For the second consecutive year, Loyola University Chicago has been named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces. The University ranked 18th among businesses in the large company category, maintaining its position from 2010.
This year, more than 1,200 University employees participated in the survey, which was administered this summer by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, an independent research company hired by the newspaper. Questions focused on categories such as employee appreciation, pay and benefits, and senior management.
Tom Kelly, senior vice president of administrative services and chief human resource officer, says, “The University is thrilled to once again be recognized in the Tribune’s rankings. We believe this is a great place to work and our faculty and staff members consistently report they are engaged and energized by Loyola’s mission, image, reputation, and the respect and care they experience within the campus community.” Kelly adds that University administrators appreciate the input and want to address their concerns at the institutional, divisional, and college/school level.
One improvement Loyola has made, based on faculty and staff input from surveys like this one, deals with pay and benefits. “In the past year, we increased the University’s overall retirement contribution and scheme to more closely match our peer and aspirant schools,” Kelly says.
Down the road, Loyola will continue to work on improving collaboration among different departments. “Faculty and staff tell us that they have a strong sense of teamwork within their own work group, but don’t experience the same level of cooperation, communication, and shared priorities across the University,” Kelly explains.
In the 24-question survey, faculty and staff overwhelming expressed that they “felt a part of something” and “felt genuinely appreciated” in their roles at the University.
Inside Loyola recently spoke to faculty and staff members to learn more about their feelings toward Loyola.
Arthur J. Lurigio, PhD, professor and associate dean for faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences, believes Loyola is “a highly welcoming and supportive work environment.” During his 22 years as a professor and administrator, Lurigio has “always felt respected, valued, and appreciated as a member of a broader community of teachers, scholars, and advocates for social justice.”
Sarah Malouf, associate director for alumni relations, says she loves working for Loyola because it’s an academic institution with a mission she believes in. “Even among the rest of the Jesuit institutions where being a ‘person for others’ is at the forefront of the educational principles, there’s something fundamentally different about Loyola University Chicago,” she says. Malouf loved Loyola during her time as a student, both as an undergraduate and graduate, and she says being an employee is just as rewarding.
“Loyola is a place where I am challenged to see beyond my own work, beyond my own life,” Malouf says.
The University, along with other top workplace winners, was officially recognized at a congratulatory event on Monday, November 14, in the Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn, Chicago.
To learn more about the Top Workplaces program and other ranked organizations, click here. On the site, you can also access a feature article from today’s Top Workplaces special section, which includes an interview with Father Garanzini (and other leaders) discussing what it takes to make employees happy. To access that article, click here.