As Bellmont Partners celebrates 25 years, a core priority as the agency’s grown has been to cultivate an organization that focuses on empowering employees and supporting one another to become better professionals. Recently, we were honored to be named one of Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work – for the fourth time – which got us talking about what really makes a best workplace. Here, we share some insights from our team members about what contributes to a great place to work – and how businesses can focus on creating a positive culture to attract and retain top talent.
Our Data and Insights Lead, Johanna Holub, shares one appealing quality for a best workplace: “Bellmont Partners is a non-competitive environment where everyone supports each other’s work and constantly works to build each other up.” She enthusiastically says that having a community that helps each other learn and grow to be the best communicators possible will lead to stronger results.
Making sure everyone has a seat at the table is important, says Account Coordinator Julie Goulette. “Being valued not just for your work, but as an individual is huge. It’s absolutely like that here, all the way to the top. We truly are a team, and we want to see each other succeed both professionally and personally. That’s a quality I really value as an employee.”
“Bellmont Partners is well known for having a company culture that allows autonomy for people to think creatively and lead in a different way,” says Account Director, Health Strategy, Hyedi Nelson. With this, also comes the ability to have a flexible work schedule make sure that employees have time for family and friends.” Flexibility and the ability to truly lead are consistent themes we see when it comes to attributes that help create a best place to work. In addition, knowing that a team works hard, but that there is also time to take breaks and do fun activities allows employees to recharge and reduces burn out.
Our President, Brian Bellmont, highlights the key role empathy plays. “Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and imagining how things may look from their perspective is a vital element of a strong corporate culture.” His philosophy of a great work culture is ensuring real connections and taking an empathetic approach. Sustaining long-term relationships with clients and the entire team is essential to building an agency with empathetic values.
Cultivating growth and continued education through taking DISC assessments and Strength Finder workshops, or individual courses, provides a path for employees to keep learning. Our Graphic Design Lead, Brianna Gruenewald, recalls one of her favorite professional development experiences has been taking assessments to grow and learn how to work in the best way with her coworkers and clients. “By understanding our own skills, we can see where the gaps are and make sure new team members get added to create a well-rounded, long-standing team.”
Sydney Schoeberle, Account Executive, says, “Bellmont Partners is a valuable place to work because employees are pushed to pursue their passions and learn more about the things that they’re curious about.” She explains that everyone is encouraged to join teams that they are interested in and help organizations that they are passionate about. Ensuring people are inspired and challenged by their work is a top way to keep them on the team for years to come.
Meaningful and valuable work can be created not just for clients, but also to better the community and the world. Providing paid time to volunteer has been a growing trend, one that our agency has encouraged for several years to help give back to the community. Partner Shelli Lissick shares that “Our agency has allowed me the time to lead a group for students and volunteer at Feed My Starving Children” to help fill a need while also serving as a role model to our future leaders. In addition, learning more about our community, neighbors and needs through diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives helps us all become better members of our communities.
By prioritizing a collaborative, inclusive environment, we’ve been able to grow and evolve as a company, and support our employees throughout the last 25 years. We hope these ideas help spark conversations among you and your team about what employees at your organization value, and how to cultivate a culture that helps make it a best place to work. Thank you to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal for naming us a Best Places to Work – and to our team, clients and partners who make Bellmont Partners what it is – and cheers to continuing to grow together.