RTG Medical employees aren’t shy about why their company has found the success that it has since being established by current Nebraska State Auditor Charlie Janssen in 2000.
The agency, specializing in staffing nurses, radiologists, therapists, pharmacists and laboratory workers throughout all 50 states, was built on the backs of dedicated staff members, in fact, the company’s mission statement says “People are our only asset.”
This people-first attitude has paid dividends, and on Friday evening, RTG Medical’s leadership team accepted an award after the company was named the Workforce Game Changer of the Year by the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce during the 138th annual Chamber Awards Banquet held at Fremont Golf Club.
Other nominees for the Game Changer of the Year Award included Nye Health Services and Wiese Plumbing. Don Peterson & Associates Real Estate was named the Large Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year was presented to Premier Staffing.
During a Monday interview with the Tribune, Tara Lea, executive director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, said that RTG Medical is a shining example of a business going above and beyond in regard to treating employees in an exemplary manner.
“Right now there is such a high demand for workforce in Fremont and throughout the whole state, and we want to reward those who are going above and beyond,” Lea said of the newly-created award. “We are talking about employers who aren’t just providing paychecks and insurance plans, but employers who are taking it even a step further with health incentives, and also rewarding employees for great work in a variety of ways.”
Lea highlighted how at RTG, staff members utilize an on-site gym facility, have breakfast catered in every Friday morning, have access to a lunchroom stocked with certain food and drinks and if they meet certain yearly goals, are treated to a vacation abroad.
Veronica Barrientos, RTG Medical marketing and brand ambassador, said that the company can only be as good as the people it hires. Since starting her role within the company about a year and a half ago, Barrientos said that staff numbers have increased from 45 employees to 75 – the company is growing and people want to work for it.
“This was initially a 3-5 year project, but we were getting such incredible applicants over the last year that we have kind of moved forward a lot quicker on the hiring campaign,” she said.
Being nominated – and then being chosen – as the Workforce Game Changer of the Year is a huge honor for the company, Barrientos said.
“We have been around for the last 17 years, so to receive an award like the Workforce Game Changer in this community was just such a good feeling,” she said. “More than half of our staff come from outside of the community and we have worked really hard to build jobs and create a place for people who want to come and work here in Fremont.”
This specific award was created, Lea said, not only to reward business leaders going above and beyond with their employee treatment, but to also encourage other businesses to continually raise the bar.
“Hopefully it will have business people stepping up their game and providing some of these additional small incentives for their employees,” she said.
The attitude of people being their only asset brings out the best in RTG Medical staff.
“That’s really felt all the way from the top down,” Barrientos said. “It’s very common for our leadership to send out an email saying ‘we have extra tickets for tonight’s Creighton basketball game,’ or another sporting events happening – just stuff like that to reward us really for just working here … The energy here is really genuine and that’s what you want to see.”