Greenleaf Trust Named on Great Place to Work® 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

GLT_Stack_hiResGreenleaf Trust was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in Fortune magazine. Ranked 23, this is the first time Greenleaf Trust has received this honor. Divided into two categories, Small (25-250 employees) and Medium (251-999 employees), the list has recognized companies with exceptional workplace cultures for the past eleven years.

Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Greenleaf Trust participated in a rigorous selection process, which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions of a great workplace: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

In compiling the list, Great Place to Work® has found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.

“We survey our teammates every year to gauge their engagement and get their input on how we can improve as a company for our clients. When we ask them about what they are most pleased with as a member of the Greenleaf team, their unequivocal answer year after year is culture. That’s why we listen and work purposely every day to nurture our culture,” said Greenleaf Trust President, Michael F. Odar.

“Greenleaf Trust has an entire team dedicated to maintaining our culture. This team is made up of team members representing all divisions and generations working together to keep employees informed, connected and provide them with things that help make working easier and more fun. Some of the exciting opportunities provided involve donating time, money and resources to local non-profit organizations in our community while at work,” said Sarah A. Johansson, Vice President and Director of Marketing .

Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.

To see the 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit

About Greenleaf Trust

With offices in Kalamazoo, Birmingham, Petoskey and Traverse City, Greenleaf Trust is an independent Michigan-chartered trust-only bank, exclusively focused on wealth management, trust and estate administration, and administration of company-sponsored retirement plans. Through our unique, client-centric team approach, we provide highly personal and customized client service, with no conflicts of interest, to ensure our clients’ financial security from generation to generation.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including Best Companies lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list.

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Sarah Johansson, VP, Director of Marketing
Greenleaf Trust