6 Years, Eastern a ‘Top Workplace’

Professor Okon Hwang teaches piano and ethnomusicology for Eastern's Music Program

Professor Okon Hwang teaches piano and ethnomusicology for Eastern’s Music Program

Written by Edward Osborn

For the sixth time in the past seven years, the Hartford Courant has recognized Eastern Connecticut State University in its “Top Workplaces” survey. With almost 1,000 employees, Eastern ranked fourth in the “large” category, and was the only public higher education institution recognized among 60 organizations in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, Windham and New London counties. Results were published on Sept. 22 in the Hartford Courant. Eastern also received a special recognition this year for the leadership provided by Senior Management.

Surveys were administered on behalf of the Courant by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, a research and consulting firm that has compiled top employer lists for some of the nation’s largest media outlets. Rankings were based on confidential survey results completed by employees of the participating organizations.

The survey included 24 statements, with employees asked to assess each one on a scale from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Topics included organizational direction, workplace conditions, effectiveness, managers and compensation. Each company was assigned a score based on a formula.

“We are honored to be recognized once again as a top workplace in Connecticut,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Even though Eastern was recognized in the large organization category, our campus has always prided itself on being a close-knit community and a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, their families and the community-at-large. This announcement reminds us that Eastern is a great place for our faculty and staff to work and a wonderful atmosphere in which our students can learn.  I am very pleased that we were among those recognized.”