Arizona now knows what the 300-plus employees at Salt River Schools have always known—it’s one of the best organizations to work for.
Salt River Schools was recognized this month as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in Arizona. The school system was the only tribal organization recognized as a 2016 top employer.
About 20 Salt River employees attended the June 7 awards breakfast, sponsored by azcentral.com, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. All winning companies were acknowledged. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Member Deanna Scabby, a member of the Salt River Schools board, accepted the award.
“We’ve really worked hard—everybody—and I mean from the administrative side of the school system to the education board to the teachers,” Scabby said. “Everyone has worked really hard to try to get where we are. We still have some way to go. We want our schools to be A+ schools ….”
Winning the award may help the school system reach its goal. Companies on the list have a “huge” advantage in the effort to win the battle for talent, said Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group, an azcentral.com consulting partner. Burke delivered a Top Company program overview at the event.
Salt River Schools, which has 370 employees, was ranked in the Medium Companies category (companies with 100 to 999 employees) and was one of the few school systems to make the list.
The award is based on criteria developed by Best Companies Group, which includes an employer questionnaire and employee survey. Seventy-five percent of the evaluation was based on employee engagement surveys and 25 percent was based on the employer questionnaire.
Salt River Schools completed the questionnaire in January and randomly selected 40 percent of its employees to take the survey in February, Human Resources Director Michael Latko said. Salt River Schools learned it had received the award in May, he said.
“It’s a very prestigious award,” Latko said. “The big [reason] why we did this is a lot of the people who are [job] applicants search out the employers who are on this list. So it’s a great public relations tool and a great recruiting tool for the district also.”
For more information on Top Companies, visit topcompanies.azcentral.com.