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For 9th Year in a Row, ERS Receives Cincinnati Enquirer's "Top Workplace" Honor

Posted by Kristin Davenport

Jun 20, 2018 7:08:00 AM

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(Photos: Gary Kessler)

Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has once again been named by the Cincinnati Enquirer as one of the area’s "Top Workplaces," and we couldn't be happier.

This year, the news publisher grouped employers of similar size into divisions, under each of which it named Cincinnati's best workplaces.

This award is special to ERS because it’s purely based on feedback directly from our staff — not on revenue or census.  

“In our inclusive culture, we offer team members a warm and welcoming place to come to work everyday,” said Joan D. Wetzel, ERS’s Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development. “We value learning and well-being and walk alongside of our staff to be their very best.”

 

“In our inclusive culture, we offer team members a warm and welcoming place to come to work everyday,” said Joan D. Wetzel, ERS’s Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development. “We value learning and well-being and walk alongside of our staff to be their very best.”

 

Why being named a "Top Workplace" is important to us

Our mission is to provide expert, dignified and person-centered senior care to all of our residents and community-based service beneficiaries.

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To ensure that we render the very best care possible, we make sure to hire people who demonstrate a passion for looking after elders, who show genuine compassion and joy in their work and who understand that care must be personalized to be effective.

And we recognize that part of our mission, too, is to take care of our own. When our team members are happy, they show it at work. They spread that happiness to their co-workers and to our senior residents.

Investing in our team members' happiness is thus also an investment in our senior residents' wellbeing. Moreover, it's the right thing to do. Person-centered care thrives in such a positive environment. We see the results in our residents' faces. We hear it when they talk. They feel content and express more positive outlooks on life.

 

Team engagement over recruiting

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One reason, we believe, that we’re a perennial Top Workplace is that we focus on engagement before recruitment.

“We take the time to get to know our candidates,” said ERS's manager of talent acquisition and staff development, Molly DeJesus.

“Our biggest differentiator is our culture, and we’re very intentional about it," she explained. "We invest a lot of time selecting the very best candidates who are going to be the best cultural fit—someone who is compassionate, innovative and devoted to working in service to others.”

 

Senior care is our calling

For 67 years now, we've worked tirelessly to improve the lives of area seniors through innovative, quality senior living communities and community services. Our team of 700 employees in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky — in our premier and affordable living communities, in our business office and in our community-based services — truly believe in our mission.

As one of our team members told the Enquirer in its 2018 Top Workplaces survey: "I get to work with our senior population, those that paved the way for us. It's always a blessing to give and one should be willing to give back."

“Seeing the residents smile puts so much joy in my heart,” added Daneika Farmer, household coordinator at Deupree Cottages. “When someone looks at me and smiles, that right there does it for me.”

 

“I get to work with our senior population, those that paved the way for us. It's always a blessing to give and one should be willing to give back.”

 

Do you have a passion for providing person-centered senior care?

We're always looking for selfless, knowledgeable providers and support staffers who derive satisfaction from serving others. If you fit that profile, and if you're looking for a rewarding career, maybe we're the employer home for you?

Click here to see our available roles here in Cincinnati, as well as our open positions in the Dayton area, in Louisville and Lexington. We'd love a chance to meet you and see if we'd be the right fit for each other

 

 View Career Opportunities

 

Kristin Davenport

Written by: Kristin Davenport

Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’ efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25 year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin has a passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the Wellbeing Team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the Secretary of the Lebanon Food Pantry.

Topics: Episcopal Retirement Services, ers, top workplaces in cincinnati, cincinnati enquirer

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