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Top of the class (again!)

Maris Grove one of ‘100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania’

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April 24th, 2012
Maris Grovehas done it again! The Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., was named to the 2011 list of 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. It came in at number 29 in the large-company category, besting its 2010 listing by more than 20 spots. The 2011 award marks the fifth consecutive year Maris Grove has made the coveted list. Rankings are based on a combination of workplace practices and employee job satisfaction surveys. A partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Central Penn Business Journalsponsors the competition. We were thrilled to know that we re doing good things, says Maris Grove Human Resources Manager Caryn Griffith. We have a good reputation, and people want to work here. Our employees are always looking for ways to improve services to everyone who lives here. Oftentimes that includes injecting a healthy dose of fun. At Halloween, for instance, employees stage SpookyFest, a variety show to entertain staff members and residents.

A culture of growth

Maris Grove continually seeks ways to help its 680 employees achieve their personal and professional goals. Managers focus one-on-one with employees to do that, Griffith says. People feel their work-and-life balance is taken into account and they re recognized every day. That s the culture here. In addition to encouraging employees to pursue continuing education, Maris Grove offers tuition-free opportunities for them to do so. It also helps them move into new career paths. If someone in housekeeping is interested in moving into dining services, we work with them to reach that goal, says Griffith. The community has made 228 internal promotions since it opened in 2006.

Sense of family

Griffith says her story is typical. She s worked at Maris Grove for about a year and a half now. The community gave her a warm welcome the first time she walked through the gate, and she saw employees, department directors, and residents all greeting one another by name. I immediately noticed a real sense of family, and I knew that working here would be a wonderful experience, she says. Now I don t want to leave. People who visit Maris Grove as prospective community members or even just to visit friends often find themselves feeling the same way. When they experience the community s genuine friendliness and see its vibrant lifestyle and maintenance-free living for themselves, they often decide to move in. To accommodate the growing demand, in August Maris Grove will open its new residence building, Eagle Pointe. Comprised of 75 apartment homes, a combination of eight new and creative open floor plans plus freshly updated existing styles, Eagle Pointe will directly connect to Cardinal Clubhouse and thus to every other building on campus via an enclosed, climate-controlled walkway.