Stryker Corp Gets Workplace Award

July 9, 2007
| By Pete Daly |
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KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. has been named one of 12 organizations to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award 2007 for having "one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world," according to a company release.

"The Gallup Great Workplace Awards are based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted," said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's Workplace and Leadership Consulting practice. The Gallup Organization studied more than 10 million employees in 100 countries around the world.

"The winners have gone far beyond just offering nice perks and benefits,” Rath said. “They have created an environment that truly engages people every day, throughout the organization."

Gallup, which is famed for its polls, has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years. It also provides management consulting services. A spokesman for Stryker said the company was a client of Gallup, but that being a client was not a requirement for nomination for the award.

According to the Associated Press, other winners of the Great Workplace Award 2007 included Blue Care Network of Michigan; ABC Supply Co. Inc., a wholesale distributor in Wisconsin; B&Q, a British home improvement chain; Campbell Soup Co.; Hendrick Health System of Texas; Marriott Vacation Club International; Starbucks Corp.; St. Joseph Health System of California; The Park Hotels of India; Wells Fargo & Co. Regional Banking; and Winegardner & Hammons Inc., a hotel management company based in Cincinnati.

Stryker had total sales of $5.4 billion in 2006, with most of its revenue from orthopaedic implants and equipment. The implants are used in joint replacement, trauma, craniomaxillofacial and spinal surgeries. Other products relate to biologics; surgical, neurologic, ear, nose, throat and interventional pain equipment; and endoscopic, surgical navigation, communications and digital imaging systems; as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment. According to Stryker, orthopaedic implants and equipment are a $22 billion market worldwide.

Stryker has more than 15,000 employees worldwide; 1,750 are in Michigan.

"Stryker is extremely proud to be recognized with the Great Workplace Award," said Stephen P. MacMillan, president and CEO. "We take employee engagement very seriously because we have seen the direct link between a highly engaged work force and our long track record for delivering exceptional growth and profitability."

Stryker was incorporated in Michigan in 1946 as the successor to a business founded in 1941 by Homer H. Stryker, an orthopaedic surgeon and inventor of several orthopaedic products.    

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