Schaumburg, Ill. (October 17, 2016)Assurance – a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage – was named by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2016 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for the seventh consecutive year. 

Assurance won this accolade based on employees' anonymous responses to an extensive survey about their levels of trust, pride and camaraderie at work. Great Place to Work® reviewed the survey results of more than 52,000 employees from hundreds of companies in the ranking process. Among the findings from the study was that ‘trust fuels business performance.’

What creates that trust factor for employees at Assurance?  

One reason is transparency. Each year, an annual meeting is held where the entire company comes together to review financials from the prior year and discuss the revenue goals and theme for the next. Each month thereafter, senior leadership provides a video or voicemail when the financials are updated on the intranet, so all employees can track the progress of company goals.

Another reason is Assurance’s internal mantra “happy employees = happy clients.” The belief is that if employees are happy and trust their organization, they’ll perform better and keep clients happy. But what’s the trick to keeping employees happy? For Assurance, it is a mix of training, recognition programs, charitable opportunities through Assurance Caring Together, wellness programs and rock star perks such as:

  • Quarterly casinos and Shared Success bonuses
  • Telecommuting options
  • Birthdays off
  • Paid day off to volunteer
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Assurance 5K and onsite Olympics
  • Rich benefits package
  • Complimentary Starbucks and fruit  

“We really do live by the mantra ‘happy employees = happy clients’ and receiving this award solidifies the value of that motto,” stated Steven Handmaker, chief marketing officer at Assurance. “Our goal is to create an atmosphere and training platform to aid our employees in their professions, all while having fun along the way.”

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity and over a half dozen different industries.

Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S. A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at assuranceagency.com.