PLANTATION, Fla., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, Solstice Benefits, Inc. (Solstice) was named one of Florida's Best Companies To Work For, moving up again this year from No. 17 to No. 2. Solstice has achieved marked growth while maintaining its family-like culture and high employee engagement.
The fifth annual Best Companies list appears in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine.
One-hundred companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories with Solstice taking the No. 2 spot in the mid-sized company category.
"As a fast-growing organization, preserving the small-company atmosphere can be challenging. I'm proud that Solstice continues to grow and expand while keeping true to our values of integrity, innovation, team work and our unique family culture," said Solstice chief operating officer, Carlos Ferrera. "Our team is engaged, passionate, driven and creative; they are the reason behind our growth and our successes. It's essential for our company to reward our team with rich benefits, events, wellness programs, educational opportunities, development paths and provide a place where they feel happy and proud to come to day in and day out."
Earning INC's HIRE Power award for job creation as well as being named a South Florida Healthiest Employer and American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Platinum Level organization are attestations to Solstice's commitment to employee wellness, engagement and overall satisfaction. Through a mix of monthly events, wellness initiatives, team-building activities and career development opportunities, Solstice offers a well-rounded benefits program. Solstice promoted over 16 percent of their workforce in 2012, created an additional 37 jobs in the local community and increased employee wellness program budget by 65 percent.
"Our Best Companies coverage this year is simple and direct: We went to the employees of the Best Companies To Work For and asked them to tell us what they like most about working where they work," says Mark Howard, executive editor. "The responses are illuminating. Some of them highlight innovative perks, benefits and incentives, while others reveal how these top companies communicate effectively with their employees and empower every worker to make decisions. We hope these ideas are instructive for other companies that are looking to create a Best Companies-type workplace."
The Best Companies To Work For In Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and is endorsed by the HR Florida State Council. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.
"A happier staff is one that is engaged with the company, its products, and its objectives," says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty. "Those are the type of employees who carry the message out to clients and help the company grow. It's our pleasure to recognize those great companies and encourage others to join them in building Florida's competitive advantage."
View Solstice's ranking and the full list of 100 Best Companies To Work For In Florida, www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies.
Solstice Benefits, Inc. is a privately held Florida life and health insurer based in Plantation, Fla. Solstice offers various types of dental and vision insurance and discount products, as well as administers and markets pharmaceutical, life and short- and long-term disability benefits plans. Solstice and its affiliates also offer Third Party Administration (TPA) services in the Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia markets—and are in the process of expanding nationwide. It was named one of "Florida's Best Companies to Work For" for the third consecutive year by Florida Trend and ranked No. 15 in the Insurance Industry on Inc. magazine's 2012 "America's Fastest Growing Companies" list. Recently, the company was awarded accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), indicating dedication to quality and excellence in business practices. For information on Solstice, contact 1.877.760.2247 or visit www.SolsticeBenefits.com.
About Florida Trend
Florida Trend magazine provides excellent, forward-looking, and in-depth reporting on business, finance and public policy in Florida. Florida Trend reaches more than 250,000 business executives, government officials and civic leaders. In addition, the magazine's website reaches approximately 80,000 unique visitors monthly. For more information, visit www.FloridaTrend.com.
About Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners to establish and manage "Best Places to Work," "Best Companies" and "Best Employers" programs. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies that have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence. For more information, visit www.BestCompaniesGroup.com.
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