“At Independence, we strive to provide meaningful work and a strong sense of mission to our associates, whose work makes a difference to our members every day,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence president and CEO. “We are proud to receive this national recognition as we celebrate our 80th anniversary. Ultimately, what makes a company a great place to work are its people, so we consider this special recognition an honor for all our associates.”
Independence invests in its workforce by offering meaningful work, a collaborative environment, and the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people. Committed to its mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities it serves, the company provides opportunities for its associates to participate in:
- mentoring programs,
- tuition deferral and reimbursement programs,
- a free on-site fitness facility,
- nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian,
- year-round farm-share programs,
- well-being seminars,
- bikeshare discounts, and more.
In addition, Independence offers special perks reflecting the company’s core values including paid time off for volunteer work through The Blue Crew — which logged more than 11,000 volunteer hours in 2017; paid time off for preventive screenings — such as a mammogram or colonoscopy; and access to a wide variety of identity groups, activities, and clubs — including Associate Resource Groups where employees connected by common characteristics pursue professional development, networking opportunities, and community outreach.
“We are proud of the inclusive workplace we have cultivated and the programs we have developed that support and celebrate the strength and unique qualities of our team,” said Jeanie Heffernan, Independence SVP and chief human resources officer. “It’s an honor to have Independence take its place on the Forbes list alongside some of the most well-known companies in the world.”
To compile the rankings, Forbes worked with research firm Statista which surveyed 30,000 U.S. workers to collect feedback with the most important factor being how likely they were to recommend their employer to friends and family.