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Metro Atlanta`s Top 100 Workplaces

April 21, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Ga.  – Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) has been named one of "Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) for 2011.  The award was announced in this Sunday’s edition of the AJC.

In October 2010, AJC issued a call for nominations for their debut edition of "Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces."  More than 495 companies were nominated, and Workplace Dynamics surveyed more than 40,000 employees from the finalist companies.

Based on survey responses, Workplace Dynamics  graded organizations on several factors such as work conditions, management, pay and benefits, and career paths and then ranked organizations by size into three categories: large  (more than 500 employees),  midsize (125-499 employees) and small (124 or fewer employees).  With more than 4,500 employees, NGHS was honored to place number 11 in the top 20 chosen in the large company category.

On its website, the AJC highlights some of the narrative comments from NGHS employee surveys:
  • "I am able to do what I do best.  I feel my work is valued and appreciated.  Work with a great group of people."
  • "Organization cares about my success and supports me to be successful."
  • "The genuine care and concern that our organization shows, has for our patients and families, by putting them first.  We all work together to fulfill a meaningful mission. I am amazed and grateful…"
  • "Autonomy balanced with ownership, accountability, and organization's ethics. Standards are above approach.  I thoroughly enjoy my job!"

"It is very heartening to read comments like these from our employees," says Carol Burrell, Interim CEO and Executive VP/COO of NGHS.  "Less than six months ago, we were recognized by Georgia Trend as one of the Top 10 employers in Georgia.  We are so proud of this further affirmation of employee satisfaction demonstrated through AJC’s Top 100 Workplaces recognition.  We know that our employees are our most valuable asset and that their daily efforts, in combination with our top notch physicians, complemented by our dedicated volunteers, are what make this organization exceptional."

"There is no secret sauce to being a top workplace," said Doug Claffey, CEO of Workplace Dynamics, whose consultant group surveyed more than 1 million employees from 3,000 organizations nationally in 2010.  "From my experience, it tends to be about a) making employee engagement a top priority for senior leadership, b) ensuring that this priority trickles down through the organization, c) including employee engagement as a consideration in decision-making, and d) communicating as openly as possible throughout the organization."

For more information about NGHS, visit www.nghs.com or call 770-219-3840.

For more information about "Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces," visit www.ajc.com/business/topworkplaces.
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