Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE name American Heart Association one of the Best Workplaces for Women

First time the Associations recognized specifically for building a female-friendly culture

September 15, 2017 Categories: Program News

DALLAS, September 15, 2017 – The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – has once again been selected as a top employer in the U.S. in a leading ranking. Today, the global nonprofit was named by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE magazine as one of the country’s Best Workplaces for Women.

This is the first year the Association has been recognized with this specific distinction, however the organization was recognized earlier this year for the 2017 Best Workplaces in Health Care award and earlier as a Best Workplace for both Millennials and Baby Boomers. Earlier this year, the AHA was recognized as a 2017 Best Nonprofit to Work For by The NonProfit Times.

“Building a supportive and equitable workplace is vital to achieving our mission -- building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our success depends on developing the full potential of our people, said Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “This top honor is another example of how we bring to life an environment where men and women alike can bring their best selves to work each day and how we offer a supportive and equitable place to build a career.”

“These recognitions are a testament to the American Heart Association’s strong commitment to creating an environment that encourages our people to openly express their thoughts and ideas within a culture of constant innovation,” said Brown “I am so proud of the work all our employees do every day and the passion they bring to our lifesaving mission.”

Research from Great Place to Work shows that women are five times more likely to plan a long-term future with their employers when they’re treated as full members of the team, regardless of their position. Ranked employers also set themselves apart from competitors in other important ways: 95 percent of women at these organizations describe them as friendly, and the same share say they’re proud to tell others where they work.

The list considered more than 400,000 employee surveys from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The ranking gauged women’s assessment of their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness and other elements essential for a great workplace. The American Heart Association came in number 96 on the list. Association employees responded extremely positively to many questions, including:

  • 97 percent: “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.”
  • 96 percent “I’m proud to tell others I work here.”
  • 94 percent: “When I look at that we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.”
  • 93 percent: “People here are given a lot of responsibility.”
  • 92 percent: “I am able to take time off from work when I think it’s necessary.”

"We applaud American Heart Association for seeking certification and releasing its employees' feedback," said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work's Certification Program. "These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees' trust and create a great workplace - critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with American Heart Association should take into account as an indicator of high performance."

Details on the ranking

The ranking was drawn from surveys of more than 400,000 U.S. employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations, assessing them on:

  • Key metrics for a great workplace. Great Place to Work analyzed how women rated their organizations in more than 50 areas, including respect, fairness, management and camaraderie.
  • Gender comparison. The ranking considered women’s survey results compared to their colleagues to ensure women had as positive an experience as men. This took into account an index of factors where women often lag their peers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay and plans for a future with their organizations.
  • Consistent experiences in a diverse group. Great Place to Work also analyzed demographic patterns to ensure companies created great workplaces for all women, regardless of who they are or what jobs they do.

Surveys were conducted anonymously at each organization and women’s results achieved at least a 95 percent confidence level and a 7 percent margin of error or less. Organizations needed to employ at least 50 women to be considered.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, small & medium companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps its clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

For Media Inquiries: (214) 706-1173

Suzanne Grant: Suzanne.Grant@heart.org, (214) 706-1498

For Public Inquiries: (800) AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

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