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Feb 10, 2021

Rock Valley Named 2021 Top Workplace

It is a special place — a family — that people love to call home.

Recently, Rock Valley Physical Therapy earned the 2021 Top Workplaces USA award, issued by Energage, a purpose-driven organization that develops solutions to build and brand Top Workplaces.

This is the inaugural year for Top Workplaces USA, built on the program’s 14-year history surveying more than 20 million employees across 54 markets for the regional Top Workplaces awards.

Since 2014, Rock Valley has been a fixture on the Top Workplaces list (Midwest/Iowa). It joins 23 other employers with Iowa locations receiving Top Workplace awards nationally. It is the first year of nationwide recognition.

To be eligible, organizations must have a minimum of 150 employees. Each entity was judged by Energage, a research partner of the Des Moines Register, using employee survey responses benchmarked with industry wide standards. Over 1,110 companies nationwide were part of the selection initiative.

Results were calculated by comparing the survey’s research-based statements, including 15 “Culture Drivers,’’ that are proven to predict high performance against industry benchmarks.

“During this challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draws on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business.’’

Results were divided into four size categories:

  • 2,500 or more employees.
  • 1,000-2,499 employees.
  •  500-999 employees.
  • 150-499 employees.

From one clinic at its inception 36 years ago, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, a therapist-owned practice, today features 50 clinics, with over 400 employees, covering seven regions and two states (Illinois, Iowa).

Rock Valley’s foundation is based on its rehabilitative solutions and has long been recognized for exceeding expectations in the care and concern of its patients. Dedicated to being an ethical healthcare partner,  Rock Valley is a place where each employee feels genuinely appreciated and realizes his or her maximum potential. Since its first day, Rock Valley has followed the mantra that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. It is an organization of care providers, led by care providers, who firmly believe in the  mission to improve the health of the communities where we live and work.

“We make decisions everyday viewing the options from the lens of our customers balanced with the lens of our employees,’’ said Mike Osler, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Rock Valley’s Vice-President for Growth and Development. “ It is not a secret these days if you can create an engaging environment for your staff, the team is more likely to take great care of our customers.  Being recognized by Top Workplaces year-after-year allows us to know we are succeeding at both.’’

Rock Valley, it was noted, continues to work from a foundation based on doing what is right when everyone is watching or when no one is around.  “Our promises are genuine and our communications truthful,’’ added Osler. “’Our therapists are highly credentialed and recognized as regional experts who routinely teach and guest lecture in doctoral programs at Midwest universities. We promise to never stop learning and improving. We will hire the best and give them everything they need to be better.’’

Winners were also recognized for  four “cultural excellence” categories.

They were:

  • Clued-in leaders, based on employee responses to the statement “senior managers understand what is really happening in this company.”
  • Top leaders, based on responses to the statement “I have confidence in the leader of this company.”
  • Communication, based on responses to the statement “I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company.”
  • Innovation, based on responses to the statement “New ideas are encouraged at this company.”

By: Johnny Marx, Storyteller