Country Meadows Retirement Communities and its non-profit sister, Ecumenical Retirement Community, have been certified as Great Places to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute.
“This honor is very special to us because it was awarded based on how our co-workers feel about working at Country Meadows,” says President and CEO Michael Leader. “We recognize that it’s the efforts of every one of our co-workers that make all the difference in serving our residents with meaning. We’ve done a lot of work to offer co-workers purpose and lead our company with innovation.”
The Great Place to Work certification process considered surveys completed by all co-workers at Country Meadows’ 11 campuses and Ecumenical Retirement Community, and evaluated more than 60 elements of co-workers’ experiences on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on co-workers’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do. Using this feedback, the Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey© assesses organizations on five principles—credibility, fairness, respect, camaraderie and pride—that define the overall concept of what an employee views as a great workplace.
Leader’s parents, former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader and his wife, Mary Jane, founded Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Ecumenical Retirement Community. The Leader family has been in the profession of senior living since 1962 and its main emphasis has always been to provide high-quality services at reasonable costs through a well-trained and highly motivated team of professionals. Beyond the Leaders’ involvement in the profession, their commitment has never changed—a philosophy of friendly, person-to-person caring that has become a Leader tradition. Today Country Meadows has grown to 10 locations in Pennsylvania and one campus in Frederick, Md., employing nearly 2,000 co-workers who serve more than 2,000 residents.
“We have a rich culture all our own, and we’re proud to be designated a Great Place to Work,” says Leader. “Our founders’ vision, our co-workers’ hard work and commitment to quality care, and our family atmosphere, help make us who we are.”
“We applaud Country Meadows for seeking certification and releasing its co-workers feedback,” says Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, GPTW recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists. More information can be found online at Greatplacetowork.com.