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MediRevv makes Coolest Places to Work list: What Culture Awards Really Mean

award_photo.jpegMediRevv is experiencing an overcrowding issue currently, although it’s not what you might think. The display case in our lobby is tight on space, as we’ve brought home six workplace awards in the past nine months, to join the many growth, culture, and client-rated honors we have received since 2011.

This is a great problem to have, of course. It seems like the right time to reflect on what “bringing home some hardware” actually means to us as a company and as employees.

Last week, MediRevv ranked #8 at the Corridor Business Journal’s Coolest Places to Work awards in the large business category. This award is based solely upon anonymous responses provided by MediRevvers in a comprehensive workplace survey. Previously, we were #3 in 2014 and #4 in 2013 and, of note, we were one of only three companies to make CBJ’s Coolest and Fastest Growing Companies lists in 2016.

Skip to the end of this post if you’re interested in a short list of the culture-based awards MediRevv has accumulated since last September. Read on for some frank thoughts about how we use awards to propel us forward.

We are not, and never will be, a “shoo-in” for workplace or corporate culture awards. We work hard for culture-based awards, and there are years we fall short. For survey-based awards, honest employee feedback is the real impetus behind submitting our nominations each year. We pore over our results, especially employee suggestions and comments, both to take the pulse of our employees and to find new ideas to add to our arsenal of workplace fun and fulfillment.

Each honor carries a growing sense of responsibility. Of course we’re stoked about our wins, and we find plenty of ways to celebrate. Yet every new award raises the bar just a little (ok, maybe a lot). Looking back to “what we did” is only valuable if it helps us shape what we do next.

We’re not the only company putting employees first. We are keenly aware that there are other fast growing entrepreneurial companies who are also placing priority on both people and profits, with phenomenal success. Our goal is not to compete, ironically, but to collaborate and learn from our peers nationally, regionally, and locally.

We are constantly pushing ourselves to improve. Several members of our operations leadership team recently attended Workplace (R)evolution, a local event homing in on employee engagement, workplace culture, and transformational leadership. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Shifting our focus from employee engagement to employee alignment is the secret to resilience. We may have engaged team members, but if they aren’t aligned with our vision and strategy, we won’t be moving forward full tilt. 
  • The best team members have purpose, and the best leaders provide their teams with a purpose. Following this line, recruiting and promoting based on purpose actually strengthens our brand.

This last point falls in step perfectly with our brand concept, that clients choose MediRevv because of what we believe, not what we “sell” — it’s our clear approach, our commitment to results and most importantly, the trust we place in our educated, compassionate employees that set us apart.

Thanks for reading. Here’s that list of workplace awards we mentioned at the beginning.

National:

Modern Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare (2011-12, 2015) is a ranked list of healthcare companies based on employee responses to a survey addressing leadership and planning, culture and communications, working environment, training and development, and more.

Becker’s Healthcare 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare (2016) is an alphabetical list of healthcare providers and partners noted for excellence in benefits, professional development, a sense of community among employees and much more.

Inc 50 Best Workplaces (2016) is the first measurement of American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-of-the-art techniques to keep their staff happy and productive.

Regional:

Des Moines Register 150 Top Workplaces in Iowa (2012-2015) is based solely on results of a workplace satisfaction survey sent to all MediRevv employees based in Iowa.

Cedar Rapids Gazette Business 380 Excellence Awards (2015). MediRevv was runner up in the Culture category in 2015, the inaugural year for this venue.

Local:

Corridor Business Journal’s Coolest Places to Work (2013-14, 2016) is the survey-based award that inspired this post in the first place.

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