Workplace Excellence 2012-13: From the Editor's Desk
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At one time or another, you may have heard someone say, “Don't ask me, I just work here.”
People who make such a statement may do so for one of two reasons. They may put in a 40-hour workweek just so they can collect a paycheck at the end of the week.
Or it may be that they're so uninformed about what's happening in the workplace that they know little beyond what are the expectations of their particular jobs.
Either way, a statement like that should grate on the nerves of employers who, after all, can't supply a product or service without the help of committed associates: their employees.
Among employers around Yuma County, 18 in particular take steps to ensure their associates never have a reason or an excuse to say they “only work here.”
These 18 — both for-profit and nonprofit organizations — were finalists for Workplace Excellence Awards for 2012-13.
The Workplace Excellence Awards are presented annually by the Yuma Sun and the Southwest Arizona Human Resources Association to honor employers around Yuma County who foster an environment where employees are happy and can excel at their jobs.
From among the finalists, judges selected one overall winner, plus a first and second runner-up. A separate, special award is also given to the employer picked as best exemplifying the theme of the 2012-13 awards competition: Inspiring Greatness in the Workplace.
Whether they bring home trophies or not, the finalists share common traits that make them successful workplaces — as demonstrated by their associates who nominated them for the awards.
From one nomination form to the next, associates said their employers made sure to give them a stake in the organization's success. And each finalist, they added, promoted effective communication and teamwork among all associates.
We congratulate the 2012-13 finalists, who are:
ACHIEVE Human Services, Advantage Health, Arizona Counseling & Treatment Services, Arizona Western College, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, City of Yuma, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Desert Veterinary Clinic, Green Valley Pool & Patio, Hospice Compassus, Meerchaum & Orduno, PLLC, Rancho Viejo Elementary School, Westwind RV & Golf Resort, Women's Health Specialists, Yuma Community Food Bank, Yuma County Library District, Yuma Preschool and Yuma Private Industry Council.
They demonstrate that successful employers are those who take care of their most valuable assets, their associates.