ITC receives Most Engaged Workplace award on May 4, 2017. ITC was honored in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Companies to Watch from Michigan Celebrates Small Business and as an alumnus of this award was invited to participate in the 2017 awards. Chosen from over 600 alumni, ITC was selected as the first recipient of the Most Engaged Workplace Award, from Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Mike Camarota, ITC’s President, accepted the award at the 13th annual event in Lansing, Michigan, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The Most Engaged Workplace Award is based on three areas, commitment to the community, supporting an environment of team work and collaboration, and competitive advantages. At ITC, we know that small contributions can have a big impact on not only the local community but on the attitudes and fulfillment of our employees.
Team members are encouraged to express ideas and contribute to their success and that of other team members and the company. The philosophy of sharing is key to the culture as well, with profit sharing bonuses, Star Performer awards, as well as support and understanding of individual’s personal needs and situations. The culture also has a community approach with monthly company organized activities including group lunches and holiday celebrations. We also have regular company performance information sharing and celebrate our achievements as a team.
Employees are also supported and encouraged in their volunteer efforts. Our employee staffed Sharing and Caring Committee works with all employees, whether it’s for a monetary donation or non-monetary donation of time and talent, to support many diverse needs in our communities.
One of ITC’s core values is to “create an atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment with employees.” The leadership appreciates and promotes listening, respecting, and valuing all team members, customers, and suppliers. The open and approachable atmosphere at ITC is family oriented and team members are made to feel included in the family.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a partnership of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Business Network. “The companies selected this year give us an understanding of Michigan’s successful entrepreneurial ecosystem,” says Jennifer Deamud, Director of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. “These companies are significant drivers of our economy. In addition, they play a critical role in their communities as job creators.”