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DMACC Showcased as a "Top Workplace" by The Des Moines Register

Posted 9/20/2011
Top Work Places Award - The Des Moines Register
In a statewide employee satisfaction survey, DMACC was listed in the Des Moines Register (9/18/2011) as the second best place to work for large-size companies in Iowa. Read more by clicking the links below:

 • Complete list of rankings

DMACC employees give the highest marks to "working conditions."

DMACC has been named by TheDes Moines Register as number two on the Iowa's "Top Workplaces" list, an accolade resulting from an employee survey measuring six workplace qualities such as organizational leadership, working conditions and career opportunities.
"People want to feel valued in an organization. The survey clearly showed that's happening at DMACC," said Denise Larue of Workplace Dynamics, the company that conducted the research. "DMACC is far above the benchmarks of the others in the large employers category." Three areas where DMACC excelled and came in first place, compared to the larger employer benchmark, took place under "working conditions."

The three categories included:

  • "My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful."
  • "I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life"
  • "I feel genuinely appreciated at Des Moines Area Community College"

"I love my job and it was clear from this survey that a large number of faculty and staff at DMACC feel the same way I do," said Rob Denson, President & CEO of DMACC. "It's very rewarding for all of us at DMACC to help students achieve their career goals and dreams."
DMACC employs 2,341 full and part time employees on six campuses and in three learning centers across Central Iowa. The DMACC survey had a 60 percent response rate. Workplace Dynamic's Larue said was high. These were some of the noted responses from faculty and staff:

  • "They (leadership) listen to us and respond to our concerns. We are invited to help chart the future of our college. They (leadership) care about our students success by constantly changing to make our college better." - Urban Des Moines Campus
  • "They (leadership) support me both inside and outside the classroom with the resources I need to deliver a quality product." - Ankeny Campus
  • "DMACC operates by strong values and ethics," - Carroll Campus

Not all feedback was positive. DMACC scored sixth place in "employees getting formal training," however, due to budget cuts in recent years, there have been significant reductions in training and career development opportunities.
"It's important that we listen to the needs and concerns of faculty and staff," said Denson. "In coordination with DMACC Human Resources, we will closely review these results and see how we can improve." The President also said he and Kim Linduska, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Ankeny Campus Provost, are planning a series of visits to all six DMACC Campuses next month, to discuss the results and hear employee feedback.
Nearly 120 businesses and organizations participated in the Register's Top Workplace survey, but only 70 appeared in the published list. DMACC was placed in the large company employers category. The top spot went to Perishable Distributors of Iowa, second to DMACC and Pella Regional Health Center placed third.

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