For many people in business, good leadership is essential to moving a team forward.
Many essential elements, such as a company’s values, training and work-life flexibility, keep the wheel turning, so businesses can remain innovative players in Utah’s many industries.
Some organizations shined brightest in different categories this year, according to the Top Workplaces 2023 survey, conducted by Energizea research and consulting firm based in Philadelphia.
Here are some of the winners of the 10th edition of the study:
Jack Buttars, UFirst Credit Union • Growing UFirst Credit Union from humble beginnings to a large operation, serving 100,000 members throughout Utah, takes a village — and teams who work with the confidence that their boss is guiding them in the right direction.
Leading a collaborative environment with kindness distinguished credit union President and CEO Jack Buttars, employees said in the survey.
“Jack is a great representative of the culture we live in at the (credit union),” one staffer wrote. “He takes the time to learn who his employees are and strives to treat them as equals. »
Mark Erickson, Tanner LLC • Keeping the books in order may be one of the most basic tasks any business must accomplish. Tanner LLC provides accounting and consulting services to many companies across different industries, from startups to established names.
Mark Erickson, the company’s head, was instrumental in achieving Tanner LLC’s goals, some employees said in the investigation. With a good track record and connections within the industry, his team always finds something to learn from him. However, it is his desire to lead individuals towards their success that sets him apart.
“I have worked closely with Mark for several years and know how much he cares about the firm and everyone on the team,” one employee wrote. “He is a proven leader and many people look up to him. »
Carrie Romano, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Region • It takes a lot of empathy and trust to succeed in the field of temporary care for families of pediatric patients.
Carrie Romano embodies this notion, her team wrote in the survey, with highly valued qualities such as adaptability, inspiration and good listening.
This is the second year in a row that Romano has won this award.
“Carrie is an incredible role model and embodies all the positive qualities a CEO should have.” » said a staff member. “She is professional, compassionate, a good listener, makes everyone feel special and always wants to hear ideas, opinions and goals, take action and make sure the team is happy.”
Building zone industries • This Cedar City construction and steel fabrication company has grown from 80 employees to 450 since 2016.
In the eyes of staff, the way in which its leaders have adapted this growth, while maintaining its work culture and integrating innovation, stands out.
“I feel like (Building Zone Industries) is diversifying into several areas, so it can respond to growing markets and diversify its revenue,” one staffer commented in the survey. “In doing so, they also offer multiple different job opportunities, such as remote work, jobs closer to home or further away, depending on your position and desires. »
Crucial learning • This Provo-based company is on a mission to teach people how to communicate and achieve the best results possible, with virtual and in-person courses on topics like industry-specific communication, leadership, and business management. time.
According to the survey, managers practice what they preach because employees value their consistent, one-on-one feedback sessions.
“We work very well together and our conversations are helpful in giving me perspective on the company and why decisions are made the way they are,” someone wrote about their manager. “I know my boss supports me and gives me feedback when there are things I need to work on or areas I can grow in.”
Marketing Twistlab • This Salt Lake City agency focused on personalized marketing solutions for local businesses. Like many of their counterparts, innovation is what keeps them in business.
His secret sauce is to keep the communication channels open to constantly listen to his team’s ideas.
This “ensures that everyone on the team feels empowered to contribute their ideas,” one staffer said. “Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and innovative concepts during team meetings, brainstorming sessions or informal discussions. »
Elase • With four locations in Utah, this spa has served many needs for skin care and anti-aging, as well as other cosmetic procedures.
Efficiency has been crucial to making this operation exist, one employee said. In a highly competitive market, Elase stands out by following the latest technologies and offering the necessary training to integrate them into its services.
Utah Odyssey House • Finding meaning in one’s work is what keeps many workers moving forward. This is true for those who work at Odyssey House of Utah, one of the oldest behavioral health treatment centers in the state.
Often, staff members go into the behavioral health industry to help by providing specialized treatments to everyone, and they stay for the results.
“Achievements. People changing their lives,” one employee wrote about what he found most meaningful about working at the company, “and gaining a huge family of support from staff and customers “.
Slalom • This business consultant, based in Seattle with a location in Salt Lake City, helps companies with cross-industry expertise develop courageous strategies.
Employees praised their workplace for its strong values of “always doing the right thing.”
One team member gave a specific example: “Announcing the worst first quarter in company history and not making layoffs. »
Ensign Engineering and Surveying Inc. • A lot of thought processes take place at Ensign Engineering & Land Surveying Inc., a Sandy-based company specializing in civil engineering, structural engineering and land surveying.
For some employees, clarity makes a big difference in their daily work.
Senior managers are able to track different roles, one commenter said, which helps the team understand the reasoning behind their decisions.
Health Catalyst • This data and analytics technology provider from South Jordan, focused on the healthcare sector, has been on this list for 10 consecutive years.
This time, the team welcomes the company’s communications strategy. According to those interviewed, Health Catalyst keeps its staff informed of all company changes, challenges and decisions.
“The transparency here is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, at least at the highest levels,” one employee said. “I have rarely been surprised by a change in policy since I have been here.”
CUI Agency • What makes employees feel appreciated at this Midvale-based insurance company comes from many sources, but overall it’s the feeling of being cared for.
“I like that there is trust in the employees – not a lot of micromanagement,” one staffer wrote in the survey. “Seeing the numbers displayed motivates individuals to work harder and more efficiently. There is a lot of positive praise and CUI is very generous in giving back.
Utah Host Family • In a post-pandemic world, work-life balance continues to be a critical discussion for most businesses.
To keep up with Utah Foster Care’s mission to find, educate and nurture families to meet the needs of children in foster care, employees enjoy their ability to get away during their free time.
The institution contributes to this balance by offering “liberal distance learning options as well as flexible hours. Generous (paid time off) with a sick account option,” said one staff member. “Allowing us to contribute (paid leave) to other staff who need it is also very helpful.” »
Loyalty investments • Many Fidelity Investment employees have taken advantage of the company’s financial services and insurance training opportunities.
Most survey respondents appreciated being able to prepare for their license and gain the knowledge needed to move up the corporate ladder.
“I could not have passed my (series 7 license) exam without the support team around me. We had tutoring provided and ample time to study on the job. It was the best combination for success,” said one employee. “Additionally, I have since obtained my (Series 66 license) which led me to my current position. »
Market Dial • This Salt Lake City software company offers a platform that provides retailers with comprehensive testing to predict the success of their business initiatives.
Overall, its staff is satisfied with its benefits package, according to survey results, with “top-notch” health care coverage and a 401k match.
Alixel Cabrera is a Report for America corps member and writes on the status of communities on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for the Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps her continue writing stories like this; please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount today by clicking here.