Indianapolis, March 1, 2009 – Safety Management Group joins a record number of Hoosier companies -- 70 in total – that are being honored as a "Best Place to Work in Indiana" for their strong workplace environment that values its employees. The program, in its fourth year, is managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and presented in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Forty-three of the 70 companies received the same designation last year. For 23 companies that made the 2009 list, it was their first time taking part in the evaluation.
Safety Management Group has been recognized in each year that the program has been undertaken in Indiana, making the 2009 appearance on the listing the fourth year in a row for the safety consulting firm that employees approximately 85 safety professionals.
“I feel this success is directly related to each and every associates’, past and present,” says Kent Burget, President of Safety Management Group. “I wholeheartedly believe Safety Management Group is just the name that represents all of their hard work.”
Safety Management Group Associates provide safety consulting services, employee training, project staffing, interim life safety measures, and a unique construction safety management process service. The markets served include construction, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare and users of construction services.
The Best Places to Work program honors the top companies in the state, as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. Winners were selected from two categories: small to medium-sized companies of between 25 and 249 employees, and large-sized companies consisting of 250 or more employees. Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 25 full-time employees are in Indiana.
The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 19 other states.
"These companies represent some of our most outstanding Hoosier employers. They embrace the idea that a positive work culture that includes respect, communication, opportunity and being part of a team not only makes it a place in which employees want to work but also fuels the success of the company," states Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.
While making the list is a nice reward for a job well done, Brinegar emphasizes that taking part in the evaluation is the most important aspect.
"Employers get to see how employees really feel about their policies and procedures. That confidential feedback can be invaluable. Therefore, we are very pleased that many new companies participated in this evaluation and hope more do so next year."
The actual rankings of the top Hoosier companies will be announced at the Best Places to Work awards dinner on May 5 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Winners will also be recognized via a special section of the Indiana Chamber's bimonthly BizVoice® magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick - both of which reach statewide audiences. Additional program partners are the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana Youth Institute. The 2009 Best Places to Work in Indiana awards dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets and tables are available at www.indianachamber.com.
Earlier in the day, a session on what makes a company a Best Place to Work will be featured as part of the Indiana Chamber's 45th Annual Human Resources Conference. To register to attend this HR session, visit www.indianachamber.com.
All companies that participated in the 2009 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.
For more information on the Indiana Chamber's Best Places to Work program, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com.
Program sponsors for 2009, in addition to Anthem, are Ball State University, Crowe Chizek, Horseshoe Casino, Image Air Charter, Mussett Nicholas, Nucor Steel, Roche Diagnostics and Tilson HR.