(Lawton, OK) – Southwestern Medical Center has been named a Top Workplace in Oklahoma for the fifth year in a row by The Oklahoman. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
Anyone could nominate a company. The only requirement was the organization must employ at least 35 people in Oklahoma. The organization could be public, private, nonprofit or governmental. Energage invited almost 1,400 workplaces to participate and surveyed approximately 100 of them. Only those organizations that agreed to participate were included in the surveys. The surveyed firms employ more than 25,000 people in Oklahoma.
“Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage.
The employee survey seeks responses from 24 statements covering seven factors. Key to those are organizational health factors, which measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause:
- Alignment — where the company is headed, its values, cooperation
- Effectiveness — doing things well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
- Connection — employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
- My Manager — cares about concerns, helps learn and grow
In addition, the survey asks employees about other factors:
- Employee Engagement — loyalty, motivation, and referral
- Leaders — confidence in company leadership
- The Basics — Pay, benefits, flexibility
Statements relating to “Connection” and “Alignment” were among the most important to employees, while statements about pay and benefits rated among the least important.
“While pay and benefits remain important to a point, they do not make a bad workplace better,” Claffey said.
After employees completed the surveys, Energage ran statistical tests to look for any questionable results. (It sometimes will disqualify a small number of employers based on those tests.)
Employers were categorized into size bands, because “smaller employers tend to score higher than midsize employers, and midsize employers tend to score higher than large employers,” Claffey said.
The employers were ranked within their size band based solely on employee responses to the survey statements. The top employers in each size band were selected as Top Workplaces in Oklahoma for 2017. Energage also determined a list of special awards based on standout scores on specific survey statements.
About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, Energage specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Energage also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. Energage is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.