TRIUNE Health Group receives prestigious award from Crain's Chicago Business Magazine

“Women have so much to give and we are grateful for all our employees and customers who create a culture that appreciates and supports those gifts.”

Oak Brook, Illinois (PRWEB) June 05, 2012 -- In the inaugural year of the award, TRIUNE Health Group received the title of the Best Place to Work for Women in the greater Chicagoland area by Crain’s Chicago Business, the city’s premier Business publication. With over 12,000 business professionals from over 150 different companies surveyed (35 of which met the qualifications), TRIUNE was awarded 1st place out of the 10 businesses who received recognition. “Respecting and fostering the feminine genius makes both business and common sense,” says Mary Anne Yep, co-founder, Vice President and Chief Personnel Officer. She continues, “Women have so much to give and we are grateful for all our employees and customers who create a culture that appreciates and supports those gifts.”

The founders of TRIUNE, husband-and-wife team Christopher and Mary Anne Yep sought to create a family-friendly business with a focus on the individual needs and goals of each employee. As Mary Anne explains, one of the core principles of the company is that “the company exists for the benefit of our people, not the other way around.”

The respect of the various lifestyles and career stages of the different employees and the emphasis on fostering work-life balance is reflected in the flexible approach that the management takes with each employee’s needs. The 95 percent employee retention rate may be due to the opportunities employees have to work out of their homes, and the flex-time, part-time, and telecommuting options offered to them.

TRIUNE also cares about each individual as a person, not just as an employee. Management encourages employees to bring family problems to them for consideration of what might help, such as time off or more flexibility in juggling assignments. “They are just so thoughtful when it comes to family. Whether it’s a baby has been sick, a teenager has hit a rough patch, or whatever it is, they just always go above and beyond,” says Dolores Kelly, a nurse case manager. She continues, “Chris just believes that if he takes care of the individuals, the company will prosper, and we have.”

According to the results of the employee surveys, what makes TRIUNE Health Group the best place to work for women is the integrity of the owners and their complete dedication to the overall health and wellness of their employees. “We would of course like to express our gratitude to Meg McSherry Breslin, Erik Unger, and the entire team at CRAIN’s Chicago Business for all the work they do to support and promote Chicago and Illinois businesses,” says Chris.

Details on the Best Places to Work for Women Award:

Who was eligible? Any business with more than 50 employees as of Sept. 30 in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Applicants that completed both the employer and employee surveys for Crain’s Best Places to Work list were selected to participate in the Best Places to Work for Women survey. Crain’s reached out to all eligible applicants for the opportunity to participate.

What criteria were used? Buck Consultants, a New York-based employee and human resources consulting firm, developed three surveys, two for the company and one for its employees. The first employer survey focused on quantitative issues about pay, promotions, health care and other benefits and hiring practices, and accounted for 20 percent of a company’s overall score. The second employer survey which focused on quantitative issues about women’s career development, health care and office facilities, also accounted for 20 percent of a company’s overall score.

The employee survey dealt with fairness of pay, vacation time, relationships with management and coworkers, career development and other day-to-day workplace issues. This accounted for 60 percent of a company’s overall score. The answers of female employees were weighted 4 to 1, or 80 percent. The employees were not re-surveyed for this list.

Of the roughly 35 companies that participated, about 22 met all requirements.

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