Instrumart earns fifth ‘Best Places to Work in Vermont’ distinction
Instrumart ranked first at the 2023 ‘Best Places to Work in Vermont’ honors Wednesday night, our fifth time earning the honor awarded by Vermont Business Magazine.
The award was launched in 2006 to recognize businesses that have created an outstanding culture for employees, determined in large part by the people working there. It is an honor just to be nominated among an exceptional group of local employers, and to be awarded the top position shows Instrumart’s efforts to carry a principal value of putting people first have been successful.
What set Instrumart apart in the process this year? We have continued to offer benefits that center the importance of a strong work-life balance and welcoming office culture, even as the number of employees here continues to grow.
“A lot of companies say they are customer-focused,” said Brian Leffler, president of Instrumart. “Instrumart is proudly an employee-focused company; by taking excellent care of our employees, our employees in turn come to work happy and motivated to take excellent care of our customers.”
For us, taking excellent care of employees includes providing a 100% employer-paid health care plan, flexible time off policy (with additional time available for volunteering), a free gym membership for families, competitive 401k match program, and optional work from home scheduling.
Instrumart also provides situational benefits for employees. That includes employer-backed college courses to help individuals grow their career or start on a new path and a “Babies at Work” policy that pairs with more traditional maternity leave benefits to provide added stability for new parents.
“Some people ask me what I do as president of a company that wins this type of award,” Leffler said. “I tell them that I am doing a good job taking care of 70 families and that is my priority. Everything else is important, but secondary.”
What’s the criteria?
The “Best Places to Work in Vermont” award is designed to recognize and honor places of employment that offer great benefit to both its employees and the state’s economy.
To be considered, companies must fulfill the following requirements:
- Have at least 15 full or part-time employees in Vermont
- Have a physical operation in Vermont
- Are a publicly or privately-held organization
- Have been in business for at least one year
The final vote is considered in two parts. Approximately 80% of the total evaluation is determined by an anonymous employee survey distributed in the months before the award. The final 20% comes from a committee that evaluates each company’s policies, practices, and demographics.
In 2023, Instrumart finished first out of 37 small businesses (15 to 99 U.S. employees) that qualified for the award.
Learn more about Instrumart
Instrumart is a leading supplier of test and measurement instruments with headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont. It is a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
Instrumart has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States during each of the past six years. Vermont Business Magazine has named Instrumart one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Vermont’ five times and one of the state’s fastest-growing businesses over the past decade.
Parents are a Priority: Inside our ‘Babies at Work’ Policy
We have long been aware of the child care crisis in Vermont. For years, our team has heard countless employees lament the lack of available child care, particularly for those coming back to work following parental leave that requires one of the coveted “under 2” spots.
We heard from employees who thought they had a care spot secured only to hear it was no longer available as expected, leaving a parent nervously scrambling to find care while returning to work after the birth of their child — a significant transition period.
Instrumart wanted to do something to help alleviate this stress, so in January 2022 our team rolled out a new “Infants at Work” policy. It allows parents to bring their babies to work after parental leave until they are eight months old or mobile, whichever comes first. Since the introduction of this policy, we have hosted three babies in the office and will soon be welcoming another.
The response to this benefit has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only are our parent employees appreciative, but the positive cultural impact throughout our office has been palpable. The positive presence of children in our office has far outweighed any challenges we’ve encountered (which have been incredibly minimal).
“On any given workday, we have 60 people in our office, handle more than 300 customer phone calls, and transact more than $300,000 in business,” said Instrumart President Brian Leffler. “I have been impressed with how little disruption having the baby at work has caused.”
“I have also been surprised with the positive impact having the baby at work has had on our company culture and morale,” he continued.
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