October 2018 briefs
Have 50 or more employees? Let us know soon
There’s still time to be included in the EDB’s 2018 Major Employers List. The list includes companies with 100 or more full-time employees working in Pierce County, along with “companies to watch” that are on the verge of crossing over the 100-employee threshold.
Thanks for the plug, Washington Manufacturing Alert
In a recent issue of the Washington Manufacturing Alert, editor and publisher Bill Virgin touted the newly established Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound. As reported in Teamwork in September, the MIC officially launched Sept. 26.
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Local companies among best Washington workplaces
Pierce County companies are among the best places to work in Washington State, according to this year’s Best Workplaces Lists compiled by the Puget Sound Business Journal and Quantum Workplace, an Omaha-based employee engagement software company. This year marks the 12th year of the rankings, and also the 12th year EDB investors Columbia Bank and Kidder Mathews made the cut.
Past EDB Chair Jeff Lyon, CEO of Kidder Mathews, said the first step toward establishing a positive culture is supporting and rewarding excellence and integrity. “Provide a culture that exists to support meaning work, where people get great results and they’re treated well,” he noted in the survey.
Hadley Robbins, Columbia Bank CEO, touted Washington State’s diverse talent pool and entrepreneurial spirit. “Speaking specifically as a community bank, we are proud of the role we play in helping businesses grow and contribute to Washington’s vibrant economy,” she wrote in the survey.
The lists include a mix of public, private and nonprofit organizations sorted by number of employees in the state. Employees were asked to rate their workplace on 30 factors, including trust in leadership and team dynamics. Any organization with at least 10 full-time employees in Washington State was eligible to be included.