Fortune Ranks Scripps in National 'Best Companies to Work For' List

Scripps cited for flexibility, engagement and no-layoff philosophy

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Scripps Health has been named among the top employers in the nation by Fortune magazine. Fortune’s 18th annual list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” ranked Scripps at No. 60.

Three primary reasons were cited for Scripps’ selection to the 2015 list, including its no-layoff philosophy, its robust employee engagement programs and its flexible policies to accommodate workers’ needs at various stages of their careers.

“We are honored to be named to Fortune’s list for the eighth consecutive year and receive recognition for investing in our employees and making Scripps a great career destination workplace,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps. “As a workplace, our goal is to care for our employees in the best possible manner so that they can do the same for our patients,” Van Gorder said.

No-layoff philosophy

Fortune recognized Scripps for its strong leadership team and the organization’s ability to avoid layoffs while meeting today’s health care challenges.

“Holding on to our talent is very important and that is why Scripps has created programs to keep employees engaged and fulfilled,” said Vic Buzachero, corporate senior vice president for innovation, human resources and performance management.

In the rare occurrence that a position is eliminated due to changing business needs, employees can continue earning their base pay and benefits while the Scripps Career Resource Center (CRC) helps them search for a new job within or outside of the organization. In addition, the center assists employees in developing resumes, searching jobs, preparing for interviews and acquiring temporary work assignments to learn new skills.

“When staffing needs change, we offer employees the opportunity to retrain and establish new careers. The results speak for themselves. Three-quarters of all job openings are filled by existing Scripps employees,” Buzachero said.

According to a Scripps Health survey, 86 percent of Scripps employees believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.

Embracing flexibility

Scripps embraces flexibility in the workplace, accommodating people at different stages in their careers. Scripps offers benefits ranging from on-site childcare, job sharing, telecommuting, professional development, job retraining and staged retirement.

Nine out of 10 Scripps employees surveyed said Scripps offers special and unique benefits.

“By rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach, Scripps is able to stay nimble in meeting the needs of our employees,” Buzachero said. “You can come and stay for your entire career,” he said.

Employee engagement

The corporate culture at Scripps encourages participation in decision-making and problem-solving, which is one reason nine out of 10 employees surveyed said they are proud to tell others they work for Scripps Health.

Five years ago, Scripps launched Employee 100, inviting front-line employees to meet regularly with Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder with the idea of creating a forum with key leaders and encouraging those front-line employees to share what they learned with their fellow employees.

“The best want to be engaged,” Buzachero said. “At Scripps, we’ve created performance improvement programs that allow employees to share ideas with management and establish mentoring relationships,” he said.

Second national accolade in week

Scripps’ ranking in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list comes on the heels of Scripps being named one of the “Top 10 Non-Profit Companies for Executive Women” for 2015 by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) for the third year in a row. The announcement is featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother.

Fortune rankings

The"100 Best Companies to Work For" list will appear in the March 15 issue of Fortune and is available online now at Fortune partners annually with Great Place to Work® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For ®. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index © Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit ©, which includes detailed questionnaires about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

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