Semcac recognized as ‘Best Place to Work’

Semcac, which is based in Rushford, is one of 12 businesses recognized as the “Best Places to Work” in southeastern Minnesota, according to a study commissioned by Workforce Development, Inc.

Twelve companies representing Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele and Wabasha counties were rated in three different size categories — small, medium and large. Semcac was named in the small employer category of companies with fewer than 75 employees. Other winners in that category are Custom Alarm / CCI of Rochester, Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Co. of Albert Lea and Southeast Service Cooperative of Rochester.

With an unemployment rate hovering around 2.6 percent, southeastern Minnesota employers have to use a wide variety of recruitment and retention techniques in order to maintain and grow their businesses, noted Workforce Development, Inc., officials. This program provides another tool for recruitment by companies.

The “Best Places to Work” awards program is a study that has been commissioned by Workforce Development, Inc. for the past nine years. The purpose of the program is to recognize some of the best employers in the local area and provide vital information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees.

Each company participating was required to complete a 40-question survey that allowed their employment practices to be analyzed by the consulting firm of Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Florida. The data was measured on such parameters as: turnover, rate of growth, promotion rates, employee evaluations and feedback, percentage of employees injured, diversity of management, benefits offered, training expenditures, paid days off and increase in pay.

Every company participating in the survey receives a detailed 20-page report detailing the information on their company and the results of the survey. Those companies who were recognized received a special award at the Best Places To Work Awards Banquet on April 26.