SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. (Sept. 4, 2014)Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), has been named the recipient of a silver award in the “Best Place to Work” category of the Best in Biz Awards 2014 International. In its second year, the awards remain the only independent business awards program judged by press and industry analysts.
“For Talking Stick Resort to be recognized for our efforts in enriching the lives of our employees is a great honor,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations of Talking Stick Resort. “Many of our employees have been with the organization for 10 years or more, and part of the reason for this is that we strive daily to promote a productive, fun work environment.”
This year, more than 200 companies representing over 30 countries submitted their business for consideration. Those selected in the “Best Place to Work” category have demonstrated employee satisfaction and a collection of employee well-being programs including flexible work arrangements, mentoring, financial and lifestyle perks. A judging panel of 27 specialists ranked winners.
The judges hail from 17 different countries and write for publications across the globe, including The Australian, Ventures Africa and Canadian Business. They are experts in a variety of sectors such as business, finance, top-tier news and technology.
“A number of the entries in the ‘Best Place to Work’ category would have made worthy winners because the human needs of their staff seemed to be of genuine importance to the employers,” said Martina Devlin, an award-winning journalist at the Irish Independent. “That’s worth celebrating – after all, many people spend more time in the workplace than with those they love.”
“I was struck by how people-centric some of the companies were: they cared about their team’s work environment, realizing that fun and friendship matter as well as productivity.”
Opened in 2010, Talking Stick Resort is home to more than nearly 2,000 employees. The property maintains many employee recognition programs as well as the Pathways to Success program. An apprenticeship program, the Pathways to Success program is designed to hire, train and retain enrolled members of the SRPMIC.