501(c) Agencies Trust would like to once again congratulate Career Path Services in Spokane, Washington for being named as a best nonprofit to work for in 2016. The organization has been a 501(c) Agencies Trust participant since 2013.
For the fourth year in a row, The NonProfit Times has named Career Path Services to its 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in the USA. Career Path Services ranked #32 overall, and #15 in the Medium size category (50-249 employees).
“We are honored to be named to this prestigious 2016 list with other honorees like SightLife of Seattle, the only other nonprofit from the Pacific Northwest,” remarked the organization on their blog.
Organizations from across the country entered the evaluation process to determine the Best Nonprofits To Work For. It’s a multi-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating nonprofit. The organization completes a questionnaire and then employees complete a confidential survey. Sources outside the organization also are contacted.
Collected information is combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of participating organizations. Workplaces are ranked based on this data and then the Employer Benchmark Summary is returned to each participating organization.
“This is a good day for us and our entire Trust family,” said John Huckstadt, Founder of 501(c) Agencies Trust. “We work hard to help our participating organizations complete their missions and take care of their employees. When one of us is recognized in such a way we feel so proud to be associated with them and honored to work with them everyday.”
So how does Career Path Services try to maintain its title as a best place to work?
The organization has very deliberate policies designed to keep employees engaged and retained. In order to measure moral and engagement, Career Path Services uses surveys and audits to track their progress, identify pain points and areas to innovate.
“We have an annual all staff conference as well as an annual division training. During those meetings, we collect anonymous surveys for feedback and suggestions,” said Marie Bjork, CFO for CareerPath Services in a statement about their 2015 award.
“We also take every advantage of participation in evaluations such as NPT’s Best Nonprofit to Work For and Seattle Best Places to Work,” said Bjork. “These reviews provide solid comprehensive feedback that is used by our management team and Employee Advisory Group as we review benefits, policies and programs.”
When it comes to retention, Career Path Services has tried to encourage wellness through simple benefits.
Each employee receives an allowance ($25 per month for all full time staff; $50 per month for management staff) for reimbursement of expenses in any of three development categories such as gym membership, books or class registration for higher education, leadership development books, running shoes, ski lodge passes, golf lessons, exercise videos, yoga videos, bicycles, and more.
The organization also makes sure to negotiated employee discounts for various items, such as cell phone plans, local baseball tickets, and amusement park passes.
Photo Credit: Career Path Services