DUBLIN, Ohio, 13 June 2017. OCLC, the nonprofit global library cooperative based in Dublin, has been named among the "Best Employers in Ohio" for the ninth consecutive year.
Best Employers in Ohio is a program of the Best Companies Group in conjunction with the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management State Council. The Best Employers in Ohio recognition is based in large part on confidential surveys of each organization's employees.
OCLC is ranked fifth out of 23 organizations recognized among the Best Employers in the Large Employers (250 or more employees) category. The complete list of organizations recognized as Best Employers has been published in the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management State Council publication.
"OCLC staff share a common goal to provide 21st century information services to thousands of libraries and their users worldwide," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "As an organization, we strive to provide the best work environment possible to help our teams achieve that goal. We appreciate this recognition as a ‘best employer in Ohio.' We remain committed to making OCLC a great place to work in Ohio, and in our offices around the world."
OCLC provides technologies for cataloging, reference, resource sharing, preservation, library management and web services to libraries. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain information they need. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive online database for finding library materials.
The Best Companies Group highlighted OCLC's flexible work schedule, and attention to the health and wellness of staff. "OCLC gives staff members generous health options, including creative and fun wellness programs: weight loss challenges, fitness challenges and fitness classes," according to the publication.
Best Companies Group conducts a simple yet thorough company assessment. The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company. In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company complete an employee engagement and satisfaction survey.
The collected information is combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies. The workplaces are ranked based on this data.
Eligibility for the Best Employers in Ohio program is open to all publicly or privately held businesses, either for-profit, not-for-profit or government entities.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.