Rhode Island Foundation

HELPING HANDS: Rhode Island Foundation employees help sort food at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in October 2017.
 / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
HELPING HANDS: Rhode Island Foundation employees help sort food at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in October 2017.
 / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

BEST PLACES TO WORK 2018
2. SMALL COMPANIES | Rhode Island Foundation
Employees in R.I.: 44
CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg
Questions answered by: Frank Cerilli, director of human resources


What three words best describe your staff? Dedicated, impassioned, team-oriented.

How do you encourage employee engagement? We treat employees fairly and with respect, lead by example and encourage them to grow personally and professionally by providing a supportive work environment, open-communication training opportunities, active involvement and recognition.

What won’t you tolerate in the workplace? Disrespect or intolerance for internal and external customers, or poor customer service.

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What employee recognition program does your staff like the most? At year’s end, executive managers throw an employee-appreciation breakfast for employees with a special gift. At monthly meetings, birthdays and service-time anniversaries are celebrated, as are special shout-outs to and from team members from all levels.