ACT Environmental 1st. Followed by Clark Environmental
BARTOW, Fla. - If you're looking for happy employees, try Polk County on for size. A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure in Bartow and Clark Environmental in Mulberry both were named in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine as being among the best companies to work for in the state.
A-C-T was named in the mid-sized category, while Clark made the small category list. Neither company has ever had layoffs.
A few miles west of A-C-T on state road 60 in Mulberry lies another one of Florida's best companies, Clark Environmental. It's a thermal treatment and waste processing facility. Family atmosphere is a big selling point along with the employees receiving birthday parties, luncheons and paid anniversaries. President Beth Clark also endorses "safety bingo". Each employee receives a bingo card at the beginning of the month, and every time they get a safety question right, they get a chip, with the winner earning a $25 gift card.
"I'm a firm believer that if you're happy in your workplace, you're going to be more productive", Clark said. "And we all spend way too much time at work as it is. So why come to work and be miserable, so we try to have fun here too".
"I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people respected you the way they do here", said accounts payable clerk Cristy Caswell. "You don't feel like you're less of a person because of your job title here. Everybody is just on an equal playing field".