• CB Chamber Celebrates Twenty Awarded UNbelievable Workplaces

    For Immediate Release | March 30. 2022

    Alicia Frieze, Workforce Development Director
    Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce
    149 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    (712) 325-1000 | alicia@councilbluffsiowa.com

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA UNbelievable Workplaces is a second-year program developed and managed by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to help area businesses track employee satisfaction. Area employers can utilize the UNbelievable Workplaces program to obtain insight from their associates, create a culture that employees will want to work in, and share their commitment to workplace culture through the designation as an “UNbelievable place to work.”
    Understanding a workplace’s culture and employee satisfaction are some of the best ways to increase employee engagement and retention.
    The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce workforce development director, Alicia Frieze, said that engaged employees are happier, more productive and have a higher retention rate within their current company.
    “We are honored to recognize the businesses that have put in the work to ensure their associates feel valued, respected, appreciated and heard,” said Frieze.
    Businesses that participate in the UNbelievable Workplaces program receive a report that indicates areas of strength and opportunities for improvements after completing a survey. The CB Chamber recommends that companies conduct this survey at least once a year, and that they continue to check in with their associates during one-on-one and team meetings.  
    For a business or organization to receive the designation as an UNbelievable Workplace, businesses must:
    -  Provide data regarding the number of employees and turnover rate of your team,
    -  60 percent of your team must respond to the survey,
    -  75 percent of questions must have a 60 percent or higher score. 
    Drew Kamp, president and CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, said that UNbelievable Workplaces CB is a prime example of why the workforce development program is so important to the Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County communities.
    “By allowing the employees of our outstanding employers to recognize the amazing things that are being done within their respective entities, we assist in the attraction and retention of talent and help our business and community grow,” said Kamp.
    The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize 20 businesses and organizations located in our community as UNbelievable Workplaces.
    These businesses include: 

    Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation 
    All Care Health Center 
    Bloom Works Floral 
    Career EdVantage SWI 
    Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce  
    Council Bluffs Schools Foundation 
    FAMILY, Inc. 
    Harrah's & Horseshoe Casinos 
    HGM Associates Inc. 
    Iowa West Foundation 
    Iowa Western Community College 
    Lewis Central Community School District  
    Life Dimensions 
    Omaha/Council Bridges Out of Poverty 
    Omni Dental Centre 
    Pottawattamie County Community Foundation 
    The 712 Initiative 
    Trivium Life Services 
    TS Banking Group  
    Willson & Pechacek, P.L.C. 
    One recognized UNbelievable Workplace, TS Bank, said they are honored to receive the reward.
    “This is a true representation of the dedication of our employees and how their personal ‘why’ aligns with our overall company’s mission to ignite prosperity,” said Angela Avis, Chief Talent Management Officer. “We proudly employ the best and brightest, and we strive to preserve a company culture that offers professional development and career advancement opportunities, while encouraging employees to be part of something bigger than themselves and positively impact our clients and community.” 
    Trivium Life Services, another recognized workplace said, “our employees are the heart of who Trivium Life Services is. Being selected as an UNbelievable Workplace validates our commitment to not only our employees but our mission and vision as well. As Trivium continues to grow, we will strive to manifest and strengthen our company culture.  Receiving this recognition is a great honor,” Beverly Buol, Acquisition and Engagement Team Coordinator.
    Area businesses will have an opportunity to participate in the UNbelievable Workplace program annually. Registration for the next round of Unbelievable Workplaces will be available in December of 2022.
    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. 
    This year, there will be a public celebration on March 30, 2022, to recognize the UNbelievable Workplaces. The event will be held at the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. To find out more about the event or purchase a ticket, please visit https://www.councilbluffsiowa.com/events/details/2022-unbelievable-workplaces-celebration.
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