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Bank Independent among Newsweek’s ‘Most Loved Workplaces’

SHEFFIELD – For the second straight year, Bank Independent has been named to the Newsweek magazine Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list.

Bank Independent climbed three places from last year to net its No. 33 ranking this year, it was announced today. The 2023 Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces are the result of a collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company.

The results were determined after surveying more than 2 million employees from businesses with workforces varying in size from 50 to more than 10,000, according to a news release. The list recognizes companies that put respect, caring, and appreciation for their employees at the center of their business model.

“Our culture is truly wonderful and being recognized on America’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list for the second year in a row is further validation of that fact,” stated Rick Wardlaw, CEO of Bank Independent. “At Bank Independent, we are committed to ensuring that every team member feels connected and valued and that they understand their important role in our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

“The bank invests in our team members, and this investment is reflected in the trust our customers place in us. It is also reflected in the growth and positive impact our team members have on each other, their families, and their communities.”

The key areas included in the analysis are based on how well companies demonstrate the areas within the Spark Model as defined by BPI including Systemic Collaboration, Positive Vision of the Future, Alignment of values, Respect, and Killer Achievement, according to Newsweek. Employee sentiments and emotions indicating how engaged employees are, how positive they feel about their workplace, and how committed they are to the organization’s success were analyzed to identify the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces, the release said.

 “The workplaces that have demonstrated a commitment to their employees in 2023 are more likely to attract the best talent and deliver strong business outcomes,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief, Newsweek.

“Fully understanding and acting upon employee sentiment, emotion, and recommendations continues to be a challenge and top priority of executive leadership,” said Louis Carter, CEO of Best Practice Institute. “The companies on this list have committed to listening carefully to their employees to create a workplace employees love.”

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