Best Companies to Work For: Dean's Professional Plumbing

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Feb 8, 2016

Best_Companies_to_Work_For_Deans_Professional_Plumbing.pngThe results are in, and Dean's Professional Plumbing is the winner of the TINYpulse Raising the Bar Award in the Construction & Facilities Services industry, with one of the most-improved happiness scores over a period of six months.

You’re probably wondering how we measure workplace happiness ...

Once a month, we ask employees at over 500 companies around the world how happy they are at work. We separated each company into 14 different industries then calculated the average happiness score for each organization.

For this award, we analyzed the results by calculating the average happiness score for each company in the different industries to find out winners.


About Deans Professional Plumbing


Dean's Plumbing has been servicing Minnesota for the past 35 years. And if you're wondering if fun workplaces exist, you needn't look any further than Dean's. From team-building games to baseball outings, they're all about driving employee engagement through exciting activities.

We got a chance to speak with the team to go behind the scenes of the organization to find out what makes Dean's Professional Plumbing one of the best places to work. Let's see what they have to say.


Q: What was the funniest recognition you’ve ever received?

A: For my birthday last year, my coworkers decorated my desk with a JAWS theme (I love sharks!), and they even had a blow up shark inside!


Q: What was the happiest moment at work?

Best_Companies_to_Work_For_Deans_Professional_Plumbing_1.jpgA: One of the happiest moments at work was when all of the managers in our company made us Thanksgiving dinner and served it to us! They packaged up meals for all of the technicians and drove out to them on all of their jobs. We were all surprised and so thankful! We still talk about how great that day was!




We also had a contest throughout the company and had one technician, one office staff, and one manager win a day out at a Twins Game! We were paid for regular hours and got to ride in a limo to the game. The day included food, drinks, and tickets. It was a blast and a great way for people from all the departments to relax and spend time together.




Q: What kind of fun activities does your company participate in?

A: Every month we have a company game that we play. All of our technicians and office staff get together for an hour in the morning to play a game like life-size Hungry Hungry Hippos, charades, Minute to Win it, Family Feud, and more!


We also do charity and giving-back events together as a team. For example, we all participate in Holiday Wish each year, by giving gifts and fulfilling needs for families in need in our area. We have our customers nominate families that they know who are in need, and we have our entire team show up at their door to surprise them with gifts! It’s a great way to bring us all together every holiday season, and the employees at our company love it!

Dean’s also has two annual company parties, and they are always a blast! We have one party in the winter (our holiday party) and one in the summer (employee appreciation). We have done events such as: murder mystery dinners, unlimited bowling and pizza, dinner boat cruises, and more. These parties are a great way for our team to come together and have fun outside of the office.

We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by ordering lunch for the office staff, bonuses for anniversaries, decorating work spaces, and having the entire team sign a card for them.

We celebrate holidays:

  • National Bosses Day: The entire staff signed a huge card and put money together to buy gifts for all of the managers. We surprised them with all of it during a company meeting!
  • Veterans Day: We honor our veterans and give them a special gift to say thank you.
  • Halloween: Our office staff has a costume party and potluck together.
  • Christmas: We all join in on secret Santa, and bring food to share!


Q: What is the one thing that every company can do to make their employees happier?

A: Treat your employees like they are someone you care about — not just a number.

At our company, managers ask questions about things outside of work, use our talents and interests to put us in positions that will help us succeed, and encourage us to dream bigger. We have a strong sense of community and family at our business, and because of that, our people are happy!



Q: If you could describe your work culture in three words, what would they be?

A: Creative. Passionate. Committed.



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