Today, Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) honors 96 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for the first six months of 2021.
After more than a year filled with unexpected challenges and obstacles, these organizations demonstrate exemplary workplace culture and exceed standards as healthy places to work.
“Organizations certified as a Best Christian Workplace have treated employees well during the toughest of times and will thrive as the economy recovers. As the demand for talent increases, these organizations will achieve traction, unlike many others who will experience significant employee turnover,” says BCWI CEO Al Lopus.
Using BCWI’s Employee Engagement Survey, 147 organizations were evaluated on their workplace culture based on BCWI’s proprietary “FLOURISH Model,” which includes the following factors: Fantastic Teams, Life-Giving Work, Outstanding Talent, Uplifting Growth, Rewarding Compensation, Inspirational Leadership, Sustainable Strategy, and Healthy Communication. Certification as a Best Christian Workplace was determined based on anonymous employee feedback and awarded to those organizations deemed “Healthy” or “Flourishing,” based on survey results.
This year’s survey uniquely highlights the positive benefits of the Christian workplace. During the pandemic, organizations were met with new challenges, including accommodating remote work, implementing new safety measures to care for their staff, and pivoting ministry and organizational goals to reach those they serve in creative ways. The positive results from the survey highlight the benefits of a holistic approach to employee care and its subsequent positive impact on employee engagement, a key characteristic of a Best Christian Workplace.
“At certified Best Christian Workplaces, people of faith express their appreciation by bringing their entire selves to work as they experience significant meaning and purpose,” says Lopus. “These organizations have worked to create a sense of community through healthy communication, even while staying at home during the pandemic.”
This year’s certified list features organizations in the United States, Canada, Zambia, and Australia, and includes a variety of faith-based nonprofits, churches, Christian-owned businesses, and a record high nine rescue missions.
Since 2002, BCWI’s Employee Engagement Survey has been completed by more than 300,000 employees from over 1,000 organizations in the US, Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, and Central America.