Heard on the Street: Mayo a 'top employer to work for'

Mayo Clinic this week was named No. 86 on Fortune Magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

It's the 13th consecutive year Mayo made the list; last year, it ranked 73rd.

"This leading healthcare organization cares for its caregivers: A Burnout Strategy Taskforce prevents and tackles exhaustion in departments where burnout is frequent, and 475 employee 'wellness champions' are scattered throughout larger locations," Fortune's article says.

In addition, Mayo has wellness programs that include exercise facilities and discounted memberships to area health clubs, group classes, individual sessions with fitness coaches, lunch-and-learns, and meals-to-go.

"If an employee is critically ill or injured over 150 miles from a Mayo location, they can expect free air ambulance transport to the nearest Mayo facility for care," Fortune says.


A review based on 921 employees surveys said 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

The surveys gave Mayo the following rankings: Great challenges got 92 percent; great atmosphere got 92 percent; great rewards got 89 percent; great pride got 95 percent; great community got 89 percent; and great bosses got 89 percent.

According to Fortune, Mayo's workforce is 69 percent female, and 14 percent minority.

Mayo got plaudits for offering telecommuting, job sharing and an onsite fitness center, although it doesn't have on-site child care or fully paid sabbaticals, Fortune noted.

The article says Mayo has 44,609 U.S. employees, which doesn't include Mayo Clinic Health System employees. Mayo's recent annual report put the full number at 64,033, up 7.6 percent from the year before. — Mike Klein

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