Boy, are we excited (and proud, yet humble) to announce that Peel & Holland, Inc. was named #1 on the list of “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” for 2021. What an honor! Woot! Woot!!
Peel & Holland, Inc., the top winner in the small business category, provides insurance services to businesses, families, employers, and public entities in 36 states. With five locations across Western and South-Central Kentucky, they pride in being more than a typical insurance agency quoting policies. Instead, they strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their employees, the success of their clients, and the future of the communities where they live and work. They are recognized as a Top 100 in the nation “Best Practices Agency” by the Independent Insurance Agents of America. Peel & Holland, Inc. has made the list for four years and last year was ranked eighth in the small category.
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Four years ago, Peel & Holland was first featured among the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the Commonwealth’s best employers and providing organizations with valuable employee feedback. By participating, Peel & Holland has the opportunity to share our successes as well as receive valuable input from our team. The process is anonymous, so employees can comfortably share how they “really feel” about working for us.
In 2021, we again took the #1 spot among small businesses with 15-149 employees. This achievement stands out more than ever before, because, let’s face it – the last year was a rough one. Many companies like ours struggled, and employees felt the stress. Yet Peel & Holland was able to rise up.
Here is our story that we shared as part of our Best Places to Work in Kentucky nomination:
In a year of unexpected changes, Peel & Holland was put to the test, yet has persevered and even excelled in some ways we could have never anticipated. Our team faced apprehension as we transitioned to a remote workforce and were deeply burdened to see so many of our clients struggle. Yet through it all, the Peel & Holland team rose up. Although situations changed daily, our culture never faltered. In fact, many employees say that despite it all, we have become a stronger team in 2020.
The Peel & Holland leadership team responded quickly and with incredible transparency. They communicated the knowns and unknowns to our staff as a whole, while also taking great measures to address individual circumstances with compassion. We were quickly equipped to do our jobs remotely, were given the tools to address our clients’ COVID-related issues, and received many internal check-ins to ensure we were each coping well.
Peel & Holland could have cancelled many of our typical programs, but instead, we empowered our teams to create alternative events for our clients, employees, vendors and community. Rather than canceling our traditional vendor appreciation day, we hosted 100+ video calls to provide time for employees to deepen their most important relationships. Also, we reimagined our quarterly leadership workshops, shifting to a monthly virtual format and boldly tackled timely issues including racial diversity. To stay connected as a team, we held virtual “happy hour” meetings where we played games and shared some laughs.
Often, our team has stated that working at Peel & Holland is like having another family. In 2020, this proved to be true. When we unexpectedly lost a team member, we grieved together and comforted one another. As stress mounted for those facing childcare and school responsibilities, we filled in for one another at work. When team members were sick, we delivered meals, checked in, and prayed. To boost morale, surprise work-at-home survival packages were delivered to each employee. We felt pride as we reallocated funds to send meals to front-line workers and donations to multiple relief agencies. Peel & Holland is a best place to work because, together, we truly live out our mantra, “We passionately care.”
“We cherish the honor of a #1 rank. Being named ‘best’ is a testament to our team, and I’m so very proud of each and every one of them. Our culture speaks to the core values we’ve established as a company, and I’m humbled to watch our team live out those values as they serve our clients,” commented company president Roy Riley. “Like everyone, we faced unexpected challenges over the last year, and instead of succumbing to daunting times, our team rose up to support one another and positively impact our communities. This award is a reflection of them, and I feel such pride in our team.”
The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce host the Best Places initiative. Peel & Holland is honored to come alongside them to support the value of workplace excellence as a key component in moving Kentucky forward. We offer congratulations to all of the winners, including the two other #1 ranking organizations, Kentucky Lottery Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Peel & Holland Team, Pictured at Top (from left to right):
Accepting Award at the 2021 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Gala in Lexington, KY – June 17, 2021
Kelly Harding, VP of Benefits & Wellness
Allie Gibbs, Marketing Manager
Paul Corder, Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing
Janice Winder, Human Resources Generalist / Team Champion