Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 56

#19 Small/Medium Employer Website: www.sunbeamfamilyservices.org Twitter Handle: @SunbeamOKC U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City Industry: Health & Human Services Status: Nonprofit U.S. Employees: 169 Oklahoma Employees: 169 Year Founded: 1907 Company Leader: Jim Priest, CEO F or more than 108 years, Sunbeam Family Services has been a vital support to individuals and families in the community. Sunbeam provides counseling to children, individuals and families. Sunbeam owns and operates Oklahoma City Educare on the southeast side of Oklahoma City and has partnerships with 17 other early childhood education sites in Oklahoma City’s 10 most impoverished ZIP codes. Its Foster Care program recruits families to provide placement for children who need a safe environment for either short or long periods of time. In addition, the nonprofit’s Senior Services program serves needs of the oldest generation and their caregivers. “Sunbeam strives to create a workplace that attracts committed and engaged people who are focused on our values and mission to provide help, hope and opportunity to people of all ages,” said Jim Priest, Sun- beam’s chief executive officer. “The work is hard and our staff (members) are changing lives every day,” said Tracie Stephenson, chief employee relations officer. “We value our employees and realize that it takes engaged and appreciated employees to carry out the hard work that we do, which is why we strive every day to be an employee-first organization. We have to put our employees first to carry out our mission.” To help with stress relief and provide an enjoyable atmosphere, 56 2018 Best Places to Work Sunbeam celebrate “Have Fun at Work Day” where everyone is encour- aged to set up a fun event in their area. Staff members can go around the departments and enjoy the day with what has been provided. Lunch-and-learns also are held at least each month, with such topics as exercises you can do at your desk to relieve stress. In addition, staff members are frequently provided a calendar of events that they can attend on the weekends with family and friends. Sunbeam shows gratitude to its employees by celebrating Employee Appreciation Day and through its online recognition program where staff members can recognize one another. The nonprofit closes the agency between Christmas and New Year’s Day, providing paid time off so staff members can observe the season according to their custom. The nonprofit holds town hall meetings with the CEO on a quarterly basis to allow the staff the opportunity to ask questions and get an- swers. Questions can be submitted anonymously prior to the meeting. “We believe that if employees are treated well they will, in turn, deliver the exceptional client services that we are known for in the community,” Priest said. “Our leadership demonstrates the principle of servant leadership, which means that we place high priority on listening well to employees and reinforcing good performance and behavior.” The Journal Record