What makes a workplace great? Ask the employees at MBU who completed a workplace survey and garnered recognition for MBU for being one of the Top Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin—and the only one in Watertown.
As a medium sized organization with close to 200 employees, MBU was recognized for being an institution where employees find their jobs “rewarding and meaningful”—high praise according to University President Dr. Marriott.
“Yes, we strive to work in an excellent way for the good of our students and the University as a whole, but the greater motivation is to do our work heartily, as unto the Lord,” states Marriott. “Working toward a common goal—pleasing God first—unifies us as an institution. What could be more meaningful or rewarding than doing our work to His glory?”
The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback via an employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.
The survey assesses the fundamentals of the company, such as its values, execution, leadership, and culture. Other categories include the day-to-day job, with questions about managers, pay, training, and work/life balance. Employees are also asked about their overall feelings of motivation, wanting to stay, and wanting to recommend.
MBU employees were eager to share what makes their workplace great.
Phillip Olt, Assistant Director of Maranatha Online and Distance Learning, appreciates the culture and work/life balance at MBU. “I love working at Maranatha because of the family atmosphere,” says Olt. “Everyone, from the students to the administrators, understands that a job shouldn’t be the top priority in the lives of employees, and the culture is one of respect as we work together to accomplish our mission.”
Janean Barnes, MEd Coordinator and Administrative Assistant of the School of Education shares, “I love that my work hours are flexible so that I can go to my children’s field trips and sports activities. My coworkers and supervisors are very supportive in my continuing education. We all work together toward the same goal.”
For Steve Board, Director of Development, “faithfulness to Scripture” and the “common mission that all members have accepted and are committed to” were key factors. “MBU provides a culture of trust, commitment to a mission, and a common desire to see all members of the team succeed,” Board says.
An added plus to working at MBU is living in Watertown, mentions Chris Harper, Electronic Media Specialist.
“Watertown is a convenient and easy place to live, especially for those who live downtown,” says Harper, who moved his family from Alaska to Wisconsin nearly four years ago. “We used to live 13 miles out of town in Alaska, where there was no such thing as walking anywhere,” Harper says. “Now I can walk to work. Or if I want a cup of coffee, I can walk down the street to get one. My wife can walk with our kids to the park or grocery store.”
“We appreciate the Top Workplace award because it gets the word out about Maranatha Baptist University,” shares Peter Wright, Director of the Communications Office. “God is using dedicated people to do great things here in Watertown, and it shows.”