Each year, the StarTribune showcases the best places to work in Minnesota. As in years past, the 2023 survey invited employees from around the state to weigh in on mission, values, culture, leadership, pay and benefits, career development opportunities, and other factors. We’re delighted to announce that for the 12th time, Lifespark has been named one of Minnesota’s Top Workplaces!
Stephanie Grangruth, CHCR, Lifespark’s Director of Talent Operations, sees this honor as a reflection of what team members value most. “I think it shows that management is listening, teams are collaborating, the company is going in the right direction, our mission and values matter to our employees, and people feel that what they’re doing contributes directly to that mission,” she said. “It also shows that we’re a great place to work!”
As a growth company, Lifespark is able to flex to meet the needs of employees and clients, Stephanie said. “For example, our Occupational Therapists started out as Case Managers for the Skilled Home Health division, which is still a necessity, but we were able to morph the OT role to a Life Manager position where people can use their skills and talents in more ways to serve seniors along the full continuum of care,” she said. “By thinking beyond traditional roles and responsibilities, we’re also supporting the full continuum of career growth.”
For employees who want to advance in their careers, Lifespark partners with two universities to provide scholarships that fund their education. “We have team members who started out as CNAs [Certified Nursing Assistants], became LPNs [Licensed Practical Nurse], then RNs [Registered Nurse], and are now NPs [Nurse Practitioner],” Stephanie said.
For many employees, work-life balance has become an even higher priority since the pandemic. “People really appreciate having the flexibility to drop their kids off at school before seeing their first client or being able to take time off or reduce their hours to care for a loved one,” she said.
Another aspect of work-life balance is not working under a time stamp. “Unlike other health care providers, our Home Care nurses have the time to build close relationships with our clients, create personalized care plans, and support them through each phase of their lives,” she said.
In addition to career growth and work-life balance, Lifespark offers another less tangible but equally important benefit: being part of a growth company that is wholly committed to changing the aging experience and complete senior health. “This is an exciting place to work, but for individuals who prefer the same routine, day in and day out, Lifespark may not be a good fit,” she said. “However, if you thrive on serving seniors in a variety of environments with varying levels of need and at different phases of life, let’s talk!”
To explore job opportunities at Lifespark, visit our Careers page. We look forward to meeting you!