TTU named a "Best Place to Work" in region by CBJ

A regional business journal crowned Tennessee Tech University as a “Best Place to Work” in a 15-county mid-state region in this month’s edition.

The Cumberland Business Journal selected Tennessee Tech as a 2009 Ovation Award winner in the professional services category for offering benefits and opportunities to encourage our professional development and personal wellbeing.

“By naming this annual award ‘Ovation,’ we are not merely recognizing the businesses and individuals who are strengthening our beautiful and growing region, we are offering prolonged and resounding applause,” said Claudia Johnson, CBJ’s editor-in-chief.

The publication chose TTU for this award by considering benefits and opportunities.
As State of Tennessee employees, TTU employees gain access to group health insurance, dental and life insurance, and an employee assistance program with counseling services.

The article also points to how TTU encourages employees, spouses and children to pursue higher education through programs that waive employee tuition for one course per term and reduce fees for dependent children and spouses.

The university is commended for following President Bob Bell’s call for a caring campus, where employees work in a culture dedicated to service to others. Employees are encouraged to volunteer on dozens of community projects each semester, and faculty, staff and students accumulate more than 10,000 volunteer hours in an academic year.

The university recognizes and rewards outstanding service through several awards and embraces diversity and encourages feedback and suggestions from all employees by providing avenues of communication.

To face the future, TTU helps employees prepare for retirement though the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System or optional retirement plan benefits, as well as tax deferred compensation plans.

“We consider every employee a member of a family that works together to serve students, each other and the community,” said Bell. “To be recognized as a Best Place to Work in this region is a testament to each individual and our team as a whole. Our work environment reflects our caring, professional employees.”

The issue also features an executive profile of Bell, chronicling his academic background and describing his leadership style and personal interests.

The Cumberland Business Journal supports growth and economic development in the Upper Cumberland. In its second year, the journal’s Ovation Awards program honors businesses, organizations, individuals and industries in the region.