The Village has been recognized as a top mid-size workplace in Iowa. Sponsored by The Des Moines Register, the 2013 Top Workplaces Survey was led by Workplace Dynamics. The anonymous employee survey focused on six aspects of the workplace environment including: direction — assessment of the company’s values, leaders, and strategy; execution — the assessment of how the company communicates and gets work done; career — training opportunities and progression; conditions — an assessment of the working atmosphere and environment; management — quality and managerial skills; and pay and benefits — as assessment of associate compensation. Employees responded to a set of statements using a seven-point Likert scale. Each of the statements was tested to ensure a high correlation with how employees felt about their workplace. The Village placed 9th out of 62 mid-size companies surveyed.
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“We are proud to be named a Top Iowa Workplace and it confirms what many of us know and feel and that is the Village is a great place to work!”, said Barry Whitsell, President & CEO. Currently the Village employs 380 individuals who provide care for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries by assisting in their homes or in classroom and rehabilitation settings.
The Village also won the “Meaningfulness” category in this survey. The criteria for this award was that the job a person does makes them feel like they are a part of something meaningful. One employee commented on the survey, “We walk our talk. We provide purpose, privacy, and dignity to those we serve.. The team I work on is like none other; good communication, mutual respect, mutual support, co-mentoring. This benefits our customers with a quality service that is appreciated.”
Village Northwest Unlimited is nationally recognized as one of the premier providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Village Northwest Unlimited builds successful lives for 180 individuals by providing opportunities and choices in residential, vocational and social programs while fulfilling its mission of providing Purpose, Privacy and Dignity.