AAIM Employers’ Association Announces Winners of 2009 Employer of the Year Awards

AAAIM Employers’ Association announced the winners for its Fourth Annual Employer of the Year Awards which recognize employers for their efforts in being a great workplace. Award winners were announced at the AAIM Employers’ Association Conference and 92nd Annual Meeting.

The Employer of the Year Awards was presented in three categories: fewer than 100 employees; 101 to 250 employees; and over 250 employees. In order to be considered for the award, employers had to demonstrate the following criteria: programs which; foster effective and open communication, recognize the value of employee input, encourage employee development, demonstrate work/life balance and promote a positive culture. In addition, employers had to define a business problem and present the resolution through a specific people practice.

“We established an awards program honoring great employers in Illinois that recognize employees as their greatest asset. There are many employers that work with imagination and conviction to create organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resources management,” said, Mary Pille, CAE, SPHR, AAIM Employers’ Association President and CEO.

Award Winners:

· Iona Group, Morton, IL - Fewer than 100 Employees. Highlights of best practices include; Foster a culture of the importance of family as well as the importance of education, provide activities which reinforce a positive and value-based culture and show appreciation of employee contributions of time and talent by allocating profit in the form of Success Sharing.

Peoria Park District, Peoria, IL - 101-250 Employees. Highlights of best practices include; Recognize the value of employee input by conducting focus groups which generate ideas to assist with strategic planning. Promote work/life balance by allowing professional staff to flex work days when necessary. Developed a creative team-based program which addresses healthy choices in the areas of wellness, home safety and work safety.

· E.D. Etnyre, Oregon, IL - Greater than 250 Employees. Highlights of best practices include; Support work/life balance by helping employees feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Successful wellness programs such as health fairs, on-site blood pressure screenings, and flu vaccinations. Implementation of a New Member Retention Plan that states that employees need: flexibility, to know that their contribution to the Company matters, to understand their role in the overall success of the Company and to contribute immediately.

AAIM Employer's Association is a not-for-profit service organization structured to build a stronger employer community with a strong emphasis on the human resources function. We serve more than 1600 employer members in Illinois and Missouri offering a wide-range of services including training and consulting


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