AKRON, Ohio – (June 16, 2019) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), accounting and business advisory firm, has been awarded a Top Workplace 2019 honor by The Plain Dealer. The list is solely based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The survey, sent anonymously to all employees, measures several facets of a company’s culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”
Upon completing a year-long celebration of the firm’s 75th anniversary in 2018, the accounting and business advisory firm located in Northeastern Ohio has grown staff benefit programs and professional development offerings. Employees have access to three career coaches to receive personalized and confidential mentoring during work hours. Modernizing benefits was a priority for firm leadership, not only for current employee retention but also for recruitment efforts in the ambitious finance industry.
“Our firm is focused on developing a culture of engagement for our employees. Being named a Top Workplace 2019 is a humbling honor, but more importantly, a reminder for our firm to be held accountable,” states Chuck Mullen, chairman of Apple Growth Partners. “Our goal is to establish an environment where our employees look forward to Monday.”
Innovative and industry-leading benefits for firm employees include paid parental leave, student loan consolidation resources, flexible hours to support working remotely, and balancing personal commitments.
“In the last several years, we’ve accomplished major changes in our organization, including the merger of two firms and opening a new location in an untapped market. While executing our strategies, our employees have maintained our primary focus,” Mullen said. “We’ve nearly doubled our workforce, and it’s critical to stay current on the needs of employees and recent graduates.”
“Our mission is to help grow local businesses, and the only way we can offer exceptional client service is if our employees feel valued, engaged, and appreciated,” comments Mullen. “The Top Workplace honor has provided a path to advance our culture continuously.”
“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”
About Apple Growth Partners
Apple Growth Partners is an award-winning accounting and business advisory firm with more than 75 years of helping grow local businesses. With offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Kent, AGP offers a full range of services including audit and assurance, tax planning and compliance, business valuation, litigation consulting and transactional advisory services. To learn more, visit www.applegrowth.com.
About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 57,000 organizations representing well over 19 million employees in the United States.