As an employer in Northeast Ohio, Jennings carries out benefits and practices to help staff members discover their potential and enjoy a positive working environment. In fall 2019, Jennings was recognized for its work as an employer of choice: The Silver Employer of Choice designation from LeadingAge Ohio, The NorthCoast 99 Employer of Choice recognition for the 11th year, and a Special Category Award for Employee Engagement and Development.
In receiving the NorthCoast 99 award on behalf of Jennings, President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck acknowledged the work of the entire Jennings family and the difference that our staff makes every day. “Each of us is lucky enough to have a career that loves us back each and every day,” she stated.
Jennings received Silver Employer of Choice designation through the 2019-2020 LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice Initiative. Jennings was one of only 23 organizations statewide within LeadingAge Ohio’s 400+ members to receive a prestigious Employer of Choice designation. The Jennings team was formally recognized August 27, 2019 at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show. Jennings was also recognized at ERC’s annual NorthCoast 99 event September 11, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Cleveland
“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Denise Smudla, Chief Human Resources Officer. “It is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the leadership and all staff members throughout the organization. We truly have the best staff in the world, and we strive every day to ensure that they know it. We cannot thank them enough.”
Jennings was recognized for the LeadingAge Ohio award in part because the organization systematically creates ongoing effectiveness in organizational leadership through habits, policies and practices that build trust in leadership. Criteria also included encouraging workforce engagement, emphasize transparency in operations, communicate effectively with the organization and individuals within it, and ensure leadership continuity and stability.
“We serve as a training site for local academic organizations and other area professionals,” explained Mrs. Smudla. “We host visitors wishing to replicate design features, equipment choices, safe movement programs, and workforce development models. We create and promote programs that encourage our staff to grow personally and professionally at Jennings.”