SECURA named one of 2017’s Best Small and Medium Workplacesby Great Place to Work and FORTUNE
Competitive pay and benefits, unique perks, and a sense of community inspires an invested company culture
Appleton, Wisconsin (October 17, 2017) — SECURA Insurance has been certified by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of 2017’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces. This is the second year the Fox Cities-based property and casualty insurance company has been recognized with this award because of results from an anonymous survey completed by employees. Camaraderie, leadership, fairness, rewards, and career opportunities were categories in the assessment. SECURA ranked 73 among the 100 leading organizations.
A strong sense of community stood out in the survey results, which highlighted many of the company’s strengths. “It means a great deal to be recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’ because it captures the intangible qualities that make our company a great place for employees to invest in themselves and their talents,” said Garth Wicinsky, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “We strive to be a place where people want to be, and surveys like this show that we’re hitting the mark.”
“We applaud SECURA Insurance for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Certification Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace—critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with SECURA Insurance should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”
“According to our study, 93 percent of SECURA Insurance employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Great Place to Work Certification and List Production.
Outstanding small and mid-sized employers—as identified by their employees—are substantially more likely to report work experiences linked to retention, innovation, and good customer service, according to research by Great Place to Work. The winning organizations also are more likely than their peers to maintain a healthy organizational culture as they grow larger and more complex.
Wicinsky said, “Our commitment to our employees’ achievements, health and wellness, and work life balance is reflected in our growth as a company, as well as those we connect with—our agency partners, policyholders, and community.”
Associates completed 548 anonymous surveys, with a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.68. This ranking considered 74,000 surveys from employees at hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The survey included questions like:
- Do employees trust the people they work for?
- Are people proud of their work?
- Are great experiences available to everyone, or does it depend upon who you are and what job you perform?
In addition to high rankings for camaraderie and community involvement, SECURA employees feel valued by their company. Competitive pay, benefits, profit sharing, and 401(k) contributions are complemented by additional perks like an onsite Cafe, fitness center, access to health and wellness professionals, summer hours, and other creative benefits like grants for first-time home buyers and High Fives, which are peer-to-peer company-sponsored rewards. The company also encourages employees to pursue professional development opportunities, career mapping, leadership training, and continuing higher education.
One of SECURA’s most popular initiatives is a program called SECURA Cares, which provides temporary financial support for employees going through tough times. Throughout the year, employees “pass the hat” with activities and fundraisers, and a committee reviews confidential recommendations and provides support based on the individual needs.
A strong employee culture has led to financial success for SECURA Insurance. The company is in Ward’s 50 top-performing property and casualty insurers, and has earned an A (Excellent) financial strength rating from A.M. Best. It was also recognized by the TV program “World’s Greatest” for its outstanding workplace culture.
About the Best Small and Medium Workplaces
The ranking was based on anonymous feedback from more than 74,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Employees completed a Trust Index™ survey with more than 50 questions assessing pride, camaraderie, executive effectiveness, innovation, benefits, professional development, and other elements of a great workplace. Scores also considered organizations’ performance relative to their size and industry, as well as their ability to provide a great workplace for all employees, regardless of who they are or what they do. Survey results from eligible companies had a 6 percent margin of error, at most, with a 95 percent confidence level. Organizations with 10 to 99 employees were considered for the small workplaces list and those with 100-999 employees were considered for the medium list.
To find out more about becoming Great Place to Work-Certified and eligible for Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit www.greatplacetowork.com.
About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.
About SECURA Insurance
SECURA Insurance is headquartered in Appleton, Wis. More than 475 independent insurance agencies in 12 states represent the company, which provides a broad range of competitive commercial, personal, farm, nonprofit, and special events products. It is known for providing exceptional service to its agents and policyholders since 1900, and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best for its excellent ability to meet policyholder obligations. The carrier also is a Ward’s Top 50 company for outstanding results in financial performance and consistency over a five-year period. Visit www.secura.net to learn more.