NJPA Board Chair Mike Wilson, left, and NJPA Executive Director/CEO Dr. Chad Coauette at the 2016 Top 150 Workplaces awards luncheon.

NJPA makes list of top state workplaces

Workplace culture is actively developed

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples  was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on June 26. The report can also be found at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2016. 

Produced by the same team that compiles the 25-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 73,870 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

 The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

 “At NJPA, we are truly blessed with great team members and an extremely supportive Board of Directors. I am very proud that the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces recognition has confirmed our work environment as one of the top in Minnesota. This recognition is a tribute to everyone associated with our organization,” stated Dr. Chad Coauette, NJPA Executive Director/CEO. 

 NJPA was ranked 49th on the small-sized company list.

Coauette said the workplace is something they often address. “We’ve been focusing on developing a workplace culture we want to work in,” he said, “We are mindful of having a place we want to arrive at every day.” 

For the rating, employees were asked how strongly they agree with statements about their workplace. Here are a few sample statements on the questionnaire:

o I believe this company is going in the right direction.

o This company operates by strong values and ethics.

o I feel genuinely appreciated at this company.

o My job makes me feel like I am a part of something meaningful.

o This company encourages different points of view.

o New ideas are encouraged at this company.

Other questions were about cooperation, managers and career goals.

Coauette said that every employee takes part in designing the culture at NJPA. “We talk about the importance of organizational culture on a regular basis,” he said.

From his CEO point of view, Coauette sees that strategic framework and operational process need to be connected with organizational culture for an office to thrive. “We are in constant work in all three pieces,” he said.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”  

 To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 1,555 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

Coauette said since the list came out, it has been a point of pride at the NJPA offices. “There are a lot of smiles, people are very proud to be working here,” he said.

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