Scripps Health has been named to Fortune magazine’s 15th annual list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Scripps ranked No. 56 on this year’s list and is the second San Diego-based company to make the list since the list’s inception in 1998, joining Qualcomm.
“Scripps is honored to be acknowledged for the fifth time by Fortune as one of America’s top employers,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps. “This accomplishment reflects the importance we place on our employees and how we strive to create a culture of excellence that makes them feel secure, appreciated and empowered.”
Fortune recognized Scripps for its practice of avoiding layoffs. In the rare occurrence that a position is eliminated at Scripps due to changing business needs, staff members can continue earning their base pay and benefits while the Scripps Career Resource Center (CRC) assists them in searching for a position within Scripps or outside of the organization.
“While other hospitals and health systems across the country have resorted to job cuts and the elimination of services during these challenging times, Scripps has made a commitment to preserving jobs and avoiding layoffs,” said Victor Buzachero, corporate senior vice president of innovation, human resources and performance management for Scripps. “The CRC has helped us retain highly skilled employees and avoid the high costs of severance pay and turnover.”
Scripps designed and implemented the CRC well before the downturn in the economy and has actively kept it in place during the recession. Since its inception, more than 700 employees have participated in the CRC with job placements in or outside of the organization.
Richelle Ward, who has worked for Scripps for 10 years, learned her department was closing in August 2010.
“The CRC helped me look for another position and provided tools and information for my job search,” said Ward. “My department was like a second family and the transition was a difficult time. However, the CRC helped me through it and I benefited from their support, knowledge and individualized assistance. In the end, I had three possible job opportunities to choose from and I love the one that I chose.”
The list will appear in the Feb. 6 issue of Fortune, and the full list is now available online. To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 280 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 246,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world.
The Fortune magazine ranking comes on the heels of four other national accolades Scripps Health has received for workplace excellence. In its 2011 listing, AARP ranked Scripps at the top employer in the country for its 50 Best Employers for Workers Over 50. This was the seventh consecutive year Scripps was named to this list. Working Mother magazine named Scripps number 11 on its 2011 list of America’s 100 Best Companies for its family-friendly policies, making it the seventh consecutive year Scripps has made the list. Also in 2011, the E-Learning organization named Scripps fifth in the nation for enterprise learning and Becker’s Hospital Review named Scripps among the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.