In 2013 and 2018, FMH was also awarded the Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The Top Workplaces list, which consists of only 139 businesses across Iowa, is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of employee engagement, including the percentage of employees who are motivated to give their best at work, committed to staying with their current organization, and would recommend their company.
FMH participates in the Top Workplaces survey every five years, most recently this past spring. FMH's overall engagement score of 72% puts the company well above the average engagement score of 62% for similar companies.
Being named a Top Workplace is a noteworthy distinction for employers at a time when hiring and retaining workers is more difficult than ever. FMH President and CEO Shannon Rutledge reflected, "Like all companies, FMH had to adapt and respond to changing employee expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic, while balancing the needs of the business and our customers." He added that FMH's flexibility and permanent adoption of hybrid work schedules, in addition to its already competitive benefits package, "enables us to attract the best talent and continue to offer the world-class service our agents and customers have come to expect. Our culture is a major differentiator for us."
Debbie Ladehoff, FMH Senior Vice President of Human Resources agreed, "FMH executives recognize that it's our employees and the culture they create that make FMH a great place to work. We couldn't be prouder of the passion and commitment of our entire workforce when it comes to serving our agents and customers so they can help clothe, feed, and fuel the world."