Funeral Industry News Funeral Industry Press Releases Homesteaders Life Company October 4, 2022
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West Des Moines, Iowa – Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, has been named a Top Iowa Workplace for the eighth consecutive year. Homesteaders was one of 40 Top Iowa Workplaces that were also recognized nationally.

“I’m proud that Homesteaders has once again been recognized as a Top Iowa Workplace,” said Steve Shaffer, Homesteaders President, CEO and Board Chair. “Our team’s dedication and our strong company culture influence everything we do, helping us provide exceptional service and innovative solutions for our policy owners and partners. Being selected eight years in a row based on employee feedback exemplifies the excellence and commitment we have in our team and how much our employees believe in everything we do.”

The Top Iowa Workplace award recognizes companies that demonstrate strong employee satisfaction and overall organizational health. Recipients are chosen based on the results of an employee feedback survey conducted by The Des Moines Register in conjunction with Energage, LLC. On average, fewer than 3% of eligible organizations earn a prestigious Top Workplace designation. Homesteaders was one of only eight employers that were recognized in the top 50 of their size categories regionally and nationally.

“Our recognition as a Top Iowa Workplace is truly a reflection of how our employees bring their best every day,” said Judy Ralston-Hansen, Homesteaders Executive Vice President-Human Resources. “We know the work we do here makes a difference and have cultivated a caring and flexible workplace to help support it. Our employees consistently demonstrate our core values each and every day in the work that they do.”

Homesteaders employs 176 employees at its home office in West Des Moines and a team of 35 sales staff in the field. In addition to its people-first culture, the company offers competitive compensation and benefits, professional development opportunities, a success-sharing program, an incentive award program and commitments to employee health, inclusion and community outreach.

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Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy owners, is a national leader in providing products and services to help people design a better farewell. Visit to learn more.