May 16, 2017

Northwest FCS News


Northwest Farm Credit Services Named 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award Winner

SPOKANE, Wash. (May 17, 2017) – Northwest Farm Credit Services is proud to announce it has received the 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award. The award was created to recognize organizations for their extraordinary ability to created engaged workplace cultures that drive business outcomes.

"We work hard to cultivate a workplace where every employee can see they make a difference," said company President and CEO Phil DiPofi. "This Gallup award recognizes the quality of our employees and our commitment to give them the tools and structure they need to succeed. We are blessed to have people who are 100 percent engaged in what we're doing to improve the lives of our customers, our employees and our communities."

Northwest FCS joins an elite group of 37 organizations from around the world that average 14 engaged employees for every one actively disengaged employee, which is nearly seven times the rate in the U.S. and more than 15 times the rate for workforces globally.

Gallup's scientific research links employee engagement to nine integral performance outcomes:  customer metrics, profitability, productivity, turnover, employee safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism and quality. Companies with this combination have a competitive edge – organizations with highly engaged workforces can grow at a rate that is 4.3 times greater than that of their competitors.

All of the 2017 award recipients have shown measurable business impact as a result of having a more engaged workforce. They have achieved this by integrating engagement into four areas that Gallup has identified as vital to cultivating a workplace culture of engagement:  strategy and leadership; accountability and performance; communication and knowledge management; development and ongoing learning.

In addition to demonstrating measurable business impact, winning organizations must meet minimum criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Administer an employee engagement survey to at least 50 respondents representing a census of the organization
  • Receive a high, qualifying response rate
  • Receive a qualifying score on Gallup's proprietary employee engagement survey

A panel of Gallup workplace experts evaluates applicants and assesses them against criteria established by the most comprehensive workplace study conducted. 

About Gallup
Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup works with leaders and organization to achieve breakthroughs in customer engagement, employee engagement, organizational culture and identity, leadership development, talent-based assessments, entrepreneurship and well-being.

About Northwest Farm Credit Services
Northwest FCS is an $11 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

Debra Strohmaier, Communications Specialist