Joliet YMCA Named Top Workplace in Chicago Area

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune. A three-time Top Workplace honoree, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families in Will, Grundy and Kendall Counties for 90 years.

The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

“Being named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune is a wonderful honor for our YMCA,” said President and CEO James Watts. “Our talented staff team is our greatest asset, and I am truly humbled to work alongside them each and every day. With the support of our volunteer leaders, we have worked very hard to build a staff culture where we can have fun and get a lot done while furthering the YMCA’s mission,” added Watts.

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA has nearly 500 full and part-time staff who work at four locations in Will and Grundy Counties.

Driven by its mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. But, most importantly, its doors are open to everyone, regardless of age, income or background. At the Y, no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.

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