Kootenai Health is proud to have earned the 2022 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). This award recognizes the most engaged workplace cultures in the world. This is the fifth time Kootenai Health has been recognized by Gallup.
After another year of unpredictability in the workplace, Gallup found that Kootenai Health continued to engage and develop its people amid the disruption.
“Gallup’s 2022 GEWA winners have steered their organizations through another unprecedented and challenging year. They didn’t slow down or hit ‘pause’ during times of uncertainty. They stayed true to their organizational values. Gallup commends all of the 2022 GEWA winners for their resiliency, determination and commitment to making their people a priority,” said Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist of workplace management and wellbeing.
The GEWA winners’ ratio of engaged employees to actively disengaged employees is 13 times higher than the global average. Worldwide, only 20% of employees are engaged — that is, committed to their work and connected to their workplace — and just 34% of employees in the U.S. workforce are engaged. Seventy percent or more of employees at winning GEWA organizations are engaged.
“At Kootenai Health we recognize our employees are our greatest asset,” said Jon Ness, Kootenai Health’s chief executive officer. “To earn this recognition in spite of the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages is a point of pride for our entire organization. In some ways, these challenges served to highlight the strength of our organizational culture.”
Gallup’s meta-analysis on team engagement and performance is the most comprehensive workplace study ever conducted, with data on more than 2 million employees in 276 organizations across 54 industries and 96 countries. Highly engaged organizations significantly outperform their peers in important business outcomes, including customer ratings, profitability, productivity, turnover, safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism, quality, wellbeing and organizational citizenship.
“This recognition shows that Kootenai Health really is an employer of choice,” said Sarah McManus, Kootenai Health’s director of employee and guest experience. “We don’t just tout an exceptional employee experience, we deliver it. Although the pandemic impacted employees in every area of our organization, we never lost sight of our core values.”
For a complete list of GEWA winners and the selection process, visit the winners’ page.