Quad Cities-based Senior Star at Elmore Place announced recently that its parent company has been ranked fifth on “Fortune” magazine’s prestigious list of Best Workplaces in Aging Services 2022.
This marks the fourth time in five years that Senior Star has appeared on this Fortune list.
“Earning the right to be on a list compiled by a trusted source like Fortune is an affirmation that brings joy to my heart,” said Anja Rogers, Senior Star CEO, in a news release. “We are a company that puts our associates at the heart of what we do. It is truly a love thing. When our associates feel fully supported and loved by their managers, they’re able to deliver the best care, service and love to our residents.”
Tulsa-based Senior Star operates seven retirement communities in four states, including Davenport, and employs nearly 900 associates.
With strategic moves as well as portfolio and leadership changes over the last two years, Senior Star is now well-positioned for future priorities that include securing large-sized assets with multiple levels of care. This will enable the business to expand its hiring and retain top talent, the company said.
To qualify for the Best Workplaces in Aging Services list, the company earned certification as a Great Place to Work in May 2022. That certification process included a survey open to all Senior Star associates.
“Our participation rate topped at 98% and trust, respect, fairness, pride, camaraderie and credibility were among Senior Star employees’ top workplace rankings,” according to Ms. Rogers. “Given the changes in the workforce over the last several years, this endorsement is most meaningful to us.”
“Being named among the best aging services workplace providers highlights our commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining an associate-first culture,” Ms. Rogers continued. “I believe the survey results speak to Senior Star’s commitment to a culture that leads with head and heart and promises to ‘do for each other with love.’ Our guiding principle also fosters an environment where each associate feels a sense of belonging and clearly sees that Senior Star is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all hiring and advancement decisions.”
She added that the senior housing industry must “seek new ways to position ourselves positively in the marketplace and reinforce the fact that our industry is a desirable career choice … one where all are valued and where individuals can truly make a difference in the lives of those they serve.”
Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services is highly competitive and based on analysis of survey responses from 140,000+ Great Place to Work-Certified companies in the aging services industry.