StorageMart, which operates 225 self-storage properties across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, earned a spot for the second consecutive year on the “Training Top 100” list by “Training” magazine, a business publication that provides resources for workforce development. StorageMart is the only self-storage company to ever be featured on the list, according to a press release.
The recognition is based on excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs. A range of qualitative and quantitative factors are considered including budget, program scope, impact on business goals and related outcomes. Due to limitations created by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of recipients was reduced this year from the usual 125.
“This makes the extraordinary accomplishments of the 2021 ‘Training Top 100’ organizations even more noteworthy,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief for the magazine. “We salute these best-in-class organizations for their steadfast dedication to continuous employee learning and development, their agility and innovation in transforming their training delivery in response to the pandemic, and their passionate commitment to the current and future success of their people.”
Rankings for the 100 organizations will be unveiled during an interactive virtual gala to be held on Feb. 8 during the 2021 Virtual Training Conference. In addition, five organizations will be inducted into the Training Top 100 Hall of Fame after ranking in the top 10 for four consecutive years. They are Best Buy Co., BNSF Railway Co., Dollar General Corp., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and Sonic Automotive.
StorageMart provides custom training initiatives to prepare new team members for the job and establish a direct pathway to success, the release stated. Its programs include:
- StorageMart Manager Certification: With more than 300 proprietary courses, this multi-media learning program features a range of learning modalities including animation, video and interactive experiences designed to accommodate all learning styles.
- COVID best practices and policies: The program was adapted and enhanced to ensure staff gained the skills, expertise and knowledge necessary to continue performing at the highest level.
- Unified Communications Platform: Launched earlier this year, this internal network connected hundreds of employees across three countries and provided universal access to a centralized information hub, where training could be administered on a global level.
“2020 threw many new challenges our way. But, collectively, we adapted at every turn and are pleased to see our training efforts continuing to connect highly targeted, effective learning programs with the measurable, bottom-line results responsible for our continued growth,” said StorageMart CEO Cris Burnam.
“I work with an extremely talented group of individuals who are passionate about helping others in our organization perform their best, learn new skills and reach their potential. I couldn’t be prouder of each of them, especially amidst this year’s challenges,” added Garrett Harrington, managing director of communications and training for StorageMart. Founded in 1999 and based in Columbia, Mo., StorageMart is privately owned and operated by the Burnam Family, which has been in the storage industry for three generations. Its portfolio consists of more than 15 million square feet of storage. It serves more than 130,000 self-storage customers, and operates in Chinese, English, Punjabi, Quebecois French and Spanish.
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