The economy is beginning to improve and employers throughout Southeast Minnesota are gearing up for increased competition for talented workers. Vying to be recognized as one of the area's Best Places To Work is exactly where every business will want to be. Thanks to Workforce Development Inc, we all now know who some of those companies are in Southeast Minnesota. McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing was one of fifteen companies representing Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele, Goodhue, Olmstead, Houston, Dodge, Fillmore and Wabasha Counties which were recognized as the "Best Places to Work" in Southeast Minnesota.
The "Best Places to Work" awards program was a commissioned study by Workforce Development Inc. The purpose of the program was to recognize some of the best employers in our local area and provide vital information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees. Each company participating was required to complete a 40-question survey that allowed their employment practices to be analyzed by the consulting firm of Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Florida. Every company participating in the survey will receive a detailed 20-page report detailing the information on their company and the results of the survey. Those companies who were recognized received a special award at the Best Places To Work Awards Banquet on April 24, 2014.
The data was measured on such parameters as: turnover, rate of growth, promotion rates, employee evaluations and feedback, percentage of employee injured, diversity of management, benefits offered, training expenditures, paid days off and increase in pay.
In the case of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, one of their benefits includes a tuition reimbursement program. This offers employees the ability complete a college degree with the potential to not pay any out of pocket tuition out of pocket costs as they will reimburse up to $10,000.00 per year.