MacEl­ree Har­vey wins top marks as Ch­esco’s best place to work

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MacEl­ree Har­vey placed first among all Ch­ester County busi­nesses in an in­de­pen­dent rank­ing of Penn­syl­va­nia’s top 100 places to work. The West Ch­ester-based law firm also placed sixth statewide in the Small Busi­ness cat­e­gory.

The an­nual “Best Places to Work in PA” list rec­og­nizes the state’s lead­ers in em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion and work­place best prac­tices. The pro­gram’s spon­sors in­clude the Team Penn­syl­va­nia Foun­da­tion, the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, the Penn­syl­va­nia State Coun­cil of the So­ci­ety for Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment and the Cen­tral Penn Busi­ness Jour­nal.

Em­ployee hap­pi­ness was the most im­por­tant fac­tor in each com­pany’s rank­ing. Poli­cies, prac­tices, and de­mo­graph­ics ac­counted for 25 per­cent of the over­all score. Em­ploy­ees’ re­sponses to a sur­vey on their en­gage­ment and sat­is­fac­tion, how­ever, con­trib­uted the re­main­ing 75 per­cent.

MacEl­ree Har­vey earned its place in the top 100 list by pay­ing con­scious at­ten­tion to em­ploy­ees’ well-be­ing and tak­ing a holis­tic firmwide ap­proach to cre­at­ing that kind of pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to CEO Michelle Fos­ter.

“Our ap­proach to work­place well-be­ing is not com­pli­cated. It starts with a recog­ni­tion that each per­son at MacEl­ree Har­vey has a valu­able role to play in its suc­cess. We also rec­og­nize that the chal­lenges in to­day’s pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment can­not be met by a work­place whose en­ergy is di­verted by com­plain­ing rather than en­gag­ing. From top to bot­tom, we all get eval­u­ated not just whether our work is tech­ni­cally pro­fi­cient but also whether we help each other to grow and suc­ceed as well. This ne­ces­si­tates cre­at­ing a cul­ture which breaks down bar­ri­ers and en­cour­ages rather than dis­cour­ages. It is re­ally grat­i­fy­ing that this straight­for­ward ap­proach leads to the recog­ni­tion that we have re­ceived from both in­side and out­side the firm.”

MacEl­ree Har­vey reg­u­larly rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees who pro­duce out­stand­ing work, ac­cord­ing to Fos­ter. Ca­reer de­vel­op­ment also re­ceives spe­cial at­ten­tion, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for men­tor­ing, crosstrain­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion in lead­er­ship work­shops as well as sup­port for lead­er­ship roles in vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Mean­while, MacEl­ree keeps its em­ploy­ees en­gaged with reg­u­lar so­cial events such as happy hours, ice cream so­cials, pic­nics, a spe­cial culi­nary day and an an­nual Hal­loween party for em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies. Dur­ing foot­ball sea­son, the com­pany hosts pep ral­lies for Philadel­phia Ea­gles games while wear­ing team at­tire.

In ad­di­tion, the firm of­fers profit-shar­ing bonuses and a com­pre­hen­sive ben­e­fits pack­age that in­cludes med­i­cal, den­tal and vi­sion cov­er­age, long-term dis­abil­ity in­sur­ance and tu­ition re­im­burse­ment.

A happy work­place is worth pur­su­ing for its own sake, Fos­ter said, but it also leads to a more sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for clients.

“MacEl­ree Har­vey re­ally fu­els all of us, and we take tremen­dous pride in our work of pro­vid­ing high­level le­gal ser­vices to our clients. Clients com­ment all the time on how happy they are with the level of ser­vice they re­ceive from our lawyers and staff.

“For us, our peo­ple re­ally are our se­cret weapon.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The team at MacEl­ree Har­vey.

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