Northeast Kingdom Learning Services named one of 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont

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NEWPORT — Northeast Kingdom Learning Services was recently named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

The 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont list includes 50 companies.

NEKLS is a non-profit, educational organization that has served Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for nearly 50 years. Over that time it grew to employ an average of 60 people full and part-time.

“Words cannot express how much this award means to me, the NEKLS Board and our staff,” NEKLS Executive Director, Michelle Tarryk said. “In 2011, our organization set out to improve our work culture. It has been a long and winding road with lessons learned along the way, but we were committed to our goal of a healthy and happy organization and to one day earning the recognition of being one of the best places to work in Vermont.”

Companies from across the state, including NEKLS, took a two-part survey to determine the Best Places to Work in Vermont. The first leg of the process evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This was worth approximately 25 percent.

The second part consisted of an employee experience survey. This was worth approximately 75 percent. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.

Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Vermont and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in early spring 2018.

“No matter what the final standings, we all know NEKLS IS the best place to work! It’s made up of the most honest, caring hard-working people I know. I’m So proud to be a tiny part of that,” NEKLS staff member, Deborah Shumski said.

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