By TERRY GROOVER
and CHRIS EVERSOLE
For The Mustang News
Officials are excited about Mustang Public Schools being ranked sixth among the best workplaces in Oklahoma.
This is the third consecutive year that Mustang Schools has appeared in the rankings, but this is the top spot so far, said Chris Tobler, the executive director of human resources.
The Oklahoman makes the rankings based on employee feedback that is gathered through Energage, a research firm.
“Our employees dictate where we fall,” Tobler said.
“The ranking is a wonderful reflection of our positive culture.”
Tobler attributed the culture to the leadership of Superintendent Charles Bradley and the raises that the board of education provided over the past two years.
The Mustang district, which employs 1,560, moved up six spots from last year.
“That’s a big move,” School Board President Chad Schroeder said. “Good job.”
Also on this year’s list are the Yukon School District and Piedmont Public Schools.
Yukon, which employs 1,008, is ranked eighth.
The Piedmont School District, which has 449 employees, was ninth.
“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage.
“Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover and double the employee engagement levels.
“It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”
Meanwhile, last year’s list included the city of Mustang, but the city did not appear on this year’s list.
This year’s top workplace was the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, followed by Ben E. Keith Co.
According to The Oklahoman, 132 employers participated in the 2019 survey. Combined, they had 71,796 workers in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoman said 96 workplaces were honored.