Grid of Bellmont team at various events

Living Our Values – Why We Love Being on the Bellmont Partners Team

Last night, we were hon­ored to once again – for the fourth year in a row – be named one of the 100 Best Com­pa­nies to Work For by Min­neso­ta Busi­ness Mag­a­zine. While part of our team was at the Finance & Com­merce Ris­ing Young Pro­fes­sion­als award event, a group of BPers accept­ed the award on behalf of all 14 of us who are proud to work at Bell­mont Partners.

As the two newest full-time employ­ees, my col­league Michelle Cook and I dis­cussed how, in less than a year, we’ve both seen exact­ly why it’s no sur­prise that our com­pa­ny was a win­ner when it comes to best places to work. Although there are too many won­der­ful things to say in this post, here are some of our favorite rea­sons we’re so hap­py here.

The first thing that came to mind for both of us is the col­lab­o­ra­tive envi­ron­ment. There are always open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, both lit­er­al­ly with tools like Glip (GIFs encour­aged) and fig­u­rate­ly with open-door poli­cies across the board. Our lead­er­ship team reg­u­lar­ly shares busi­ness updates, ensur­ing we all under­stand the big pic­ture and are on the same page for how we can achieve com­mon goals as a team. We’re each account­able for our own roles, how­ev­er, the trans­paren­cy builds a two-way street of trust that makes us feel like we’re all in it togeth­er. When the busi­ness suc­ceeds, whether with an accom­plish­ment on behalf of a client, an award win or the bot­tom line, we’re reward­ed and join the cel­e­bra­tion of accom­plish­ing the goal as a team.

The trans­par­ent, account­able cul­ture lends itself nat­u­ral­ly to flex­i­bil­i­ty. We love that we have flex­i­bil­i­ty in both our sched­ules and our work loca­tions to make room for life when we need it and to be as pro­duc­tive as we can be. Our beau­ti­ful office space has a pletho­ra of com­fort­able spaces to col­lab­o­rate but also has pri­vate offices for when we just need to shut the door and write.

A fresh bowl of juicy, ripe straw­ber­ries, a box of fluffy dough­nuts straight from the bak­ery, an ice cold Bubly while sit­ting on the patio for a meeting…it’s safe to say we nev­er have a short­age of snacks and bev­er­ages to fuel the tasks at hand. If we have a 7 a.m. con­fer­ence call or need to run some errands dur­ing the day? We’ll work from home, in set-ups fund­ed by annu­al home tech­nol­o­gy stipends, to save com­mute time and reduce our envi­ron­men­tal footprints.

Recent­ly, a fam­i­ly emer­gency kept me out of the office for sev­er­al days, and through­out it all, I was ful­ly sup­port­ed from every one of my 13 col­leagues. From the part­ners to our AAEs, they jumped in imme­di­ate­ly to return emails, keep projects mov­ing and offer sup­port, allow­ing me to focus on my true pri­or­i­ty at that time and show­ing just how much every­one gen­uine­ly cares about the well-being of each other.

In addi­tion to being invest­ed in us as peo­ple, we’re also pushed to grow as pro­fes­sion­als. Webi­na­rs, con­fer­ences, lunch ‘n’ learn ses­sions – the oppor­tu­ni­ties for con­tin­ued edu­ca­tion are as abun­dant as the oppor­tu­ni­ties to take on account and inter­nal lead­er­ship roles. Whether it’s lead­ing a client account, join­ing our Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Com­mit­tee or plan­ning the next Health & Well­ness Com­mit­tee out­ing (think rock climb­ing, 5Ks, bike & brews…), we’re encour­aged to be life-long learn­ers and big con­trib­u­tors to our vibrant team.

Bell­mont Gives Back is anoth­er ini­tia­tive that dri­ves home our invest­ment in peo­ple and our com­mu­ni­ty. Each month, we are allot­ted com­pa­ny time to devote to caus­es we’re pas­sion­ate about. From Girls on the Run to the Smile Net­work and every­thing in between, we’re giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a pos­i­tive impact and con­nect our busi­ness and phil­an­thropic passions.

So, why does this award mean so much to us? At Bell­mont Part­ners, we believe that work and life are not just about bal­ance but about inte­gra­tion. And that as a more con­nect­ed, healthy and thriv­ing team, we and our clients will con­tin­ue to reap the ben­e­fits as our val­ues shine through our work.

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  1. […] It’s impor­tant to choose peo­ple over prof­its. We look at each deci­sion we make through the peo­ple lens. Have we sac­ri­ficed high­er prof­itabil­i­ty for the abil­i­ty to be flex­i­ble and respond to what our team mem­bers need? Sure. But it has paid div­i­dends over and over again, and it’s some­thing we wouldn’t change for any­thing. We rec­og­nize that some­times we need to be with our fam­i­lies, to pur­sue our pas­sions or to grieve. And when we do, the rest of us are here to step in to take care of what needs to be done. Hap­py, healthy indi­vid­u­als make a stronger team. […]

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