Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 3, 2021 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named one of the 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in West Michigan.
The award recognizes organizations that have thoughtful and innovative approaches to human resources. An independent research firm evaluates entries based on a variety of categories, including employee enrichment and retention, education and development, compensation and benefits, recruitment, communication, selection and orientation, among others.
“As the gateway to West Michigan, we have been very intentional in bringing together a team who exemplifies the best of what our region has to offer,” said Maureen Lynch, human resources director for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. “Our culture attracts hardworking, innovative and passionate individuals who care about our community.
“One of the values ingrained in our core is our guest experience – our team goes beyond that and extends the same level of service to their fellow team members. We’re honored to be recognized by Best and Brightest as a top employer in the region because it’s truly a testament to the hardworking people who make up the Ford Airport.”
Best and Brightest entries this past year also focused on organizational leadership in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service, it was impossible for Ford Airport to shut down, often providing services to traveling health professionals and other first responders. Through its Fly Safe. Fly Ford. perspective, the Ford Airport took a number of steps to ensure its team was as safe as possible, including extensive cleaning, having its business team work from home and holding virtual monthly meetings to share updates.
In addition to mandatory mask covering, physical distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols, the Ford Airport installed protective guards, increased signage promoting best practices and offered COVID-19 testing to enhance the safety and experience of its guests. The Ford Airport team worked around the clock to ensure the extra measures were followed.
Companies included on this year’s list will be honored on Tuesday, July 20 during a virtual program, with the winning companies also competing for 13 elite awards in each category. A winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation.
About the Ford Airport
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit www.flyford.org or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FlyGRFord.
About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, West Michigan & nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2022. Visit www.thebestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.
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