BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WestLake Financial Group, Inc. (WestLake) was just named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™. The company was selected because of its innovative HR programs and impressive commitment to its employees.
“This award validates the culture that we embrace here at WestLake,” says Paul J. Burt, President and CEO. “We encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and challenge our associates to find fresh, creative solutions for our clients.”
He adds: “Everything we do is for our clients. We are always pushing the envelope to provide the best technology and service — and that takes a dedicated, hard-working, talented team. Our company is proud to offer programs and benefits that show our associates how appreciated and valued their efforts are.”
WestLake offers a range of innovative benefits that promote teamwork and camaraderie among associates, including:
- ACE (Acknowledgement of Coworker Excellence) Award recognizes and rewards one associate each month for going above and beyond to further the mission and values of WestLake.
- The WestLake Weight-Loss Competition awarded one hour of paid time off for each pound lost. More than half of the company’s associates participated in the program, which partnered with Highland Park Health & Fitness. Discounted health club memberships are available through payroll deduction.
- Semiannual events are held to bring everyone together in a relaxed atmosphere outside the office. Cubs games and go-cart racing are among past events.
- “Popcorn Fridays” because sometimes it’s the simple things that are valued most.
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) selected only 101 companies that best represent the most innovative human resource programs to date. Winners were selected by an independent research firm based on criteria in various categories, including: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection, and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best-of-the-Best Small Business. In addition, every employee at WestLake was surveyed and that input was factored into the results.
“Despite the recent tough economic times, this acknowledgement is a testament to WestLake’s commitment to our employees and also to our clients,” says Tammy Miller, Sr. Vice President. “Our associates reinforced our standing as a ‘Best and Brightest Company to Work For’ and their passion is demonstrated through their work. We are proud to be recognized, but most importantly, proud of our team.”
WestLake, along with other winning companies, will be eligible for 12 elite awards (one in each category), as well as a “Best-of-the-Best Overall” award. Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on August 20th.
About WestLake Financial Group, Inc.
WestLake Financial Group, Inc. is a consulting and administration firm that provides high-performance employee benefit solutions, state-of-the-art technology, and outstanding service for their clients. Established in 1991, WestLake is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, IL, and employs a highly committed team of professionals. For more information on WestLake and the services they offer, please visit www.westlakefg.com.
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