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Post-Gazette names SRU a ‘Top Workplace’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University faculty and staff gave their employer the high grades necessary to propel it onto the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Top Workplace” list.

            The University was named one of the top 85 workplaces in the region at ceremonies Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

            “There are more than 50,000 businesses in the greater Pittsburgh area. To be identified as one of the top 85 workplaces is indeed an honor,” Christopher Chamberlain, president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette company, said in announcing the awards.

            Brian Hyslop, Post-Gazette business editor, concurred. “Given the pressures on companies to find ways to survive and grow in today’s marketplace, it is – to borrow a phrase from countless awards shows – an honor just to be nominated,” he said.

            The road to being named a “Top Workplace” began with an employee survey.

            Workplace Dynamics administered the survey for the Post-Gazette. The company has conducted similar surveys in 28 major metropolitan areas, including Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

            Employers had to opt in, and then, to be considered for workplace honors, at least 35 percent of their employees had to respond to the survey. Slippery Rock University had a 55 percent response rate.

            Companies that scored well enough to make the “Top Workplace” list had at least 70 percent of their workers agree with statements such as: “This company operates by strong ethics and values,” “My manager listens to me,” and “I believe this company is going in the right direction,” Hyslop said.

            “It is an honor to be included on the ‘Top Workplace’ list, particularly since the judges were our faculty and staff. The depth of their experience and outstanding level of dedication to our students makes Slippery Rock University a great place at which to learn and work,” said Robert Smith, SRU president.

The “Top Workplaces” were published in a special section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Thursday, and may be found online at http://www.post-gazette.com/businessnews/topworkplaces/. Be sure to check out the Slippery Rock University video on the site.