OKLAHOMA CITY – For the third year in a row, EPIC Charter Schools has been named a Top Workplace, taking third place in the category of “large companies,” which includes companies with more than 350 employees. The state’s largest charter school system also took the top award in the employee appreciation category.
“EPIC places a high premium on providing an inclusive, transparent and dynamic workplace for each of its more than 1,400 employees,” said EPIC Superintendent Bart Banfield. “Our commitment to this is absolute as we continue to serve children and families under our care.”
Energage, a data analytics company, facilitates the Top Workplace competition and calculates results, which are published annually in The Oklahoman. The competition involves an application process and participating companies agreeing to have their employees complete a comprehensive workplace survey. Energage keeps employees’ feedback confidential and tabulates responses, ranking employers based on how their employees respond in the survey.
Banfield pointed to several initiatives that contribute to EPIC’s culture of support, including guaranteeing that no employee will earn less than $30,000 a year and providing the highest teacher pay structure in the state (and among the highest in the region), which averages $64,000 annually. Among other supports for employees, EPIC also has invested in a generous tuition reimbursement program for its faculty and staff, robust professional development, a leadership program via GIANT Worldwide and performance pay for all faculty and staff.
“As the old saying goes, ‘happy employees are productive employees,’” Banfield said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the incredible dedication and work ethic our teachers and administrative staff bring each day.”