by Heidi Butler; photos by Randy Monceaux
March 01, 2013
A Morning Call headline on March 3 described Northampton Community College (NCC) as fostering an "ego-free" culture, but faculty and staff couldn't help but feel proud when Northampton was named one of 30 "Top Workplaces in the Lehigh Valley" based on a survey conducted by the national research firm WorkplaceDynamics.
Close to 700 of the 15,000+ employees of area firms that Workplace Dynamics surveyed were full- and part-time faculty and staff at Northampton.
When the results were tabulated, Northampton emerged not only as one of the 30 most respected employers in the Lehigh Valley, but as #1 among large employers.
Faculty and staff rated NCC above regional and national norms in almost every category. They gave the college the highest marks in the following areas: 1) going in the right direction, 2) effective leadership and 3) operating by strong values and ethics. President Mark Erickson earned the highest ranking among leaders of workplaces with 500+ employees.
In the comments section, faculty and staff reflected on many aspects of working at NCC with observations like:
"I'm impressed by how everyone I meet has a 'students-first' mindset."
"Everyone works together to get the job done."
"The work environment is one in which everyone is encouraged to bring their ideas to the table."
"The employees are highly competent. Lots of smart and interesting folks here."
"NCC has a family atmosphere."
The family atmosphere was in evidence on Friday, March 1, when faculty and staff at NCC Main and Monroe campuses and at the Fowler Family Southside Center gathered to celebrate NCC's ranking as a Top Employer.
And then it was back to serving students. Together. Without ego.
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