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Village of Park Forest Named One Of Chicago’s Top Workplaces


The Village Board Room. (ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Village of Park Forest has been named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago’s Top Workplaces magazine, included in the November 15th issue of the Chicago Tribune, lists the Village of Park Forest 31st out of 45 smaller employers to make the list of 100.

"This is something that we in Park Forest have believed to be the case about our organization for quite some time; that we have a special group of people who work for this town, who make it all the more special of a place," said Mayor John A. Ostenburg.  

Many employees seem to agree.

"It is a very supportive and fun work environment," says Marcy Gott of the Village’s Water Department.

In May, Village employees took part in a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, an organization specializing in workplace surveying and partner to the Chicago Tribune for this report. Employees responded to a set of statements about their feelings toward their workplace, using a seven-point scale. The statements focused on issues such as the direction of the company, execution, and conditions. A numerical value was attached to each statement, allowing WorkplaceDynamics to create an overall score for each company.

Park Forest Village Manager Tom Mick noted, "As the Chief Administrative Officer of our organization, I find it professionally rewarding to review the criteria associated with this wonderful designation for the Village of Park Forest."

In total, just over 1,500 organizations in the Chicagoland area were invited to participate in surveying their employees for Top Workplace consideration.

Chicago’s Top 100 Workplaces is divided into three categories: small (fewer than 250 employees), midsize (250-999) and large organizations (1,000 and above).

The Village of Park Forest was the only municipality to make the Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces list for 2011.

For more about the Top Workplaces program and other organizations included in the top 100, click here. To see the Village of Park Forest highlighted, click here

Park Forest was the only municipality to make the list.

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