By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Edward Jones, L&N Federal Credit Union and Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC were ranked the 2019 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM).
During the 15th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony, presented by Lifestyle Health Plans, more than 1,200 attendees joined in celebrating the 100 Kentucky companies who were recognized for their commitment to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence.
The 100 winning companies participated in a comprehensive survey process and were then ranked according to those results. The list consists of three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed).
Edward Jones, the top winner in the large category, offers associates flexible, family-friendly workplaces and gratifying work helping clients in neighborhoods where they live and work. Financial advisors and branch office administrator teams who serve clients well earn the firm’s highest honors. Edward Jones has made the list for 14 years and last year was ranked second in the large category.
L&N Federal Credit Union, the top winner in the medium category, has been in business since 1954. With assets over $1.2 billion dollars and an array of products and services, L&N can offer everything necessary for someone’s personal or business finances. L&N Federal Credit Union was ranked third in the medium category last year and has made the list four years in a row.
Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC, the top winner in the small category, is a law firm with attorneys who understand the unique challenges their clients face and works aggressively to find the most cost-effective and timely solutions possible. Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC has made the list for 6 years and last year was ranked third in the small category.
Now in its 15th year, the Best Places to Work in Kentucky program has recognized a combined 291 unique Kentucky companies with 199 of those making the list more than once. Special recognition to the two companies that have made the list all 15 years – Dean Dorton and KORT.
The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are proud to host the Best Places initiative, as both organizations support the value of workplace excellence as a key component in moving Kentucky forward.
“HR professionals are the CEO’s strategic partner in creating an adaptive advantage for Kentucky’s employers. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky program recognizes those employers who set an exemplary standard of excellence for both employee engagement and business success,” said KYSHRM Chair Scott McGarvey.
According to Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson, “In order to help Kentucky’s economy thrive, we must be able to educate and employ current Kentuckians, while also creating workplaces that attract talent from outside of the state. The Best Places program does just that.”
For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit bestplacestoworkky.com