For 36 years, the Certified Angus Beef brand, or CAB among producers, has been synonymous with high quality beef. But a recent honor from the Ohio Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) says the brand doesn’t just mean the best beef, it means something else: best employer.

Headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, CAB was tabbed by Best Companies Group in conjunction with the Ohio SHRM as the Buckeye state’s best employer among small/medium companies (15-249 employees).

Bob Bethel, director of the Ohio SHRM state council, says the award recognizes companies that provide benefits far beyond wages and salaries – it targets those that act strategically to make themselves more attractive to existing and potential employees.

In fact, the award is given largely due to feedback from employees, who cited opportunities for ongoing personal and professional growth; the company’s focus on their health and well-being; and the courtesy, respect and genuine concern for employees.

Brent Eichar, senior vice president for the non-profit brand, says the award simply validates the positive culture and work environment the company strived to create from the start.

“Since the beginning, we’ve always tried to do things that promote a family-first culture here,” says Eichar, who has been with the brand for 28 years. “It’s no secret – companies that create an environment that makes their employees feel valued and appreciated also perform better.”

CAB has enjoyed a decade of year-over-year growth, and currently has more than 120 employees, 90 of them based in the Wooster office.

The award is the latest in a string of honors earned for employee well-being in recent years. Those include recognition for creating a psychologically healthy workplace by the American Psychological Association, and maintaining platinum status with the American Heart Association as Fit Friendly Workplace. CAB was also honored previously by the Best Companies Group as the No. 2 best employer in Ohio.

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Source: Certified Angus Beef