TO WORK FOR
May 16, 2019
The 2019 list of Best Nonprofits to Work For is out and USTA Mid-Atlantic Section has secured a spot in its first year of participating in the 11th annual national study. USTA Mid-Atlantic ranked 21 overall of the top 50 organizations to make the list and is one of just 18 small organizations (15 to 49 employees) to make the top 50.
The Best Nonprofits to Work For is compiled by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group. Organizations undergo a variety of analysis including an Employee Benchmark Report that assesses employee responses to 79 questions and statements within eight categories. Organizations recognized on the top 50 list, scored an average 90 percent positive responses overall.
“It is an incredible honor to be named a Best Nonprofit to Work For especially because it directly reflects our employee voices and their positive sentiment to the organization and our culture,” says Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, chief executive officer of USTA Mid-Atlantic. ADVERTISEMENT “It is really important to us to gain input and feedback of our staff and we empower them to shape and contribute to making our workplace one that is inclusive, supportive, innovative and fun.”
USTA Mid-Atlantic has been intently focused on developing a culture that embraces individuals for their strengths and passions as well as creating an environment that supports employees for innovation, growth, and professional development. Staff is encouraged to participate on committees that foster collaboration outside of daily work responsibilities and that bring forward enriching opportunities that contribute to the organization culture. For example, USTA Mid-Atlantic staff formed a social responsibility committee and were able to propose and implement a new employee benefit that allows for time off for volunteering in the local community.
“The survey results are a great tool for us, and something that we thoroughly review, to identify opportunities to continually improve,” Fitzpatrick-Navarro added. “We want to provide our team with the resources and support they need so that they can be their very best, and together we can succeed on our mission while creating a great place to work.”
The NonProfit Times reported that commonalities emerged across those organizations making the Best Nonprofits to Work For list. Organizations on the list scored at least 10 percentage points higher on positive responses in these three categories:
Leadership and Planning;
Culture and Communications; and,
Training, Development, and Resources.
As far as top drivers among employees, these were the top three uncovered by the survey:
I feel I am valued in this organization;
Most days, I feel I have made progress at work; and,
I have confidence in the leadership of this organization.