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St Lucie County announces 17th Annual Workplace Awards

St Lucie County announces 17th Annual Workplace Awards

FORT PIERCE, FL—The economy is improving, employers are hiring, and St. Lucie County residents are looking for the best places to work.  That is exactly what the St. Lucie County Human Resource Association did today as they recognized twelve companies during the 17th Annual St. Lucie County “Best Place to Work” Awards.

 

Small Employers

  • ABC Home Medical Supply, Inc.
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
  • St. Lucie County Property Appraiser
  • Seacoast Bank
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank

 

Mid-Sized Employers

  • Remetronix
  • Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company
  • Southern Eagle Distributing
  • St. Lucie County Tax Collector
  • St. Lucie County Clerk of the Circuit Court

 

Large Employers

  • City of Port St. Lucie
  • Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
  • St. Lucie County BOCC
  • St. Lucie Public Schools
  • Walmart Distribution Center

 

The St. Lucie County Human Resource Association commissioned Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Fort Pierce, to calculate turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans; a total of 37 different measurements to determine the St. Lucie County’s Best Places To Work.

This program is free to all St. Lucie County employers. Participating companies were required to answer a 40-question survey about their organization.  Every company will receive a detailed personalized report documenting the results of the survey and samples of some of the best practices used in St. Lucie County to attract and retain their workforce. If you would like a copy of the survey or would like to inquire about participating next year, please contact Douglas Baber, President, St. Lucie County Human Resource Association, at 954-830-0546.

The St. Lucie County Human Resource Association is the local chapter for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  The association became an affiliate chapter of SHRM in 1986 with the purpose of bringing together human resources professionals. The goal of the association is to promote a high standard of excellence for human resources practitioners in the St. Lucie County area through the following activities: professional development, networking opportunities, current events and community involvement.  To learn more about the St. Lucie County Human Resource Association, visit the website at  http://stluciehr.org.

Small Employers

Under 100 employees

ABC Home Medical Supply, Inc.

87 employees
  • 2.3% Turnover Rate (Survey Average: 16.7%)
  • 100% of the employees attended training (Survey Average: 77.6%)
  • Established a program with area high schools to provide students within the school’s healthcare academics schools an opportunity to learn in a real-life work setting
  • Provides on the job training for EmployU so that developmentally challenged students can learn a trade that will assist them in adult independence
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
56 employees
  • $1,153 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • 100% of the employees attended training programs in 2017
  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and family members
  • 100% of the employees participate in Long-term and Short-term insurance program

 

St. Lucie County Property Appraiser

69 employees
  • $1,826 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • 95.7% of the employees involved in a Voluntary Retirement program (Survey Average: 63.4%)
  • 39 Paid Days Off after one year of employment
  • In order to keep all employees informed, the Property Appraiser sends a weekly email entitled “Michelle’s Minutes” where she provides a snapshot of upcoming events, ways to get involved and invite employees to provide feedback
  • Employees are also given paid volunteer hours each calendar year to use for volunteering in the community
Seacoast Bank
40 employees
  • 100% of the employees are enrolled in the organization’s Health Insurance program
  • 28% of the employees were promoted (Survey Average: 10.6%)
  • 100% of the employees attended training programs in 2017 (Survey Average: 77.6%)
  • Promote inclusion by developing Associate Resource Groups dedicated to inclusion in the areas of “Women in Business”, “LGBT Community” and “Military Veteran’s Groups”

 

Treasure Coast Food Bank
40 employees
  • Weekly emails from Web MD with healthy eating and lifestyle tips
  • Team provided with meditation books and formal discussion on handling stress after disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Irma came to an end in an effort to help with any long-term effects
  • International Potluck luncheon, Halloween theme dress up work day, Pajama theme dress up work day, Christmas Theme dress up work day
  • CEO prepared and served pancake breakfast for entire team at start of each shift the week of Christmas.
  • Pizza and dessert parties on alternate months throughout the year

 

Mid-Size Employers

100 – 200 employees

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company

175 employees

 

  • 14% Turnover Rate (Survey Average: 16.7%)
  • 9.1% Growth Rate (Survey Average:  5.9)
  • 100% of the employees are enrolled in Profit Sharing Plan
  • On-site gym that is open 24 hours to all employees with treadmills, weight training, and showers

 

Remetronix

137 employees

  • Averaged $3,186 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • Averaged over 64 hours of training per employee (Survey Average: 36 hours)
  • Employees are located throughout the world – weekly teleconferences keep all employees connected
  • Humane Society came in with puppies and kittens to help employees de-stress

 

Southern Eagle Distributing

159 Employees
  • Averaged $3,574 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • Quarterly “town hall” meetings for employees with the executive team to review company updates
  • Massage chair and large screen televisions in employee lunch room
  • Executives work side-by-side with the front-line employees during the holidays so employees can go home early and enjoy the holidays
  • To improve communication with all employees, every employee is given a company paid cell phone
  • College scholarships for children and spouses of employees through Indian River State College

St. Lucie County Tax Collector

106 employees

  • 99% of the employees participate in Company Health Insurance plan
  • Employees averaged over 56 hours of training in 2017
  • New employees receive a customized flyer with important information and a welcome bag filled with Tax Collector items such as a t-shirt, pens and pads of paper
  • Organization uses the Process Based Leadership (PBL) program that provides all employees the opportunity to attend weekly executive team meetings where issues and policies are discussed and decided

St. Lucie County Clerk of the Circuit Court

150 employees

  • $1,665 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • 100% of the employees attended training programs in 2017. (Survey Average: 77.6%)
  • Employees averaged 95 hours of training in 2017 (Survey Average: 36 hours)
  • During the first month of employment, employees attend an informal one-on-one breakfast meeting with Clerk Joseph E. Smith

Large Employers

Over 200 employees

City of Port St. Lucie

1021 employees

 

  • 91% of the employees are enrolled in Health Insurance plan (Survey Average: 72.5%)
  • 4.3% Growth Rate (Survey Average: 5.9%)
  • Averaged $1,131 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • 41 Paid Days Off after one year of employment
  • Employee Health Clinic is free to city employees and dependents that participate in the City’s health insurance plan. Services provided range from routine wellness/office visits, medical/emergency care, x-rays and medication the clinic carries

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority

255 employees

 

  • 11% Employee Turnover Rate (Survey Average: 16.7%)
  • 100% of the employees are enrolled in Health Insurance plan (Survey Average: 72.5%)
  • 100% of the employees participated in Voluntary Retirement program (Survey Average: 66%)
  • Wellness Committee, comprised of staff from all areas of the organization, plan and manage all wellness activities and serve as wellness champions for the organization. Wellness program focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers incentives such as time-off and gifts to reward participation and commitment to making healthy choices

St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners

779 Employees

 

  • 94.5% of the employees attended a training program in 2017 (Survey Average: 77.6%)
  • 5.6 % Growth Rate (Survey Average: 5.9%)
  • IGNITE Leadership program began with a mission to build exceptional leadership through advanced training and has been recognized nationally through HR.com
  • Lean Six Sigma trained graduates to create dynamic processes that continuously and objectively review systems for opportunities to improve efficiency, quality and customer service
  • Offers two health clinics that are free to employees and their families who are on their health plan

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools

5,403 employees

  • Averaged $1,358 per employee spent on Training and Development (Survey Average: $1,179)
  • 89% of the employees attended a training program in 2017 (Survey Average: 77.6%)
  • 100% of the employees participate in Voluntary Retirement program
  • New teachers participate in a two year NEST (New Employee Support Team) program where they are provided a mentor who they meet with daily and monthly. NEST meetings are designed to support new teachers and quickly address needs they may have
  • “A Promise is a Promise” program provides our high school seniors who declare a desire to teach a guaranteed teaching position once they finish college, gain certification and return home

Walmart Distribution Center

972 employees

 

  • 13.2% Turnover Rate (Survey Average: 16.7%)
  • Associates and Managers have the opportunity to earn $250 for volunteering 25 hours to any 501c3 org., school, city, county, state funded entity or a faith-based org. every 6 months
  • Financial assistance up to $1,500 to associates who have experienced an extreme financial hardship and are unable to pay for their basic living expenses
  • Grassroots meetings are monthly meetings with Associates held by the General Manager to voice concerns, thoughts and ideas to improve their day-to-day work experience and build a better a company

 

 

 

 

 

 

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