Sometimes what means the most to people are the little things done out of sincere appreciation and kindness. Accounting Analyst II Kate Schlag says it’s these small gestures that make her see Basin Electric as her lifetime career.
“I didn’t know much about Basin when I applied here three years ago,” she says. “I just saw an ad in the newspaper and wanted a change from my previous job, so I thought I’d give it a try.”
When she was hired, she remembers being amazed at some of the perks Basin Electric offered, things like the employee cafeteria. “When you’re a busy working mom, you often leave your needs for last, so it’s such a nice option to be able to grab breakfast or lunch right at work,” she says.
Since then, she continues to be amazed at the co-op’s culture. “It’s so great how Basin does things that include families – things like root beer floats before the 4th of July parade, movie day with Santa, and a cross-country skiing event coordinated by the employee-run Wellness Team. She especially appreciates these family events, because it allows her to spend quality time with her two young sons. “I’ve never had another employer do these types of things before. They truly make Basin feel like one big family,” she says.
The perks aren’t the only things Schlag appreciates. She says the knowledge that comes from the longevity of many of her coworkers is extremely helpful. “There are people who have been here for many years who can tell you exactly when and why they started doing something a certain way. And everyone is always there to help answer questions,” she says.
Schlag says it’s great to be excited to go to work every day and work with other people who are genuinely happy to be here, too. “The pay and benefits are great, but it’s truly the little things that mean the most to me. I can, without a doubt, say that I understand why Basin Electric is the employer of choice in the Bismarck-Mandan area. I honestly feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!”