A spirit of caring and empowerment makes Wingate University a special place to work.

President Rhett BrownFor the third year in a row, Wingate University has been recognized as a great place for employees to ply their trade. This year, Wingate has made the top five among large companies in the Charlotte Observer’s list of Top Workplaces. In addition, President Rhett Brown has received the Leadership Award for the large-company category.

In 2015, Wingate was the No. 4 large company (more than 500 employees) on the Top Workplaces list, and last year the University was named one of the Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year, Wingate is No. 5 among large companies (and the only college or university named) in the Observer’s Top Workplaces rundown, which was compiled based on employee-feedback surveys. RoundPoint Mortgage was No. 1 among large companies, followed by Compass Group, Ally Financial and Fifth Third Bank.

“We’re thrilled to once again be recognized as a Top Workplace,” Wingate University President Rhett Brown says. “The positive feedback from our employees is a sign that the same culture of caring I discovered when I came to Wingate as a student more than 30 years ago hasn’t just survived but is thriving.”

Brown was lauded by the Observer for embracing the “One Dog” philosophy. Wrote one employee: “I am pleased to have Rhett Brown as our President and like that he is encouraging better communication between faculty and the administration. I like that he is restoring the importance of faith in the life of the University.”

Health worker interacting with studentBrown, a two-time Wingate graduate, says that at the heart of his leadership style is his deep passion for the University.

“Our guiding purpose is to change lives for the better: those who study here, who teach here, who work here, and who live here,” Brown says. “And one thing we know is that students get the best support from faculty and staff members who are supported. No workplace is perfect, but at Wingate we work hard to make sure people are empowered and engaged. Like so many leaders of this university who passed this way before me, my co-workers and I care deeply about this place, and I think it shows.”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee-feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, such as alignment, execution and connection.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day – the employees.”

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October 2, 2017