Best Companies to Work For 2015: VolkBell
They focus on living the company's values and valuing each other
Rank: 2 in small companies category
The culture: A focus on character: living the company's values and valuing each other. Executives hire for character above skill or experience. According to the ModernThink survey: “We believe that you can train anyone to do a job, but truly strong character comes from within the individual, and at the end of the day, that is what matters most in order to build our organization and best serve our clients and the community.”
Perks: Teams focus on ways to incorporate fun into the organization and focus on community service opportunities. Activities have included: building a golf course in the office, bowling competitions, Easter egg hunts and picnics.
Giving back: The offices “adopt” a few families, including a single mother, during the holidays, then provide meals, gifts or financial support to help them through a specific hardship. Employees also individually volunteer at local humane societies, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado Celebration of Philanthropy. They participate in Longmont’s “Clean and Green” initiative and adopt a park to keep clean.
The inside scoop: “When an employee’s parent passed away, the office was closed so that everyone would be able to attend the funeral and support that individual. The owners are so focused on taking care of their employees that they are the ones who drive our wellness programs, not only from activity and nutrition standpoints, but also through a strong emphasis on mental health, including managing stress levels, getting enough sleep and recognizing gratitude.”