Hammer Named a Top 150 Workplace for the 8th Year in a Row 

By Wendy Paulson, Human Resource Specialist
Hammer Residences has received the special recognition of being named a Top 150 Workplace—a ranking that places us among the best of the best—for our 8th year in a row! 

The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program used feedback from an anonymous employee survey.  This year we are with large companies (500+) that you might think we cannot compete with. In addition to the recognition, this survey also gives Hammer Residences some specifics to celebrate!

The strengths behind these high scores have had a notable impact on our outcomes and the recognition is great news for our recruiting efforts! Check out the StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2017, and on Sunday, June 25, in the Star Tribune special section, “Top 150 Workplaces 2017.” 

Here are some things our employees had to say about Hammer:
“I feel genuinely appreciated at Hammer Residences.
The surprise may be that DSP employees making less than $30k were most likely to say they feel genuinely appreciated.

“I feel well informed about important decisions at Hammer Residences.” 
DSPs hired less than 12 months ago were especially positive about communication; our orientation process likely contributes to their understanding the “why” behind important decisions.”

“Hammer Residences encourages different points of view.”
This statement scored high with our program managers. We have always felt that in order to enable good decision-making and morale, we need to be open-minded and resist a one-size-fits-all approach.”

“It was written on my heart to work with people, and I knew that before I ever stepped through the doors of Hammer. Now, 40 years later it truly blesses me to do my hearts work. Thank you to all the people, past and present.” — Maggie Starr-Knox

Maggie Starr-Knox celebrated 40 years at Hammer, celebrating at Bruegger’s with the people she supports.

Sue Walker and her husband celebrating Sue’s 40 year Anniversary at Hammer.

“When I first came to Hammer I had no idea that I had found something that would be my passion.  I am blessed to have been able to be a part of so many remarkable peoples’ lives and contribute to such a wonderful organization.  The two things that I have always appreciated about Hammer are that it is an organization of integrity, and we have always been encouraged to be creative in our efforts to support people to live life to their fullest potential. ” — Sue Walker