Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors has become a regular on the Best Places to Work list. In 2021 and 2022, Ollis placed in the top five, and this year, it claims the No. 1 spot on the list of small employers.
Joe Gaunt, Ollis/Akers/Arney’s chief operating officer, says this is no accident. “We place a lot of emphasis on continuing to add to our benefits plans to make this a great place to work,” he says. This involves a yearly review, in which Ollis’s human resources consulting group suggests new benefits the company might consider.
The HR team also conducts regular market studies to evaluate Ollis’s pay structure. Gaunt says that because of increased competition in the labor market, Ollis now assesses its compensation every couple of years.
“In our industry specifically, there’s a lot of remote work,” he says. This means that people sometimes receive offers from companies on the East and West coasts, where the pay is likely higher than in southwest Missouri. And although Ollis can’t always match a San Francisco salary, Gaunt says that if the company keeps its compensation competitive, it has a good chance of winning on culture. “We have had a couple team members who were recruited away to other organizations,” Gaunt says. “We were able to get them back here because they enjoyed our culture and our team.”