• CB Chamber Recognizes Council Bluffs Businesses as Unbelievable Workplaces

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWAUnbelievable Workplaces is a pilot program developed and run by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to help area businesses track employee satisfaction. Area employers are able to utilize the Unbelievable Workplaces program to obtain insight from their associates, create a culture that employees will want to work in, and share their status to get recognized for the culture as an unbelievable place to work.
    Understanding the culture of your workplace is the best way to increase employee engagement and retention. Promoting to potential applicants that your business has been awarded this badge of honor by your staff positions a business to have better recruitment opportunities.
    “According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), when an organization has a strong culture, three things happen: employees know how top management wants them to respond to any situation, employees believe that the expected response is the proper one, and employees know that they will be rewarded for demonstrating the organization's values,” says Alicia Frieze, workforce development director for the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.
    According to a recent survey conducted by SHRM, one in four workers dreads going to work because they say the culture is toxic. In the past five years turnover directly related to organizational culture has cost 223 billion dollars. 58% of employees say they left their job because of the culture. Business that participate in the Unbelievable Workplaces program, receive a report that indicates that areas of strengths and opportunities for improvements. 
    In order for a business or organization to be receive the designation as an Unbelievable Workplaces, the following qualifications must be met:

    1. Provides the number of associates & their current turnover rate.
    2. At least 60% of their employees must respond to the survey.
    3. Receive an overall “Green” level score, as assessed by their employees.
    “We are so excited to recognize and celebrate several of our great members and community employers who have received the designation of being an Unbelievable Workplace!” says Drew Kamp, president & CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.  “These entities do so much good in our community and are making a positive impact in the lives of their employees as well. We thank them for their ongoing support and for helping Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County attract and retain the best talent possible!”
    The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize these 16 businesses or organizations located in our community as Unbelievable Workplaces!  These businesses include:
    • Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation
    • Career EdVantage
    • Council Bluffs Community School District
    • FAMILY, Inc
    • HGM Associates Inc.
    • Iowa West Foundation
    • Iowa Western Community College
    • Lewis Central Community School District
    • Life Dimensions by Ilona
    • Omni Dental Centre
    • Petersen Law PLLC
    • Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
    • Promise Partners
    • The 712 Initiative
    • TS Banking Group
    • Willson & Pechacek, P.L.C.
    “As an organization, we strive to attract and retain talented and dedicated staff members. We value providing a workplace in which employees thrive so they can provide the best educational experience for our students,” says Dr. Vickie Murillo, superintendent of Council Bluffs Community School District.  “Through this survey, we knew we would gain insight into areas of strength and areas where we can continue to improve. We appreciate the CB Chamber for providing this opportunity to us, and we are proud to be among the first organizations in the city to be named to this list.
    Area businesses will have an opportunity to participate in Unbelievable Workplaces annually.  Registration for the next round of Unbelievable Workplaces will be available in December of 2021.  For more information regarding how your business or organization can participate in this program, please contact Alicia Frieze, workforce development director at the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, at (712) 325-1000 or alicia@councilbluffsiowa.com.
    "The climate of a school district and any school building is one of the most important factors in finding success in our efforts to help kids thrive. We have a great sense of pride at Lewis Central, but considering the challenges relating to the pandemic this year, it's a wonderful honor to see that pride recognized through being named an Unbelievable Workplace by our Chamber of Commerce,” says Dr. Eric D. Knost, superintendent of Lewis Central Community Schools.