In April 2012, Clayton State University was named one of the “Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. That honor came about as part of a survey of more than 1000 local organizations held by the AJC and its partner, Workplace Dynamics. Now, as a follow-up to that initial survey, Clayton State has received a more far-reaching honor directly from Workplace Dynamics.
Clayton State Executive Director of Human Resources John Brooks has announced that, in addition to being recognized as one of the top workplaces in metro Atlanta, Clayton State has also been recognized on Workplace Dynamics National Top Workplaces (www.topworkplaces.com) list. This list aggregates results from 30 of Workplace Dynamics’ publishing partners across the nation to identify the best employers in the nation. In all, more than 4,000 organizations across America were surveyed for the Top Workplaces program. The American’s Top Workplaces List includes 319 organizations nationwide, each with more 1,000 employees.
Among the 319 organizations on the unranked National Top Workplaces list, Clayton State is one of just 22 educational organizations (7 percent of the entire list) and one of 12 (4 percent) institutions of higher education.
“I am grateful daily for having so many colleagues committed to finding new ways of advancing our core business — learning — learning for students, faculty, staff and our community,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. “To be recognized by our colleagues as a great place to work is an honor and a responsibility. Our responsibility is to work together daily to find new opportunities to support our learning efforts.”
The list of National Top Workplaces is determined based solely on employee feedback from the 805 companies with 1,000+ employees surveyed from across the 30 Top Workplaces programs. This includes survey responses from more than half a million employees. By way of comparison, the Fortune 100 Best Companies list was determined based on 280 companies with 1,000+ employees and 246,000 survey responses.
The Workplace Dynamics metro Atlanta/AJC survey began in October 2011, when Workplace Dynamics surveyed 188 metro organizations representing 77,848 employees. A total of 43,500 metro workers participated in the survey. They were asked to respond to a set of statements using a seven-point Likert scale. Each statement was tested to ensure a high correlation with how metro employees rate their workplaces. This was calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question that asked each employee to rate his or her workplace on a scale of zero to 99.
After completing the 20-question survey, metro employees were asked to rank the factors that meant the most to them in terms of job satisfaction. The top five were; company direction, job appreciation, confident of future, career opportunities, confidence in leader. After the survey was completed, Workplace Dynamics ran a series of statistical tests to look for questionable results to see if disqualifications were needed.
The results of this initial survey for the AJC were reported at http://www.topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/company/ajc/clayton-state-univer#!prettyPhoto.