A recent survey found that one in two employees would like to see a greater focus on well-being at their company, and that thriving employees are three times more likely to work for a company with a strong sense of purpose. Alliance Water Resources excels at both of these expectations.
Partner communities of Alliance find that their water and wastewater operators live within the community and are encouraged to be an active part. This immersion allows staff to be a direct recipient of the results of their work, fostering a greater sense of responsibility and dedication. Employees at Alliance report feeling a sense of purpose in their work to keep not just all water safe and clean, but especially the water that serves their own community and family.
“We do our best to make sure our people know we truly care about their well-being, and we feel this is evident in the long-term careers of our staff,” says Brian Tveitnes, Human Resources Manager for Alliance.
That care is demonstrated in multiple ways. First and foremost, Alliance maintains diligent safety practices in order to ensure the highest level of safety for all staff. Training is frequent, consistent and up-to-date, and good safety practices are regularly incentivized and rewarded throughout the company.
Skills training and growth opportunities are another way that Alliance exhibits the valuing of employees. Through programs like Alliance Academy, the company offers multiple trainings incorporating industry-specific topics that help employees obtain certifications and licensing that empower them for career growth. Other programs, such as STREAM (Strategic Education for Alliance Managers), involves topics such as employee coaching and performance, HR/employee management, time management, communication skills, technology, conflict resolution, accounting, finance and more that prepare participants for supervisory roles within the company and beyond.
The company’s belief in robust training programs is two-fold. It allows them to offer high quality staff to the communities they serve, and it fosters commitment and loyalty of staff members who are consistently encouraged to grow their skills, talents and henceforth, careers.
The importance of valuing employees, providing purpose of work, offering growth and opportunity and genuinely caring for their well-being is evidenced in the resulting longevity of Alliance employees. Approximately 25 percent of the staff has been employed with Alliance for ten or more years, while several have had careers of 20, 30 and even 40 years with the company. This longevity is an asset to partner communities who reap the benefits of experience, as well as to the company itself, who utilizes the resources of these seasoned staff members to provide training for up and comers.
“An awesome aspect of our company is that it is led by people who have held many of the positions they now lead,” says Tveitnes, who is proud of the company’s ability to hire in at entry level positions requiring little experience, and over time provide the training and resources for staff to rise as high as they like.
For those seeking a stable career with growth opportunity, the water and wastewater industry is hard to beat. It is an industry that will always be relevant and offers long-term growth and advancement, as well as one in need of new talent. For those who also are seeking a company that they can settle in with and feel good about, Alliance is certainly worth exploring. Since 1976, the company has been taking care of Midwest and Southeast waters and the people who protect them.
Alliance is currently operating in four states, so those who pursue a career with the company also have opportunities to relocate. They currently employ almost 300 people and continue to grow.
For more information about the company and the career opportunities offered, visit the website at AllianceWater.com.