Rural Sourcing Inc.: Leader In Employee Development


Rural Sourcing Inc.: Leader In Employee Development
Rural Sourcing Inc.

At Rural Sourcing Inc., the company makes an effort to be involved in the community.

Whether it is through community service or the highly anticipated Hackathon, employees find a way to stay involved while at work.

The Hackathon is a software design competition for teams of college students that Rural Sourcing Inc. hosts every year, after which it often invites the winners to intern with RSI.

“I have a line of employees that want to go participate in this Hackathon every year,” said Darrell Runyan, Development Center Manager at Rural Sourcing, Inc. “They get to see these college students, maybe someone who is running into a difficulty in coding that they may have recently overcome and they can help in that situation.”

The Hackathon is just one aspect of RSI’s efforts to be a company that helps employees balance their work lives with other fun and meaningful activities. The Jonesboro information technology company also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and at a local pet shelter.

“When I look at all the positives about RSI and what makes it a special place to work I think life’s balance makes it great,” Runyan said. “It’s more than a marketing slogan. It’s put at the forefront of everything we do. … We work hard to have a work-life balance.”

According to Runyan, RSI works to make sure employees can grow abilities beyond software development. Recently, the company started a leadership training program to help employees further develop their skill sets.

On a day-to-day basis, the employees enjoy a game room with foosball, Xbox and ping pong, which is regularly utilized during lunch.

“We typically get very high marks on our employee satisfaction survey, but if we see an adjustment that can be made then we’re very quick about doing that,” Runyan said.

Our team members show up even when the job doesn’t require them to be here. I look at that community involvement and I think it shows that we have made a great place to work.
— Darrell Runyan, development center manager at Rural Sourcing Inc.

Neat Things We Do
• Annual “Hackathon” for college students
• Nerf gun fights
• Birthday and anniversary celebrations
• Monthly roundups with food and awards