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CareWorks Family of Companies named #1 Large "Best Place to Work" by Columbus Business First newspaper

November 12, 2013

For the seventh time, The CareWorks Family of Companies has been named the “#1 Large Best Place to Work” by Columbus Business First newspaper for 2013. The full story from Business First, written by Melissa Kossler Dutton is below.


The Company You Can’t Quit for Long


Erika Ciborek agonized about whether to leave the CareWorks Family of Companies. She enjoyed her work. She felt valued and respected.

Yet, after a decade with the Dublin-based company, she was intrigued by the idea of putting her skills to work somewhere else.

“It was hard to think about leaving the company after 10 years,” she said. “They were good to me.”

Ciborek tendered her resignation in 2010. At her new job, she gained experience working as a supervisor. When a similar job opened up at CareWorks, she did not hesitate to apply for it.

“I didn’t have any second guessing,” she said.

She returned to the company as an account executive earlier this year.

“I’m very happy,” she said.

The company understands that sometimes employees want to gain experience at other companies and has no problem rehiring them, said Fran Watkins, chief human resources officer for the company that provides medical management cost containment services.

“We have learned over the years that keeping in touch with valued associates is a great best practice,” she said in an email to Columbus Business First. “Given the opportunity, we love rehiring those associates as they often bring a new perspective and renewed appreciation for what we offer at CareWorks.”

That’s why the company asked Sabrina Gorner to return to her job after she spent a few years working elsewhere.

The registered nurse rejoined the company in August as a field case manager with VocWorks.

“It felt like I was coming home,” said Gorner, who left in 2010.

Gorner also struggled with the decision to quit the company. She had a wonderful boss. She believed in her work.

“I really had a hard time deciding to leave,” she said. “But I wanted to see what was out there.”

She did it, but she’s back. She has been welcomed with open arms by former colleagues. She’s also been impressed by the technological advances at the company that save time and make her job easier, she said.

Ciborek also appreciates the technology at the company. Her former employer did not have an onsite information technology department. CareWorks does.

“It makes a world of difference,” she said. “The IT department is on staff. They will come to your desk.”

Ciborek also appreciates the good morale at CareWorks.

“One of the key things is that they are engaged in keeping employees happy and motivated,” she said.

CareWorks gives employees a lot of reasons to be positive, Watkins said. The company offers full benefits, tuition reimbursement and free parking.

The company also supports employee well being and encourages a healthy lifestyle, said Michelle Tremains, a supervisor at CareWorks.

“We receive frequent communication on healthy lifestyle tips and benefits we may be entitled to under our insurance plan,” she wrote in nominating the company for Best Places to Work.

The company sponsors an annual carnival, has silly contests and encourages a collegial work environment. It offers ways for workers to support important causes such as Operation Backpack and breast cancer awareness.

“It gives us the opportunity to volunteer,” Ciborek said. “It makes you feel like you’re contributing.”

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