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Second Runner up: Allied Waste
2011 Workplace Excellence Awards
In challenging times, Allied Waste employees come together to help one another
When managers at Allied Waste learned recently that one of their employees' sons received a frightening medical diagnosis, it didn't take long before the team sprang into action.
“Within a week, our employees put together a fundraiser and we raised over $14,000 in just one day,” said manager David Hall.
And those are 14,000 reasons why Allied Waste is highly regarded as a place to work. The company has captured second place in the Workplace Excellence awards program that honors area employers.
Besides helping out their own Allied Waste family, the company that employs 60 people in Yuma makes a point to give back to the community. In 2011, Allied Waste received the Heart of Yuma — an award that highlights charitable contributions and volunteer hours pledged to local nonprofits.
Chandra Olague, Allied Waste territory representative, says general manager Derek Ruckman has fostered a culture of support. In her nomination form, she said, “We come together to help each other through both the good and the bad.”
Ruckman, said Hall, “continues to build company morale by taking time to engage communication on a personal level.” Ruckman also realizes there is life outside of work. When employees have family issues like a sick child or personal appointment, they are free to work from home. And many folks at the waste and recycling collection and disposal company are trained to fill in for their colleagues.
“This benefits both parties,” said Hall.
In 2011, the company was also recognized for its commitment to safety, thanks to 317 days without an accident. Extensive training measures are in place at Allied Waste, including defensive driving classes, hot load and pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections to keep staff safe and sound.
In addition to safety, an internal talent management program allows workers to tout their own interest, accomplishments and qualifications for managers throughout the U.S.-based company. The result is high promotion from within and well-deserved employee recognition.
And with a 1 percent turnover rate, Allied Waste's dedication to safety and health, learning, training, development and employee relations is spot on.