Compassion International Receives 2012 Gallup Great Workplace Award

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Colorado Springs Non-Profit One of 27 Organizations Awarded for Employee Engagement Worldwide

We know that high employee engagement correlates to increased productivity. That high level of productivity directly affects over 1.3 million children in poverty that we serve in 26 countries.

Compassion International, the largest holistic child development organization in the world, announced today that it has received the Gallup Great Workplace Award. The honor recognizes Compassion for fostering “one of the most productive and engaged work forces in the world,” according to Gallup.

Compassion President, Wess Stafford says, “Compassion is so thankful to be publicly recognized for the efforts of our employees. We know that high employee engagement correlates to increased productivity. That high level of productivity directly affects over 1.3 million children in poverty that we serve in 26 countries. This is no small matter.”

Gallup compares applicants’ results across its workplace research database composed of millions of work teams in more than 170 countries. A panel of experts reviews each organization’s impact portfolio of quantitative and qualitative components. Based on the criteria, Compassion was one of only 27 organizations to receive the honor.

“Organizations such as Compassion have established a new global standard for engaging people,” said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup’s Workplace and Leadership Consulting practice. “When compared to the millions of workgroups we have studied around the world, the awardees have worked tirelessly to create an environment that values people. They go far beyond trivial perks to ensure that each employee has an emotional connection to the company’s mission and growth.”

"Compassion International's workforce has been participating in Gallup's Employee Engagement Survey annually since 2008. We've prioritized efforts to measure and improve staff engagement levels because we care deeply about our employees and about our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name," says Stafford.

Compassion will formally receive the award as part of The Gallup Summit, May 15-17. In addition, Compassion International will present its best practices that have achieved such a highly engaged workforce.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.3 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded ten consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.

About the Gallup Great Workplace Award
The Gallup Great Workplace Award recognizes the best-performing workforces in the world. Applicants’ results are compared across a workplace research database composed of millions of work teams in more than 170 countries. A panel of workplace experts assesses the applicants’ results to select the winners.

Media Interviews:
Compassion President, Wess Stafford is available for interviews April 18 and 19. Compassion COO, David Dahlin is available for interviews as requested.

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Kathy Redmond
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