Employers in Dakota and Scott Counties to vie for Excellence Awards; Workforce Development Board Recognizes Employee Retention, Shares Best Practices

The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board invites employers to participate in the 2019 Employers of Excellence Awards. The program recognizes employers in the two-county area that are best at finding and retaining employees — two challenges employers face amid low unemployment.

The program collects data from participating employers and produces a report on employment trends and practices in Dakota and Scott counties. Using the data received, the Workforce Development Board will recognize the businesses experiencing the best results in employee retention efforts and providing the best work environments. Additionally, participating employers will receive a confidential report including their individual metrics. This is the fourth year of the program.

“Being recognized as an Employer of Excellence award recipient often piques the interest of job applicants and fosters conversations during the job interview process about what the company has to offer as a potential employer,” said Brenda Beissel, human resources manager for Reese Enterprises, a past Employers of Excellence participant.

“Talent is seeking innovative workplaces,” added Kristine Clausen, human resources director at Apothecary Products. “It is nice to have a venue specific to the south metro to help showcase employers who are leading in creative workplace environments and benefits.”

The Workforce Development Board works with Personnel Dynamics Consulting to collect the data from area businesses. Personnel Dynamics will analyze the data and calculate the turnover rates, growth percentages, promotion percentages, and benefit packages for each company. A total of 37 different measurements are analyzed. Every participating company will receive a personalized report detailing how they compared with other area companies and suggestions for improving their work environment. All survey costs are covered by the Workforce Development Board and area sponsors, including Dakota County Community Development Agency, Scott County Community Development Agency, Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College.

All employers in Dakota and Scott counties are encouraged to participate. Contact Workforce Development Board Director Mark Jacobs at 651-554-5622 for more information or go to www.personneldynamics.net/survey.asp to start the survey. Deadline for survey completion is May 31. Winners will be announced in August.