As you all know culture is something that is very important to Greenleaf Trust. It defines us and differentiates us. One of our founding goals in 1998 was to find really talented teammates and create a culture that would engage and inspire them. If we could do that, then just think about what that team could do for our clients.

Because our culture is so important to us, it’s a critical component of our long-term strategic plan and something we work hard at every day. We also carefully and continuously take its temperature. One of the ways we do this is through our behavioral science partner, Humanex Ventures. Every year we provide our teammates with an anonymous survey to inquire about what is important to them and how they feel about their role, support from their manager, their team, and the Greenleaf organization as a whole. Response rates are high because teammates believe in the importance of the culture we have created together. This year’s response rate was 88%.

I am extremely proud to share with you the five questions with the highest scores (from 1-5, with 5 being the highest) from our survey this year and the percentage of teammates that answered either “agree” or “strongly agree”.

Statements Rating (Percentage)
I take complete ownership for my attitude and effort in embracing a growth mindset. 4.77 (99.4%)
I am driven to contribute to the success of our organization. 4.77 (96.8%)
I am committed to achieving my potential through learning and growing. 4.77 (99.4%)
I support our organization’s mission. 4.75 (97.5%)
I feel great pride in being a part of our organization. 4.75 (96.8%)

When analyzing the scores from all 180 questions, we can get a gauge for the percentage of our team that is highly engaged. According to Gallup, a global analytics and advisory company that has conducted employee engagement studies for years, 32% of full- and part-time employees working for organizations in the United States are engaged, while 18% are actively disengaged. The engagement trends downward from 2020. Engaged employees based on their definition are involved and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. We would agree with that definition. Our results are a little different, though. More than 89% of our team is highly engaged, and that trend is up from 2020.

As previously mentioned, this is the type of team and culture we wanted to build, nurture, and grow as we did from the beginning 25 years ago. There are many benefits of having a strong culture and highly engaged team from an organizational perspective like increased productivity, improved recruiting, a louder brand identity, better retention, and even enhanced profitability. Those are all important benefits from a long-term success perspective and our ability to serve clients from generation to generation. We are OK though with being a little myopic when considering the benefits. That is because we have experienced these long-term organizational benefits by focusing more on the impactful benefits that a strong culture and highly engaged team provide to our clients and teammates.