Profound Team Member Engagement, Vibrant Culture And Living Fully Leads To A Top Workplace
We are excited to announce that DLP has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2020, selected as one of the highest-scoring businesses, with standout team member engagement. The list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep team member engagement, and stellar benefits.
DLP Team Member Engagement Fueled by Ability to Grow, Make an Impact & Succeed
DLP Real Estate Capital’s Founder and CEO Don Wenner comments,“We are thrilled to be named one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces list for 2020! This award is the culmination of a truly dedicated team of over 300 individuals, all rowing together in unison toward the same goal, driven by a purpose and our company core values. We have received many awards for our growth and success, but there is truly no award or recognition that is more valuable and meaningful than our amazing team members’ unwavering dedication toward this company and their feeling that this is the place for them to grow, be appreciated, achieve, and succeed all of their goals.”
The growth of the real estate-based company has skyrocketed since its early beginnings, over 10 years ago, when Wenner started DLP Realty with a small handful of team members working in one side of an older building in Allentown, PA. Today, DLP Real Estate Capital consists of vertically-integrated companies that work together in sync in order to lead and inspire the building of wealth and prosperity through the execution of innovative real estate solutions.
Alongside growth, Wenner is keenly aware of the important role he plays in helping others, so he started The Positive Returns Foundation, a non-profit organization with a focus on creating affordable housing and helping to establish fair paying jobs, two epidemics that are prevalent across the globe.
Driven by a Culture of Leadership, Execution, Sales & Living Fully
At DLP, we are highly committed not only to the well-being of our team members, but also the many opportunities to maximize growth in both a successful and driven manner. Through our utilization of DLP’s Elite Execution System (EES), we ensure that team members are the Right People in the Right Seats (RPRS). With EES, we can measure success as well as areas of needed improvement through daily huddles, one-on-one alignments, quarterly reviews, weekly department meetings, and monthly company meetings. By making sure that our team members’ skills, desires, and passions are aligned with their job responsibilities and expectations as well as making sure all team members have alignment on their expectations with their leader and team, growth and success is a predictable outcome.
Leadership opportunities, bonuses, and team member contests are also encouraged on a regular basis.
DLP measures its productivity consistently through “PPP” which stands for Productivity Per Person in which we measure our productivity per team member each month, and reward our team members to drive increased productivity.
What makes us different than other companies in the same industry are our ten core values that include:
- Driven for Greatness
- Enthusiastically Delivering Wow
- Living Fully
- Innovative Solution Focused
- Twenty Mile March
- Execution and Excellence
- Humble Confidence
Of the ten, Wenner’s favorite is the Twenty Mile March. He comments, “Many companies allow the outside world or market to dictate their activities. We do the opposite. By controlling our own growth, we focus on marching forward day in and day out, and continue to maintain high growth year after year.”
DLP prides itself on “Living Fully” in all aspects of team members’ lives. Driven for Greatness, a personal growth group that promotes inspiring leadership in both professional and personal life, meets bi-weekly to discuss a variety of related best-selling, thought leadership books. Members can listen through the company’s Audible account or read the print publication. (Wenner’s favorites like Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, have had a lasting effect on his approach to business.) A gift of a FitBit can help track steps and helps to encourage a health and wellness aspect to the group.
Speaking of health and well-being, all team members are welcome to participate in morning workout groups, a voluntary miracle morning prayer group, and the company will pick up the tab for the Beachbody on Demand exercise program.
Additionally, everyone is encouraged to continue their education in their areas of interest in order to meet personal goals. DLP offers a tuition reimbursement program for team members annually, towards educational and personal growth expenses.
The company holds special events throughout the year, including Vision Day, Issue Solving Day, Alignment Day and Living Fully Day, along with a number of company outings, picnics and retreats.
Additionally, awards are regularly given out to recognize high-achieving team members, and winners of DLP’s Dream On Program are announced, which is where the company grants dreams for deserving team members. This is always an emotionally-rewarding experience.
Prioritizing the Human Elements of Work Allows a Select Few to Make the List Out of Thousands Who Applied
Collecting data from thousands of submissions, Inc. singled out 395 finalists for this year’s list. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future.
The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity. It is a different playbook from a decade ago, when too many firms used the same template: free food, open work environments, and artifacts of “fun.”
“Building a great corporate culture comes only from strong leadership,” says Inc. magazine editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from, especially now, when company culture is more important to the workforce than ever.”