Custom Alarm was recently recognized by Workforce Development Inc. as one of the “Best Places to Work in Southeast MN” for the third straight year, at an awards banquet on April 25.

The purpose of the program is to recognize some of the best employers in the local area and provide vital information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees. Each company participating was required to complete a 40-question survey that allowed its employment practices to be analyzed by the consulting firm of Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Florida. The data was measured on parameters as: turnover, rate of growth, promotion rates, employee evaluations and feedback, percentage of employees injured, diversity of management, benefits offered, training expenditures, paid days off and increase in pay.

“Receiving this award and recognition for the third year in a row is validating to us as an organization,” said Custom Alarm CEO Melissa Brinkman. “We believe we are one of the best places to work and have worked to create and foster a culture that supports this. The team at Custom Alarm is one of the best and I’m honored to work with such a great group of people who care about our customers and providing the best service.”

Custom Alarm excelled in many areas in the 40-question survey, which led to the company receiving this honor. Custom Alarm spent an average of $1,324 per employee on training and development, which was over $500 more than the average company. Each employee received 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer in the community, and as a company, Custom Alarm has an 87.5 percent participation rate in its 401k voluntary retirement program.