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Mount Union Named the Best Small Employer in Ohio by Forbes

July 20, 2023

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union is proud to be named the top small employer in Ohio as part of Forbes’ inaugural listing of America’s Best Small Employers.

The University was ranked number 39 in the nation out of an initial pool of 10,000 businesses, with the 300 highest-scoring businesses making the final rankings. Forbes defines these companies as employing between 200 and 1,000 individuals.

According to its announcement, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista for the tools it used to assess each employer. Some of those tools included anonymous surveys of employees, tracking job-related websites for employer reputation, social listening and analysis of news websites to assess relationships with employees.

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“One of Mount Union’s strengths as an institution is empowering its employees to continually develop. It can be through personal or professional development – including our Leadership Mount Union program for faculty and staff – that can lead to opportunities for promotions or changing roles for new experiences across campus,” said Melissa Gardner, vice president for marketing. “Creating opportunities where employees can explore their passions and continue to grow supports a positive work environment.” 

“Mount Union offers fantastic benefits, such as tuition assistance for employees, spouses and children, as well as generous vacation time, sick time and retirement contributions. Also offering flexible work-from-home offerings, “Fun Fridays” with food trucks and utilization of exercise facilities also appeals to members of the community,” said Marci Craig, director of human resources at Mount Union. “Our employees take advantage of having free access to athletic and performing arts events to support students. They also partake in community service opportunities so frequently that we offer volunteer hours for them to make a difference in their own backyards.” 

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