June 21, 2012 - Right at Home Twin Cities and South Suburbs, serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., metro area, ranked No. 1 in the StarTribune’s Top 100 Workplaces, among midsized employers. Last year, Right at Home finished second. In addition, Paul Blom, co-owner of the Right at Home office, won the top leadership award for midsized companies for the third consecutive year. Rankings were based solely on employee opinions.
Earlier this year, the StarTribune enlisted the help of the Pennsylvania-based research firm WorkplaceDynamics to conduct a comprehensive survey of thousands of Minnesota employees to find out which organizations provide a great place to work. WorkplaceDynamics started by contacting 1,366 employers in Minnesota and asked whether they would like to participate in the survey process. To qualify, companies must have at least 50 employees and agree to allow employees to take a confidential survey. In all, 331 companies participated and 71,206 employees were surveyed, completing either paper surveys or an online application.
The survey included general statements about the working environment. Employees responded to whether they agreed or disagreed with the statements, which covered topics such as training, management, advancement opportunities, morale, ethics and benefits.
Three sizes of companies were surveyed: small (fewer than 150 employees), midsize (150 to 499 employees) and large (500 or more employees). WorkplaceDynamics ranked the employers within their size band based completely on the employee responses. The top employers in each size band were selected as the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota for 2012. There was no charge to companies or employees, nor was any compensation paid to them.
It should be no surprise that Right at Home claimed the top spot this year. Co-owners Blom and Bob White take care of their employees, holding employee appreciation events and health training sessions that bring everyone together.
“I would describe my leadership style as authentic and present,” Blom said. “My employees know that when they walk into my office, I am fully present for them in that moment. I am the same person in every situation. Everything about who I am and how I care for people is there all the time.”