Recently Rio Grande was honored with two awards that recognize our ongoing efforts to constantly enhance the work/life balance at Rio!
In late October, the Association of Commerce and Industry awarded Rio Grande the 2010 VIVA Award. VIVA, an acronym for for vision, investment, vitality, and action, recognizes New Mexico businesses that embody these four attributes. Award winners must have a unique vision or corporate philosophy, they must value a strong investment in company employees and the community, they must show vitality through growth or financial strength, and they must take action to make New Mexico a better place to live. We were very pleased to have received this honor along with other great businesses throughout New Mexico.
Rio Grande was also recognized as one of New Mexico’s “Best Places to Work”! Each year, the New Mexico Business Weekly honors 30 New Mexico companies for their cultivation of happy, healthy, and professionally satisfied work forces. “Best Places to Work” award-winners are chosen based upon the philosophy, practices, and benefits of the company, combined with responses to an anonymous associate satisfaction survey.
Molly Bell, Rio Grande Director, shared her thoughts with me about our ongoing journey,
It feels good to be recognized by these awards and we are humbled to be included among the very best places to work in New Mexico. We are especially proud of the integrity and dedication of our associates who represent Rio everyday as they serve our customers, suppliers and each other in a manner that reflects our principles. We’ll never lose our passion to be the best we can be and seek opportunities for improvement – but it does feel really good to know that what we are doing is making a difference! We’ll keep investing in associate development and valuing each person for their unique contribution.
Since we were given this award based upon associate surveys, I decided that no blog post on this topic would be complete without a few words from the people who work here. Jean Cousins, customer service representative, has been at Rio for 10 years, and says, “It really came as no surprise that we were honored as one of the Best Places to Work. When you have a voice with a company and your input is truly valued, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride that is immeasurable.”
Steven Candelaria, of Rio’s Will Call team, adds, “There are not many places that someone can get up in the morning knowing that they’re going to have a great day. A great day made possible by the foundations set by the people at Rio. From our guiding principles, to our awesome benefits, to our personal empowerment; Rio Grande has been the very best place I’ve ever worked”
Long-time Rio associate Kathy Muller says, “With my 18th anniversary coming up, I can truly say that Participative Management, the Leadership Group, and my fellow associates create a synergy that makes this an awesome place to work.“
I recently heard Alan Bell, one of Rio’s directors, say something really cool that gets to the heart of how things work here:
We are always learning. We are still a work in progress. Everyone here at Rio can identify opportunities for improvement. Ways we can be better. Ways we can come closer to being the profoundly effective organization we aspire to being. And that is the wonderful thing about participative management at its best. 330 people looking ahead to how we can be better.
We are pleased and humbled by these two acknowledgments, but it is truly the people who make Rio Grande the company it is and make it a great place to work! Everyone works together to create an environment wherein we can all say we love to come to work.