Sep 16, 2018
Grant Wood AEA Named “Top Workplace” for 5th Consecutive Year
Agency is ranked 5th best large workplace in the state
For the fifth consecutive year Grant Wood Area Education Agency has been recognized as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces, a designation based on survey feedback provided by the AEA’s staff. Grant Wood AEA’s leadership team accepted the award during the Top Workplaces awards ceremony in Des Moines on Sept. 13.
“It’s a great honor for our workplace to be recognized with this award,” says Grant Wood AEA Chief Administrator John Speer.
This year the size of the AEA’s employee group topped 500 staff members, which placed the agency into the large employer category. After measuring survey responses submitted by 85 percent of AEA staff against the results for other Iowa employers of similar size, Grant Wood AEA ranked fifth among the large employers in Iowa. Last year’s ranking of the Top Workplaces in Iowa put Grant Wood AEA 16th on its list of mid-sized employers.
“We believe the foundation of a great workplace is built on a strong culture,” added GWAEA Associate Administrator Maria Cashman. “At the AEA, our culture is built around being a service organization that is focused on our mission, ensuring success for all learners, and we work hard to ensure that everyone sees their connection to our mission.
Speer commented, “About 75 percent of our funding supports programs and services for students with special needs, and we’ve worked hard to ensure that our mission of supporting these students- and all students- is a connection that’s felt in all parts of our organization. We’re pleased that our staff feel appreciated and connected to this work that impacts so many young people in our area.”
The employee feedback survey is conducted by Energage, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement, through a partnership with The Des Moines Register. Employers are ranked in small, medium and large categories. The Des Moines Register published the complete list of 2018 Top Workplaces in a special section on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Grant Wood AEA is one of nine intermediate educational service organizations in Iowa and employs more than 500 staff. Those staff support 32 school districts in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.