Utah company among Fortune's top places to work

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 6:58 p.m. MST

CHG Healthcare Services celebrates its No. 3 ranking on Fortune Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Holladay.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

HOLLADAY — A Utah-based company is one to the best places to work in the nation, according to a new report.

Fortune Magazine has ranked CHG Healthcare Services No. 3 in its 2013 survey of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.

Google claimed the top spot for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall — more than any other company on the list. The SAS Institute, based in Cary, N.C., came in at No. 2, followed by CHG Healthcare Services, Boston Consulting Group and Wegmans Food Markets in Gates, N.Y.

Among the factors that led to the recognition is the praise CHG employees gave the company regarding its nurturing workplace environment and comprehensive benefits program.

Family practice team manager Shay Rolfson said part of what makes the company such a positive place to work is the atmosphere that encourages workers to express their ideas to help improve how the company operates.

“We wanted more healthcare options, so we now have two separate providers of healthcare that we can choose from,” Rolfson said. “That is a result of our direct feedback.”

This year, the company also installed an in-house health clinic for employees and their families.

Rolfson added that the open line of communication with management also provides “candor and transparency” throughout the workplace, fostering an upbeat, progressive environment.

In addition to the constructive feedback within the company structure, people are also encouraged to have fun at work.

“I love coming to work every day,” said Julie Sibthorp, corporate meeting and event planner. “There is so much positive energy and enthusiasm from the employees.”

Sometimes team leaders distribute cookies, cupcakes or ice cream, and on Thursdays, workers can schedule time with a massage therapist, Sibthorp said.

“We work hard and we play hard," Rolfson said. "We know that our jobs matter and make a difference.”

Sibthorp said she feels valued by the company, and that enhances how she feels about her job and her employer.

“I don't feel like an employee number,” she said. “Leaders know me, and I can give advice and feel that I'm being listened to.”

CHG Healthcare Services is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the country, providing temporary and permanent placement of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. The CHG family of companies employs 1,500 people nationwide, including 850 workers in Utah.

This is the fourth year the company has made the Fortune 100 list. CHG debuted at No. 26 in 2010, according to CEO Michael Weinholtz. The following year, the company dipped to No. 27 before climbing to No. 9 last year and up to the third spot this year.

“Our defining core value is putting people first," Weinholtz said. "Our executives are trained that in decision-making, always put the people consideration above everything else, whether it is a financial decision, strategic or operational.”

He said if the choice does not put people first, the company typically does not go in that direction.

The firm has been able to maintain its profitability, Weinholtz said, by recruiting, developing and maintaining its experienced, competent workforce.

“We don't just hold hands and sing 'Kumbayah,'" he explained. “Because of our culture, it allows us to attract the best people in the industry. … And the best people outperform everyone else.

“It's not just a feel-good strategy," Weinholtz said. "It's also a very solid business strategy because when you've got great people that come to work motivated and engaged every day, you are going to win the day every day.”

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