the board for winners and non-winners, good relationships between top performers and management was highly valued. Also, being a fast-growing organization was important as well.

Flexibility

When it came to flexibility, many top performers appreciated when managers and organizations were supportive of a healthy work/life balance. Many expressed their interest in being able to do things at the office and at home, such as:

  • Being able to leave early to take their kids to an appointment
  • Offering opportunities to work from home
  • Liberal paid time-off policies 

Training

Top performers were very happy with the support they received in growing their skills and advancing their careers. It was noted that they appreciated the different training and career development efforts that were offered.

Have a Great Place for Great Talent?  Apply for the 2015 NorthCoast 99 Award!

Do you think your organization has what it takes to be one of the top 99 workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio? Complete the application at http://www.northcoast99.org/apply.aspx – but hurry! The deadline to enter your application is April 30th.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact us at nc99@yourerc.com or call 440-684-9700.

March 27. 2015

Winner Spotlight Series: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

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March 27. 2015

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: Giving Food a Purpose in the Community 

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been serving its community for the last 32 years. Its mission is simple but powerful, "Feed People, Fight Hunger."

When you walk into the Akron-Canton Foodbank, you can't help but feel overcome with happiness as the volunteers are cheerfully packing lunches for after-school programs, and employees are greeting you with a smile. These are just some of the reasons the Foodbank is a NorthCoast 99 winner and a great representation of what it means to be a great workplace in Northeast Ohio.More...

February 24. 2015

10 Qualities of a Great Supervisor [Research]

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February 24. 2015

What makes a great supervisor? The best ones lead by example when managing, leading, empowering, and involving employees. We've taken research from the some top organizations and identified some of the top qualities of good supervisors and managers.

1. Lead by example                                              

Excellent managers and supervisors lead by example. They are to model the organization’s mission and values, embody the desired culture, and create an environment where employees can thrive; all while remaining positive and supportive.

2. Treat employees respectfully, fairly, and empathetically

It's important to create a positive work atmosphere by making decisions in a fair manner, treating employees consistently, communicating honestly, and being respectful towards employees. Top supervisors and managers are also expected to act empathetically and compassionately when responding to employees’ needs and concerns.More...

January 7. 2015

Winner Spotlight: State Industrial Products

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January 7. 2015

Built on family values, State Industrial Products is more than a company that manufactures maintenance chemicals. Located in Mayfield Heights, State Industrial strives to create a company culture that not only works for them, but for its employees. With a strong connection to Make-A-Wish Foundation and always striving to engrain its family values in its workers, it’s no wonder State Industrial was one of three companies to receive this year’s Workplace & Community Impact Award at NorthCoast 99.

Winning NorthCoast 99

“For State Industrial to win the NorthCoast 99 award just confirms what I have said all along  which is we are one of the top organizations in northeast Ohio to work for,” says Carol Brennan, Director of Human Resources.More...

November 6. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Hyland, creator of OnBase

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November 6. 2014

Hyland, creator of OnBase, is one of the largest independent enterprise content management vendors. Its product, OnBase, is a software solution that helps organizations streamline processes and become more efficient.  Located in Westlake, Ohio, Hyland has more than 1,800 employees and services more than 12,900 organizations.


Hyland is committed to getting its employees involved in the community, services you don’t normally find at an organization and a culture that is constantly evolving.  Not to mention, it is also this year’s 2014 Workplace Community Impact Award recipient at the NorthCoast 99 event.More...

October 2. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Excelas, LLC

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October 2. 2014

Excelas is a national provider of medical information analysis to help health care organizations, medical corporations and insurers settle and win cases. Located in Highland Heights, Excelas is the home base for 37 employees. However, with its flexible telecommuting hours, convenience time policy and strong wellness initiative, it has no trouble retaining and attracting top talent, which is also why Excelas is a Workplace and Community Impact recipient of the 2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards.

Winning the Workplace and Community Impact Award

“We are a very collaborative environment, so Winning NorthCoast99 is a joint effort amongst all of the employees here at Excelas,” says Malissa Rowland, Director of Operations & HR. “It gives us another opportunity to come together and celebrate. In addition, it serves as validation that we are on the right track and that we are making decisions that are beneficial to both us and the company.”More...

September 18. 2014

2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards Recap

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September 18. 2014

The 2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards was a huge success with nearly 900 Northeast Ohio professionals celebrating the region's best workplaces for top talent! The awards featured a special keynote presentation from Drew Dudley, internationally-renowned leadership expert and speaker.

Event Photos

Drew Dudley

For more photos from the event and previous event, visit nc99event.com, the exclusive NorthCoast 99 media site!

Legacy Award Interviews

This year seven organizations won a NorthCoast 99 Legacy Award, given to organizations that have won for 10 years. We caught up with several company leaders to hear about their experience with NorthCoast 99.

Winners Report

This FREE benchmark report summarizes best practices and innovative trends in the workplace among the 2014 NorthCoast 99 winners in recruiting, selection and on-boarding; compensation, rewards, and appreciation; training, development, and performance management; work/life and wellness; leadership, empowerment, and involvement; and community impact.

Download the 2014 NorthCoast 99 Winners Report

August 29. 2014

2014 NorthCoast 99 Winners Report

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August 29. 2014

This FREE benchmark report summarizes best practices and innovative trends in the workplace among the 2014 NorthCoast 99 winners in recruiting, selection and on-boarding; compensation, rewards, and appreciation; training, development, and performance management; work/life and wellness; leadership, empowerment, and involvement; and community impact.

Download the 2014 NorthCoast 99 Winners Report

The report contains hundreds of pages of best practices, benchmark data, stories and examples, and case studies based on data provided by the 2014 NorthCoast 99 winners. Specifically, the report features:

  • Dozens of HR metrics, including targeted metrics for top performers
  • Hundreds of data points on workplace practices and policies
  • Data breakouts by industry and organizational size (in Northeast Ohio)
  • Summaries of common winner workplace practices
  • Hundreds of examples of actual workplace practices and innovations
  • Analysis of what makes top performers stay at organizations, attributes they look for in jobs, attributes that would make them leave their jobs, and their engagement
  • Analysis of new-hire feedback as well as key drivers of new-hire satisfaction and engagement

August 7. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Cleveland State University

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August 7. 2014

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public urban research university that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,500 students, eight colleges and more than 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen in 2014 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Cleveland State would not be where it is today without its diverse, enthusiastic and motivated staff. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, there is excitement in the air with record-setting freshman classes, a $500 million campus makeover and countless academic achievements; it’s also no surprise that CSU is a three-time winner of the NorthCoast 99 Award.

We got the chance to explore this vibrant campus and talk with employees about why they love working for Cleveland State and how the campus and downtown Cleveland have come together to create a best-in-class urban university.More...

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