Goodwin College Celebrates Inclusion on Hartford Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” List
A group of 40 Goodwin employees celebrated at Wallingford’s Oakdale Theater on March 19 as the College was officially named to The Hartford Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” list for 2014.
The Goodwin delegation — the largest at the event — represented the College at the awards dinner, which featured the 35 companies and organizations selected for the prestigious HBJ list.
The HBJ publishes a list annually after surveying companies and their employees on a number of criteria. The first part of the survey evaluates company policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics, while the second surveys employees on the working experience and environment. The survey, conducted anonymously, accounts for 75 percent of a company’s overall score.
Organizers said that this year’s list was the most competitive in the initiative’s nine-year history. A common factor that set the top companies apart from the rest was employees who feel engaged and connected with their employers.
“Being one of the best places to work in Connecticut gives your brand a boost and you will certainly reap the benefits of it,” said Peter Burke, CEO of the Best Companies Group, which coordinates the contest for The Journal.
Goodwin College was the only educational institution to make the list.
While the entire Goodwin leadership team and a number of trustees attended the dinner, it was Piotr Krzemien of the Information Technology Department who was selected to accept the award. Krzemien donned his now trademark green sunglasses, which became a familiar site to his coworkers during this year’s Employee Giving campaign. Krzemien played a big part in helping raise over $53,000 for the Goodwin College Foundation.
The companies who made the list, representing a diverse cross-section of Connecticut’s economy, were grouped according to size. With more than 400 employees, Goodwin joining the other large-sized companies that made the list. Additionally, 10 small and 15 medium companies made the overall list.
All the companies were introduced during the award ceremony, which also featured a trivia contest and photo montages of each honoree.
Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg said he was very pleased with Goodwin’s inclusion on the list and offered his congratulations to all the companies who qualified.
See online version of the Hartford Business Journal. Write-up on Goodwin College on page 13.