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Fairfield businesses named among top workplaces in state

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 29, 2017

For more than a decade, the Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces list has recognized stand out businesses and organizations across the state of Iowa and each time, Fairfield area firms have made the cut — this year is no different.

“For the second year in a row, we are delighted to be named a Top Workplace in Iowa,” said Community 1st Credit Union president and CEO Greg Hanshaw. “Moving up a few spots in the ranking is an additional honor.”

The credit union ranked 38th for top midsized companies.

Along with Community 1st, more than a handful of other places in Fairfield, such as Edward Jones, MidWestOne Bank, Optimae LifeServices, Cambridge Investment Research, US Cellular, Libertyville Savings Bank and the Jefferson County Health Center, were named as top workplaces. Several Fairfield firms made the top ten of their prospective slots. Edward Jones, which has its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, ranked third for top large companies, while Cambridge, which has its headquarters in Fairfield came in sixth place out of 25 other large companies throughout the state.

Libertyville Savings Bank, also based in Fairfield, ranked ninth out of 75 other companies for top small companies.

“Jefferson County Health Center is honored once again to receive top workplace in Iowa,” said JCHC community relations manager Wanda Bagby. “This award is about the men and women who personally and professionally take great pride in what they do. We understand our purpose or mission and our vision, and we have nurtured a strong value system where we build trust and relationships with our employees, patients and our community.”

The top workplaces recognized 150 firms this year, and the rankings are based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees. The survey measures how employees actually feel about their workplace atmosphere.

The survey was created by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC of Exton, Pennsylvania, and during the last five years, more than 4,000 organizations and 30 publications nationwide have participated in the program.

According to the Top Workplaces website, the most successful companies are the ones that employees believe in and that it isn’t about free lunches, or trips to Las Vegas. Rather, more about whether employees feel inspired, and are given the room to do great things.

“The results of the employee survey show that we have something special happening here,” Hanshaw said. “I’m proud to be part of our enthusiastic team.”

To be eligible to participate in The Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces, organizations must have at least 35 employees, agree to participation terms and conduct a free, 24-question employee survey.

For more information, go to www.topworkplaces.com.

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