The Business Journal's 18th annual Best Places to Work awards honor 65 Minnesota employers for creating and maintaining engaged workforces.
Aug 26, 2016, 5:00am CDT
No. 1 Small: Veritae Group
Top local executive: Sally Mainquist
Minnesota employees: 38
Business: Provides accounting and finance professionals for interim executive staffing and project services
City: St. Louis Park
WE ASKED CO-FOUNDERS SALLY MAINQUIST AND KRIS LARSON:
Will you be hiring to increase your staff in the next six months? Yes, we expect a 10 percent to 20 percent increase in the next six months.
What’s a question you ask every job candidate, and what do you want to hear? “What do you most enjoy doing?” There is no wrong answer to this question, as it helps us make an excellent fit for our clients!
What are three reasons your employees love coming to work in the morning? Flexibility, variety, valued
How do you plan to raise your BPTW score next year? More frequent feedback from our employees and continued increase in community involvement opportunities
What’s the hardest part about being a BPTW, while also focusing on keeping the business growing and profitable? It’s not hard! It’s the right thing to do and easy when you have good people. Our motto is: Work hard. Be nice. Earn trust. So fits right in!
FROM THE QUANTUM SURVEY:
What specific programs or actions has your company implemented to make it a BPTW? At Veritae we enjoy a work environment aligned to our skills and schedules: Some partners enjoy the summers off to spend time with their family, others prefer to work a full-time schedule — individual needs come first. Veritae’s loyalty bonus of [about] 10 percent of pretax earnings goes back to qualified employees at the end of each fiscal year as a way of saying thank you. Community involvement, such as the upcoming event with the Minnesota Masonic Children’s hospital where Veritae is hosting a movie night with kids at the hospital so they can feel like normal kids for a while. We have been asked to bring family members if we want, as well, making it extra special for everyone!