Many employers in Montana trying to recruit employees are doing certain things to entice others to apply, such as competitive wages, reasonable insurance rates, and family-friendly policies. Three Montana businesses were recently commended for their success in maintaining happy employees who love coming to their job daily. 

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Workforce Services Division works to retain employees for businesses in Montana. The division also staffs the Montana State Employers Council (MSEC), a collaboration with businesses and community leaders statewide. The Council is supported by the Job Service Committee in 23 communities across Montana. 

The MSEC ensures a stable workforce development system to find solutions for employment and training issues. The Council also analyses employer concerns. In June, MDT announced three Montana businesses were awarded the 2022 MSEC Employers of Choice Awards. Criteria for each business assess areas such as community orientation, employee benefits and initiatives, leadership, and workforce culture. 

With unemployment in Montana at historic lows, it is more important than ever that employers go above and beyond to attract and retain talent,” said Commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry Laurie Esau. “Offering competitive benefits and wages, fostering a positive workplace culture, and encouraging employee development and growth can all help employers build the workforce they need to meet their customers’ needs.”

Big Fork SLITERS Lumber & Building Supply was the smallest of the three businesses and won in the up-to-50 employees’ category. The business offers competitive wages and benefits for employees, including flexible schedules, extra days off during the holidays, employee discounts, and retirement and insurance plans. The company has been in business for almost 90 years. 

The Kalispell Lowe’s won a mid-sized range employer in the 51-150 range. Several employees nominated the business and mentioned the full benefits offered as well as the coaching-style management helping to encourage, recognize, and reward employees’ good work. Some employees appreciated the opportunities for mentorships open to them. 

Missoula Partnership Health Center is the largest employer honored with the award, with over 200 employees at seven locations. The nonprofit organization provides dental, medical, and behavioral health services to more than 16,000 patients annually. The health center also has a full retail and clinical pharmacy and provides health care to others regardless of whether they can pay for services. The company has been serving community members for the past 30 years.

These businesses were selected based on their outstanding dedication to attracting and retaining workers.