For the 11th consecutive year, Scripps Health has been named among the top employers in the nation by Fortune magazine. Fortune’s 21st annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® ranked Scripps at No. 41. For the third consecutive year, Scripps is the only San Diego-based company to make the list.
Scripps is recognized for creating a high-performing, diverse workforce by accommodating the needs of its employees at the beginning, middle and later stages of their careers.
“Once again, we are honored to be on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and to be recognized as an inclusive, career-destination organization that works to create an environment where employees feel appreciated and empowered to deliver the best patient care in San Diego,” said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.
Fortune recognized Scripps for developing its workforce through programs that engage and encourage contributions from all employees. Scripps employees in response say they are grateful for the many opportunities available to them to grow in their jobs and advance their careers.
More than 93 percent of Scripps employees feel the organization offers great workplace rewards and challenges, according to a survey by Great Place to Work, Fortune’s partner.
As part of its career-destination philosophy, Scripps has developed several innovative practices for employees at different stages of their careers. Scripps offers career coaching; employee care clinics; as well as family friendly programs, including child care, flexible work arrangements and paid parental leave.
“Despite the many changes in health care, our primary goal remains providing the best patient care, and we believe that is best delivered by a motivated, educated and supported workforce,” said Richard Sheridan, corporate senior vice president for human resources at Scripps Health.
Encouraging career growth
Scripps supports the academic development of its employees by administering scholarships, tuition reimbursement and discounts for courses offered by universities that have partnerships with Scripps. In the most recent year, Scripps invested more than $35 million in training for employees. Additionally, Scripps provided $1.33 million in tuition reimbursement and scholarships.
Scripps also encourages movement across the organization through various programs, which is something that mid-career employees appreciate since it allows them to chart their career paths with organizational support.
Offering staged retirement
Scripps offers staged retirement to eligible, experienced employees who want to retire gradually, allowing them to reduce their current work schedule while maintaining their health benefits.
Scripps encourages experienced employees to continue working in other ways. While traditional retirement packages at many other organizations max out at age 60, encouraging employees to leave at that point, Scripps lets retirement plans continue to grow past age 65. Older employees enjoy this benefit because it allows them to continue working without feeling financial pressure to retire.
In addition to making Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, Scripps was recognized with other national workforce awards during the past year.
For the fifth consecutive year, Scripps was named one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women for 2017 by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE); for the 13th consecutive year Working Mother Magazine named Scripps one of the 100 Best Companies in 2017; and Becker’s Healthcare named Scripps to its list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.
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