Jewish Senior Life certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’

Michael King

Great Place to Work Institute and its senior care partner Activated Insights have recently honored Jewish Senior Life (JSL), Rochester’s only designated continuing care retirement community, with certification as a great place to work for the third year in a row.

The certification process involved surveying 100% of employees across JSL’s continuum of care and evaluating more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization, the belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling that their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.

“Jewish Senior Life is honored to be recognized for being a great place to work. Our employees are special people who take immense pride in what they do to support the people we serve. As an organization we want to provide every employee with the support they need to do what they love at a place where they enjoy working,” said Michael S. King, president and CEO, Jewish Senior Life.

Survey respondents answered questions that measure five dimensions of trust: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

Overall, JSL received a higher score than the national benchmark of like organizations, earning a trust index score of 78 — compared to the national benchmark of 71. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, JSL has grown its score year over year for the past three years and this year surpassed comparative benchmarks in nearly all areas, especially in the pride employees feel in their work, having a safe work environment, and having an effective payroll system.

A variety of recent employee-centered actions at JSL include wage increase and enhancement benefits, frequent recognition celebrations and food trucks and scholarships and hardship support.