For the eleventh year in a row, Olivet has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces. The university earned this honor for the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), and is one of only five U.S higher education workplaces to receive this honor, as well as the only in the state.Director of Business and Human Resources David Pickering said Olivet received this honor for two primary reasons. “First, Olivet has exceptional employees who are here because they believe in the mission of the university, and also believe in each other. Second, Olivet has had exceptional leadership from Dr. Bowling and the vice presidents who provide a supportive environment for employees,” he said.The Best Christian Workplaces Institute is an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish. BCWI not only certifies places as the top Christian Workplaces, but they also give feedback as to how each workplace can improve.
In order to qualify for the Best Christian Workplaces designation, the employees of Olivet had to complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. According to Pickering, Olivet has just fewer than 600 full-time employees currently. Eighty percent of Olivet employees participated in completing the BCWI employee engagement survey. The surveys remain anonymous, providing the employees no benefit for completing survey in anything but an honest fashion. The employees’ responses were then evaluated under the BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits and teamwork.
Teamwork was especially emphasized by Pickering. “We have many events that bring us together,” he said. The employees had a “field day” over Winter Break where they competed in a variety of games, including tug-of- war. This field day is the faculty version of the student’s Ollie’s Follies.
“The tenure of the administration has provided consistent leadership across good times and times that have been more challenging. There is a strong trust between administration and employees,” Pickering said.
“The information we receive [from BCWI] gives our leadership and campus community a better understanding of the health of ONU,” Pickering said. “Our collective goal is to continue making ONU a great place to work; a place that models Christian virtues in how we interact with one another while we provide our students an education with a Christian purpose.”
—Mackenzie Mehaffey, Staff Writer