Why Basin? Challenging employees while supporting family life


After leaving Basin Electric less than two years ago, Senior Auditor Kelly Bergquist just couldn’t seem to stay away.

There are many reasons she says she decided to return – but the biggest reasons come in the smallest packages – her daughters, 3-year-old Harper and 5-year-old Izzy. “I’ve always seemed to struggle with work-life balance” she says. “I like to be challenged, but at the same time I want to be able to leave my work at work.” Bergquist says Basin Electric allows her to do that, and offers other valuable benefits that demonstrate the cooperative’s commitment to family, such as allowing children to trick-or-treat at the office and holding various family events in the community throughout the year.

The YMCA Youth Development Center North is another perk that drew Bergquist back to Basin Electric. The child care center, which opened in February, is a partnership between the Missouri Valley YMCA, Basin Electric, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health to address the shortage of quality child care providers in the area. As part of this partnership, 50 spots are reserved for children of Basin Electric employees, and a reduced monthly rate is offered for the first year. “I have two little ones who go there and they are getting swimming and music lessons right at daycare,” she says. “It is a quality and affordable daycare center, and it’s only a block away from work!”

Stability and security are also high on Bergquist’s list of priorities. She says she feels that Basin Electric invests in assets that make sense for its members on a long-term basis, which not only provides stability for the membership, but also for employees. This stability, combined with ample opportunity for career growth within the cooperative, was a major reason she chose to return to Basin Electric.

“It feels like I never left, yet everything has changed,” she laughs. Like every other employer, Basin Electric is constantly changing. “Even though I worked here before, I still have more questions than answers. But, I’m very glad I made the move and am so grateful for the opportunity to work here again. It was the right thing to do, both personally and professionally,” she says.

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