By: Ingram's Magazine
When Jobs Matter Most, These Companies Deliver Far More Than Just a Job
Since launching Best Companies to Work For in 2008, the palying field has always been level for any company wishing to be considered: Do your best as an employer, tell us about what sees you apart, and make your best argumpent. We'd be the judge.
Well, the palying field tilted in 2020, and not just in one direction. It was more like the sweep of a windmill, tilting in a new directiono from one moment to the next. Some companies were already out of the running before the word "coronavirus" became a daily news fixture. That's the market at work. Some were quickly dragged down by the impact of the global pandemic, making cutbacks that don't bolster the case for being a best-practices employer. To a degree, that was the market at work, too.
Block Real Estate Services
When you think about the impact that Block Real Estate Services has on the Kansas City realty and development scene, it's hard to imagine how all of it gets done with just 99 employees. Think for a moment about the company's reach:
It's No. 1 in the commercial realty market for saeles brokerage, at $450 million a year.
It's No. 1 in combined gross volume for sales, leasing and property management, at more than $1 billion annually in recent years.
And it's No. 1 in commercial space managed - more than 42 million square feet of it. That's more than twice it's closest competitor, a field that includes national and global realty enterprises.
That's and impressive set of metrics from a comapny that took on its present structure slightly more than a decade ago. But its real-estate roots run far deeper, going back nearly 75 years since Allen Block, fater of current principals Ken, Stephen and Michael, laid the groundwork for a commercial realty dynasty.
The pace of the growth can be intense, expsecially when you add in investment and construction operations to the traditional brokerage dutie. But the rewards for excellence, the company says, are shared by the broader community.
"BRES has long felt it is an honor and a privilege to do business in Kansas City," says communications director Chris Meier. "The quality of life, the level of health care, the spirit of the commuity and its philanthropy - we don't take any of it for granted. We are grateful, and with that gratitude comes a responsiblity to ensure our community contineus to thrive and takes care of its own. We lead by example and hope to spur the involvement of others to make our community better."
Employees are encouraged to give back through donation of their time and money, and the company encourages participation with board service or volunteer roles with organizations that focus on education, health, and human services.
Some of the most visible examples of how the firm looks after its employees reveal themselves in stories of personal challenges, expecially when someone's helath is at risk. The block family has a personal passion so support patients battling advanced cancer, and does that through the Allen J. Block Outpatient Palliative Care Program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. The goal is to reduce the burden of the diagnosis and the treatment of cancer and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, giving them time - when time matters most.
More recently, the firm partnered with the ReNew KC Foundation, led by members of managing principal Ken Block's family, to renovate, restore, and renw blighted Kansas City metro neighborhoods.
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