VERO BEACH, Fla. – Great Place to Work Institute has honored Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA), a senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach, with certification as a Great Place to Work. The certification process considered nearly 1,400 employee surveys from across HRA’s 35 communities nationwide. Great Place to Work, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.
“We are proud and honored to be recognized for being a great place to work. This certification is particularly meaningful to us because we work so hard to create a culture that engages and inspires our associates,” said Sarabeth Hanson, President and CEO of Harbor Retirement Associates. “As an organization, we have collectively adopted and embraced five CORE values of respect, attentiveness, integrity, stewardship and excellence. These values draw us together and focus our dedication on creating a meaningful culture for all of our associates.”
Based on the results of these surveys, HRA learned a lot about the beliefs and work experiences of their associates. They learned that 88 percent of their employees believe that their work has special meaning; 86 percent feel that they make a difference at HRA; 84 percent feel a sense of pride in their work accomplishments; and 84 percent were made to feel welcome when they became a part of HRA.
Throughout its history of serving seniors, HRA has placed a strong emphasis on hospitality, care and ensuring that the individual needs of every resident are met. The HRA team attributes its success to its unique culture, its adherence to its core values, and its dedication to value-centered servant leadership. HRA seeks out, recruits and retains dedicated senior living associates who will personify and internalize their strong company values and vision.
“We applaud HRA for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance.”
HRA currently operates 35 communities, with 10 under development. As an organization, HRA is committed to anticipating the needs of a new generation of seniors. Together as an organization, HRA has collectively adopted and embraced five tenets representing CORE Values for all. HRA associates are chosen for their dedication to the organization’s CORE values of respect, attentiveness, integrity, stewardship and excellence.
Typical HRA community features include full-service dining in multiple restaurant venues, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation and a dedicated staff of nurses available 24 hours a day. All communities feature the exclusive Chef’s Fare Dining program with customized dining experiences in multiple restaurants. All communities also offer HRA’s award-winning Life Enrichment program, designed to provide social, devotional, fitness and recreational opportunities that have a positive impact on residents.
About Harbor Retirement Associates
Harbor Retirement Associates (“HRA”) is a regional senior living development and management company, focused primarily on Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, but also engaged in the development and operations of Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities. HRA operates 35 communities in 9 states and is partnering on the construction of 8 more communities in 5 additional states. HRA manages over $150 million in revenue and approximately $1 billion in assets while employing 2,500 associates. For more information, visit HRAseniorliving.com.
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.
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