Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Tanner Among Metro Area’s Top Workplaces

March 5, 2018

Health System Earns 2018 Top Workplaces Award from AJC


Tanner Health System continues to garner distinction as a leading metro Atlanta employer, garnering a 2018 Top Workplaces Award from theAtlanta Journal-Constitution.


According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than 2,300 metro area employers were nominated or requested to participate in the 2018 Top Workplaces awards — but only 150 of those enterprises made the final list of award winners. The awards are hosted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its partner, Energage LLC.


The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage. Formerly known as Workplace Dynamics, Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous surveys measured several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.


“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”


Tanner placed 17th among large employers on the Top Workplaces list, just ahead of supermarket chain Aldi and behind A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation company with facilities in Atlanta and Marietta. Among other large healthcare employers on the list, Resurgens Orthopaedics ranked 11th and Piedmont Healthcare ranked 22nd. The Alston & Bird Law Firm topped the large employers list.


Tanner has also been recognized within the past year as one of the top 10 extra large employers in metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and is among Modern Healthcare’s 2017 list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The health system offers a competitive array of benefits in an inclusive, service-focused culture.


With more than 3,000 employees and five regional hospital facilities, Tanner is one of the largest employers in west Georgia and east Alabama.


“We put a lot of focus into accolades such as this, because health care is such a competitive industry to attract and retain talent and every healthcare organization wants prospective employees to think that they’re the best place for them to work,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner. “Measures like this demonstrate that Tanner truly is a great option for healthcare professionals looking to begin or expand their careers.”


As part of the survey that determined the rankings, employees at each company 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 Atlanta 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. According to Energage, a common theme that resonated among employees at the 150 top companies was that they felt there was “a genuine care from their employer and an investment in each and every one of their employees.”


“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”


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