Gallup Exceptional Workplace 2023

Grinnell Mutual named 2023 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award winner

Grinnell Mutual has received the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA) for the third year running. The award recognizes the most engaged workplace cultures globally.

By connecting employee engagement to every aspect of their culture, these organizations fuel the motivation and innovation that drive business results far beyond their competition around the world and give people what they really want from their careers and lives: belonging, learning, growth, recognition, a great manager, and the opportunity to do what they do best every day.

“Gallup’s 2023 GEWA winners proved that even during some of the most challenging times, strong cultures are resilient and find new ways to get work done and meet customer needs. These organizations continued to make employee engagement a central cultural priority as part of their business strategy, and they maintained record levels of employee engagement while achieving or exceeding their business goals,” said Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief scientist of workplace management and wellbeing.

Jeff Vogts, Grinnell Mutual’s vice president of Talent Development, said the company’s culture of trust and respect has always been a draw for potential talent.

“Grinnell Mutual has built a reputation for living its corporate values every day. We call this the ‘Grinnell Mutual Way.’ We continue to treat employees as what they truly are: the most important factor in our business success,” Vogts said.

“The deep commitment we have to our employees and to keeping the promises we make to customers is fundamental to the way we do business. Our culture is innovative and empowering; over the last three years we have risen to address many challenges and emerged not only whole, but even stronger as both an employer and an insurer. Grinnell Mutual is a magnet company attracting, retaining, and engaging top talent in a remote work environment,” he said.

“If you build a business around doing what’s right — for the company, the customers, and each other — not only does employee engagement reflect that, the bottom line does, too. We are very happy to win this prestigious award for a third year in a row.”

Because 70 percent of GEWA winners’ employees are engaged, those companies’ turnover rate is 43 percent lower, productivity is 18 percent higher, and profitability is 23 percent higher than at other workplaces. 

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when your team has a collective vision and purpose. Grinnell Mutual is an employee-focused company and we are so fortunate to have the best employees in the nation. Every day we receive wonderful stories about the great service our teams provide our customers,” said Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Jeff Menary. “They truly care about their company, their customers, their communities, and their co-workers. I believe the work and successes of our employees is the model of how businesses should operate.” 

Gallup’s meta-analysis on team engagement and performance is the most comprehensive workplace study ever conducted, with data on nearly 3 million employees across 54 industries and 96 countries.

Organizations with highly engaged employees significantly outperform their peers in important business outcomes, including customer ratings, safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism, quality, wellbeing, and organizational citizenship. Learn more and see the complete list of 2023 winners here.

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