Business Council member company Lexington, more formally known as, “Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.”, scored a No. 1 ranking this year among all Times Union’s Top Workplaces with 500 or more employees.
“It’s so important to me that our managers really listen and help employees be part of the solution for whatever challenge they’re facing,” said Shaloni Winston, Lexington’s Executive Director. “Our rank as number one for 2014 Top Workplaces proves that what we’re doing is working. And that means good things for everybody, most of all for the people we support.”
A non-profit organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Lexington has 1,650 staff, 80+ locations, and provides services for 1,000 children and adults. Families are part of that equation, too, since Lexington’s Board of Directors has been made up of parents of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since its founding in 1953. That tradition continues today, and Lexington’s rich offering of supports for families has grown to include university-developed parent support groups, family movie nights, and programs like “Sib Street,” where children ages 8 – 14 meet to talk through the rewards and difficulties of having a brother or sister with a disability.
When asked for the secret of these successes, Winston brought it back to the employees.
“For starters, the work we do is important. Not every job offers such a meaningful and rewarding purpose. I think every employee here recognizes that,” Winston said. “Plus, I truly believe that Lexington’s management team helps staff find a deep sense of ownership, trust and passion for the work and for the people we support. That’s an amazing combination, and we’re all lucky to be part of it.”