EANE Celebrates 2018 Employer of Choice Award Recipients

Posted: Nov 01, 2018

Big Y Foods and COCC

Receive “2018 Employer of Choice” Recognition;

Winners Offer Creative, Formal Engagement Programs Crafted With C-Suite

Agawam, MA (November 1, 2018)—Big Y Foods, Inc. of Springfield, MA and COCC of Southington, CT have been selected by the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) as the Employer of Choice Award recipients for 2018. The awards were given at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference luncheon at the Sheraton Monarch Place in Springfield, MA on November 1.

Employer of Choice awards recognize companies and organizations for developing workplaces that value employees, foster  engagement, invest in employee development and reward performance. Past winners view the award as a cornerstone of their company credentials and often highlight the award in recruiting and retention, grants and funding applications, and business development.

This year’s winners excelled in many areas, most notably:

  1. Highly-detailed and well-thought-out engagement programs that tied results directly to the customer experience.
  2. Active involvement from top management in creating meaningful engagement programs and an understanding by the C-suite of the programs’ importance.

“We are always delighted to see the innovative programs used by our applicants to retain talent and engage employees. Our winners this year had some exceptional initiatives and formal measurement processes,” said Meredith Wise, President of EANE. “Salary increases may be more stable, but work-life balance is still seriously valued.”

Doing business for over 80 years, Big Y Foods is a family-owned, supermarket chain with over 11,000 employees throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut who prides itself on its “Culture of Caring.” That caring manifests itself in the form of workplace huddles to celebrate employees who have gone above to beyond, and through the organization’s strong commitment to retain employees.

Big Y stands out for its overall benefits, employee satisfaction, training and development, and recognition and rewards. One novel program called Building Firm Foundations is a collaboration where employees help other employees with home repair needs by utilizing their skills, expertise and time. Projects have included building ramps, fixing decks and windows, landscaping and more. Another initiative called “The 10 Foot Rule” combines a user-friendly customer service model with a fun graphic reinforcing how to treat customers. The Big Y University and Big Y LIFE, an internal communication portal, are among the other employee-centric engagement offerings

View the Big Y Foods video here.  www.bigy.com

COCC is a client-owned technology company serving more than 200 financial institutions for over 50 years. With more than 500 employees, the company offers profit sharing when objectives are met, a rich total rewards package and an extremely generous PTO plan. In fact, new employees begin with four weeks of PTO.

Employees receive continuous feedback from multiple channels, including a peer-driven acknowledgement program and regular check-ins from the management team. One of the cornerstones of its successful culture is the Peer2Peer program, which recognize when coworkers go above and beyond and celebrates winners quarterly with recognition, gifts, and food. COCC uses regular benchmarking to assess compensation, and overall satisfaction is 89 percent.

View the COCC video here. www.cocc.com

Employers from the Northeast who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to apply for EANE’s annual Employer of Choice award; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Entrants are judged in areas that include: company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward.

Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk.  More than 900 members utilize the human resource information/hotline, learning and development and specialized human resource services.   www.eane.org