Southington, Conn. – COCC has once again been named a Top Workplace in Connecticut according to the results of an employee survey. For the second year in a row, COCC ranked second among large businesses with more than 500 employees. The company also once again earned special accolades for its management team, which was recognized for helping employees learn and grow, making it easier for employees to do their jobs well, and caring about employees’ concerns. COCC is among only six companies that have made the list every year since the program’s inception in 2010, and the only large company to appear on the list for 11 consecutive years. The Top Workplaces for 2021 were announced Thursday, September 23 via a live webinar.
The Top Workplace Awards, sponsored regionally by the Hartford Courant, are held annually. Honorees are selected based on the results of an employee survey and culture assessment with questions regarding leadership, company direction, management, fulfillment, employee engagement, work/life balance, and more.
“The employee feedback that we receive from our Top Workplace survey is one of the best parts of this honor,” said Richard A. Leone, Chief Executive Officer at COCC. “The special recognition of our managers means a great deal to us as well, knowing that our leaders continue to work hard to help our teams succeed. Employees’ honest and candid participation has given us some fantastic insights into what we’re doing right as an employer and how we can continue to get even better.”
As COCC continues to adapt to the pandemic, flexibility, safety, and engagement have been the top priorities in our effort to roll out a hybrid office model. As more employees return to our offices, COCC has been focused on building up the company culture and welcoming new employees onsite for the first time. Throughout the summer, new employees participated in New Hire Meet & Greets, where employees who had not been onsite before met up at the Southington headquarters for a customized onboarding session. Employees have been welcomed onsite with free-lunch days and a special free food truck event, and teams are planning for a hybrid holiday event with a digital marketplace for local vendors and small businesses. COCC’s tech teams have also been working on building out improved technology to make hybrid meetings and gatherings even more interactive for those joining from their home offices.
“While this past year and a half has presented us with a lots of challenges, we’ve been able to change and adapt,” Mr. Leone commented. “Our focus has always been the same: keeping our employees happy and engaged is the key to helping our clients succeed. We understand that our employees are absolutely critical to our success now and in the future.”