Franklin Building Supply is a ‘Best Places to Work’ winner

Franklin Building Supply has been named as a 2019 winner by the “Best Places to Work in Idaho” program.

The Boise-based pro dealer is a top 10 honoree in the “macro employers” category for companies with 250 employees or more.

The Best Places to Work in Idaho Program was created to identify, promote, and support Idaho’s best employers. The program “is not a beauty contest,” according to Best Places to Work in Idaho. Honorees are identified based on the results of a confidential employee survey.

Other companies in this year’s top 10 include businesses with a national presence such as Citi, T-Mobile, Edward Jones and Allstate.

Franklin Building Supply CEO Rick Lierz said this was the first year that the dealer participated in the program and asked employees take the survey. Lierz noted that the survey takes up to 45 minutes to an hour to complete and drills down into an employee’s work experience at the company “from all angles.”

More than 60% of Franklin’s 650 employees participated in the extensive, anonymous survey, according to Lierz. “All we did was bang the pots and kettles and ask them to take the survey,” he said.

Part of Franklin’s inspiration for participating in the program was Hancock Lumber of Casco, Maine.

Last September, Hancock Lumber was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” for the fifth year in a row.

Winners from all of Idaho company size categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 19. Other categories include large employers with 100-249 employees, medium employers with 50-99 employees, small employers with 20-49 employers, and micro employers with 10-19 employees.

Lierz said a group of Franklin employees will be in attendance at the ceremony.

“It’s really cool that we get to call ourselves one the best places to work in Idaho. It’s great for recruiting,” Lierz noted.

The survey completed by employees also serves as a valuable feedback tool for the company.

“You can develop a strategy on how to address the feedback and that’s really good for company culture. We have a strong company culture but you can always be better and improve,” Lierz explained.

“And recruiting never stops. It’s a full time job and one our priorities,” he said.