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Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) announces that Olivet has qualified as one of only five higher education workplaces named as Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2014. This is the ninth consecutive year that Olivet has earned this honor. 

To be certified, an organization must complete the BCWI employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence.

Olivet employees voluntarily and anonymously answered more than 50 questions about how well Olivet is doing in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions also gave employees the opportunity to share more information about how their employer is doing and suggestions for improvement.

“Our employees continue to have a high level of engagement and love the contribution that they are making to the mission of the University,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources. “Our students ultimately benefit from having employees who enjoy their work atmosphere and feel that their work has a purpose.” 

Al Lopus, BCWI president, notes: “We believe Christian workplaces should set the standard as the best, most effective workplaces in the world. It takes intentional effort to create a healthy, even flourishing workplace culture.”

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s vision is that Christian workplaces would be the world’s best and most effective workplaces. Its employee survey is one way of helping Christian organizations achieve that. 

BCWI is a research-based organizational and human resources consulting firm based on Mercer Island, Wash. Creating processes of discovery, facilitating organizational effectiveness and encouraging practices that build healthy workplaces is BCWI’s purpose. Its staff has surveyed employees of Christian organizations across North America and Australia since 2002.