Plante Moran and William Vaughan Co. honored with Toledo-area Top Workplace awards

Written on Jul 11, 2019

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager

Plante Moran and William Vaughan Company have been named sixth and seventh top small workplaces in the Toledo area, respectively, by The Blade. Both companies attributed the award to their flexibility and dedication to creating a great culture for their employees.

WilliamVaughan_group“Having a good culture is more than just the perks that go along with it,” said Sharon Trabbic, PAFM, William Vaughan chief operation officer. “We think we have really good perks...our benefit packages are pretty strong, we have a flexible workspace, all of that those things that we call perks, but it's more than that. It's the respect and the comradery, the fun, those kinds of things.”

Plante Moran, which also just celebrated 21 years on Fortune’s 100 Best List, boasts a flexible work schedule. Yvonne McNulty, CPA, Toledo managing partner, said the firm was an early adopter of flexible work and parental leave.

“We have a WorkFlex committee made up of partners and staff who work together to provide programs and policies to help staff balance work and personal lives,” McNulty said. “That was amazing to me when I came to this firm, and it’s great that it's catching on in society. It has really helped our culture become known as one of the greatest out there.”

Amy Crow, William Vaughan Company HR & recruiting coordinator, said she thinks another big reason for the award is the company’s commitment to communication across their more than  100 employees.

“We try to hold monthly team meetings or will hold a stand-up meeting if there's something pressing and there’s not time to run a team meeting. So, we do try to be as transparent as we can be.”

PlanteMoran_staffMcNulty said Plante Moran has several inclusion groups that also contribute to their work culture.

“We have a diversity program which includes African American and Pride Resource Groups. And we have a Women in Leadership program aimed at advancing women leaders in the firm. These programs were set up to help staff expand their networks and professional development and provide the firm with a diverse pipeline of future leaders.”

Both companies have mottos to ensure they uphold  their beliefs. William Vaughan Company has four company values: fun, communication, respect and flexibility.

“These values describe how we act, work together and treat each other,” their value statement reads. “We will be successful by embracing them in our actions and our communications with each other, our clients and our community.”

“‘We care,’ is our tagline,” McNulty said. “When staff joins the firm, they get a golden ruler that has the words, ‘we care’ etched on it. This is a reminder that we have to apply this golden rule to how we work with our clients, each other and our community.”

The Top Workplace award, which is determined by anonymous surveys distributed throughout the company’s employees, is an indication that “the team as a whole respects each other,” said Crow.

“You can ask anyone from the very youngest or newest of staff to people who have been here for years, and they’ll all tell you we’re focused on how great we treat our people and our clients,” said McNulty. “And I think that really makes it such an enjoyable place to work and a great organization to be a part of.”

TOP: William Vaughan Company gathered in front of their office for an all-staff photo.

BOTTOM: Plante Moran takes pride in giving back to the community. This is one of their many “Staff in Action” projects for which they collected home necessities for people in need.

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