Every two years Madison Magazine invites local businesses, government agencies and not-for-profits to take part in their “ Best Places to Work 2014” contest, in hopes of stealing a top spot on the list. Although the winners were split into three size categories (1–10 employees, 11–99 and 100+) they shared similar answers when describing their co-workers and leadership in their respective companies. They all referred to their colleagues as family. We are proud to say Century 21 Affiliated is this year’s “Best Places to Work” winner in the 100+ category!
Among its many praises, Century 21 Affiliated, was noted for being aware of the employees want for growth and development within their careers and being flexible to their needs. Accounting manager, Heather Dotzauer, first started with Century 21 Affiliated answering phones part-time while in college. She has now been with the company 13 years and refers to her co-workers as her “second family.”
President Dan Kruse explains, “We like to look within for growth. We love to support people, whether it’s our front desk person getting a real estate license, a new mother or someone looking to go back to school. If someone wants to grow as a human, we want to support that.”
Even in lean times, Century 21 Affiliated has prospered. Last year, we grew in profit by over ninety percent,” says Jason Fowler, who also worked his way up from the front desk, and who is now corporate project manager, as well as a licensed Realtor. “We are number one [in sales] out of 7,100 locations worldwide.”
Fowler explains, “We've always had owners who care about what you do. You can see that in the nine staff members that work here. Half of us have been here for ten years.” Getting along with your co-workers also helps. Fowler says that at a lot of workplaces, “people will want to go on vacation to get away from the people they work with. We go on vacation together.”
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