The Y Receives 2015 Top Workplaces Honor


On Friday, the Chicago Tribune recognized the Greater Joliet Area YMCA as a Top 100 Workplace. A first time Top 100 Workplace honoree, the Y has been serving families in Will, Grundy and Kendall Counties for more than 85 years.

Read an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune’s feature below:

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA, which employs about 400 people at its locations in Joliet, Plainfield and Morris, ranked 19th among midsize companies in the Tribune’s list of top workplaces, according to Exton, Pa.-based consultancy WorkplaceDynamics. Its positivity score improved 12 percent over last year, among the highest on the list.

Sarah Porzel, the family and community engagement director at the Morris branch, said she has been impressed by the leadership’s emphasis on training.

“Seeing how much the leadership cared about our professional development made me want to take all the trainings and be prepared for the next roles,” said Porzel, who just assumed her fourth role at the Y in her three years working there full time.

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