Several workplace leaders and organizations merit special recognition. They scored highest among their peers in key categories used to rank the Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces. The special award recipients were chosen based on standout scores for employee responses to specific statements in the survey conducted by Post-Dispatch partner WorkplaceDynamics. Employees rated these statements on a seven-point scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”
Top confidence-boosting leaders are:
- Jim Weddle, managing partner of Edward Jones, in the large employer category. In anonymous survey responses, employees praised Weddle for being an effective communicator who is positive and offers a clear vision of his goals for the firm. A typical comment: “Mr. Weddle is knowledgeable, dedicated and involved. He communicates information about not only the firm, but the industry, very well. He is approachable and easy to talk to.”
- Angi Stevenson, president and CEO of Chesterfield-based Cornerstone Mortgage Inc., in the midsize employer category. “Angi has been very open and responsive … I believe we are headed in the right direction,” one employee said of Stevenson in a survey response. “She handles everything and shows a genuine interest in each employee,” said another.
- Meghann Davies, founder and owner of the Morgan School in Dardenne Prairie, which focuses on early childhood education. Davies was recognized by her employees in the small employer category.
Among employers, special recognition goes to:
- Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc., which wins the Direction award by scoring highest on the survey statement, “I believe this company is going in the right direction.”
- Daugherty Business Solutions wins the Benefits award, scoring the highest for “My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry.”
- HDIS wins the Communication award, scoring highest for “I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company.”
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis wins for Clued-in Senior Management, scoring for “Senior managers understand what is really happening.”
- Hillsboro Area Hospital Inc. wins the Managers award, scoring highest for “My manager helps me learn and grow, makes it easier to do my job well and cares about my concerns.”
- Francis Howell School District wins the Meaningfulness award, scoring best for “My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.”
- McClure Engineering wins the Work/Life Flexibility award, scoring the highest for “I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life.”
- Southwestern Hearing Centers wins the New Ideas award, scoring highest for “New ideas are encouraged at this company.”
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse–St. Louis Area wins the Ethics award, for scoring highest on “This company operates by strong values and ethics.”
- Wood Brothers Realty wins the Doers award for having the highest score on the statement, “At this company, we do things efficiently and well.”
- Design Aire Heating and Cooling wins the Appreciation award, scoring the best for “I feel genuinely appreciated at this company.”
- Nextstep for Life Inc. wins the Training award, scoring the highest for the statement, “I get the formal training I want for my career.”
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