BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Oct. 26, 2018 – Hylant–Bloomington has been named first in the inaugural Best Places to Work Bloomington awards – a sign, according to President David Norris, of good things to come.
“I am very optimistic about the Bloomington market as we see lots of opportunity for company growth as well as job growth,” he said.
Norris’ observation bares out in the numbers: In 2016, Bloomington saw one of the country’s largest increases in income per capita. He plans to seize the moment by expanding the agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing lines of the business into wider southern Indiana. He also plans to attract and develop talent the Hylant way.
“We strive to create an environment where our employees can be great during the day, so they can be even better when they go home,” said Norris. “That includes providing the support, resources and tools to do their jobs really well.”
It seems a simple strategy but, at a time when employee discontentment across industries is at an all-time high, it has made a world of difference. The Best Places to Work Bloomington award body – a partnership between Dimension Mill, the Herald-Times and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation – certainly drew that conclusion. Its survey of Hylant–Bloomington yielded resounding results.
“It starts with listening and engaging with your employees and treating them like an extension of your family,” Norris said. “And, after listening, if some change is required, you must ensure you follow through.”