West Chicago Park District earns award for Exceptional Workplace

The West Chicago Park District received the Exceptional Workplace Award during IPRA/IAPD's 2023 Conference on Friday, Jan. 27. This award, which lasts until 2027, is given to organizations that are dedicated to employee health and wellness.

The application for the award involved an online self-assessment whose answers were measured by IPRA's Health and Wellness Committee. Supporting documents included a work-from-home policy, a diversity/inclusion statement, an environmental report card, and a wellness policy.

The West Chicago Park District understands that a work-life balance is essential to a person's well-being and can lead to a more fulfilling life, both at home and in the office. Opportunities for professional and personal growth, smooth interdepartmental collaboration, and a great working culture have created an environment where employees feel heard and valued.

"The West Chicago Park District is honored to be recognized by IPRA with the Exceptional Workplace award," said Gina Radun, Executive Director of the West Chicago Park District. "Being recognized for our Park District's operations, policies, support of professional development, and positive atmosphere is something our team is very proud of! We strive not only to provide excellent services and facility space for our community but to also have fun and enjoy work during the process."

"I commend the West Chicago Park District for receiving this well-deserved award," said West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda. "This recognition showcases the Park District's continued commitment towards providing exceptional services to our community while also prioritizing the overall health, wellness, and happiness of their employees."

The West Chicago Park District is committed to providing a high level of health and wellness for their staff, including family health care, wellness incentives, schedule flexibility, fitness and pool memberships, team building activities, professional development support, and much more. Through these continuous efforts, the Park District has provided a working environment where team members feel appreciated and supported, which in turn bolsters staff's hard work and dedication to creating the best programs and facilities for the West Chicago community.

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