Jeffrey Miller decided it was time for his workplace to stop being one of the area’s best kept-secrets.
“When you’ve got someplace as special as Maranatha to work at, you should let people know,” Maranatha’s Humanities Department Chair said.
Miller acted by nominating the College for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Top Workplaces section. When the newspaper published that section May 22, Maranatha ranked No. 21 among 70 southeast Wisconsin midsize businesses surveyed.
“On one hand, it is humbling,” Maranatha President Dr. Marty Marriott said. “On the other, for those of us who serve here, it’s not surprising.
“Maranatha is a family of dedicated Christian servants who share the values of honesty, integrity, and industry that not only advance the College mission, but also create a healthy workplace environment.”
Miller’s nomination led to all College employees receiving online survey forms. Journal-Sentinel section editor Bob Helbig said more than 64,000 workers from 204 southeast Wisconsin completed the anonymous surveys, administered by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. Maranatha Chief Operations Officer Dr. Darryl Sturgill said 171 of 181 employees (95 percent) responded—well above the average response rate of 60-to-70 percent.
“I like the fact that the results are based on feedback from employees,” Helbig said. “Who better than the workers themselves to express how they feel about the quality of their workplace?”
The paper published some employee comments. One wrote, “I am able to fulfill my calling in an environment that shares my values, and I have the opportunity to fully utilize all of my interests and abilities.”
Employees ranked Maranatha highest in two categories, Direction and Managers. Those numbers indicate employee satisfaction with the future direction of the company and confidence in its leadership. Sturgill said the College ranked No. 3 among all midsize businesses surveyed in satisfaction with managerial leadership.
“It was good to see the confidence employees had in their managers,” Sturgill said. “This particular factor demonstrates mutual trust and truthful dialogue, not monologue.”
The midsize category is for businesses with 150 to 499 employees. The top-ranked companies in the survey were KwikTrip Inc. (Large), Stowell Associates Selectstaff (Medium) and Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District (Small). This is the second year the Journal-Sentinel has published the section.