Reitmeier is thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Oregonian. We were ranked #5 out of 40 Small Companies! The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by the publisher’s research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”
“We are honored to be recognized as a top workplace by our employees, whose feedback reflects our commitment to creating a culture that embraces balance, education, and sustainability,” says Jeff Nutz, president of Reitmeier.
Reitmeier often surveys our team members internally, asking people to rate which benefits are most important to them, for example. This helps our leadership team keep a finger on the pulse of our entire team. But the anonymous survey that is part of the Top Workplaces process, is allowing us to improve even further.
“We are taking Fortune 500 company ideas and implementing them on a smaller scale,” Nusz says. “We want to build sustainable relationships with our employees and believe it’s important to invest in them,” Nusz says.
In addition to our employee’s well-being, Reitmeier is also deeply committed to taking care of our customers. As part of this effort, Reitmeier holds free quarterly workshops called The Exchange. These are designed to help clients better understand their HVAC systems.
“We realize that everyone is budget-conscious, but we want them to know that there are considerations other than price, particularly when you realize that an HVAC accounts for a significant amount of the energy use in commercial office buildings,” says Nusz.
Reitmeier is equally committed to sustainability, from its headquarters with LEED Silver Certification to a recycling initiative that has shrunk its trash bin size from 10 cubic yards to 4 cubic yards.
In 2018, Reitmeier became the first commercial HVAC company to be designated as a Certified B Corporation, which denotes rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. “Through our application process, we were able to gather quantifiable metrics that will allow us to identify further areas for improvement,” Nusz says.
“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”