Bettering Lives Through Our Work
Realityworks, Inc. was established 18 years ago with the mission to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, and to address child abuse and neglect through educational products. Over the last decade, this unique company developed several other simulators and programs with the desire to create engaging, experiential learning tools. These tools help educators engage students while bettering the human condition. New products address career preparation areas such as business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and most recently a welding simulation system known as teach WELD. The company has made a worldwide impact, sending simulators into more than 67% of U.S. school districts and reaching more than 6,000,000 young people. Programs also extend to more than 89 countries worldwide.
Realityworks Becomes Employee-Owned in 2011!
The full engagement of our employees is essential to our success. We give them the tools they need to do their jobs well, offer opportunities for personal and professional development, and treat and compensate them fairly. A continued investment in our employees' development has proven to increase skills, enable their personal and corporate growth, and increase their overall employment satisfaction. This is why it was a natural transition when founders, Mary and Rick Jurmain, made the decision to make Realityworks an employee-owned company. Today, the employees all continue to share financially in the company's growth through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), where employees have been given an ownership interest in the company.
Our ESOP Culture Results in Employee Satisfaction and Retention
ESOP companies continue to illustrate that one of the biggest benefits of becoming employee owned is long-term retention of great employees. Realityworks' employee satisfaction and retention is best demonstrated through the low turnover rate and employee tenure we experience. A total of 24% of our full-time regular employees have been with the company for 10 or more years, and 42% of our full-time employees have been with the company for 5 or more years.
Realityworks currently has 56 employees, with 38 current participants in the ESOP.