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About The Organization

SEWA Rural is recognized among India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019. Every year, Great Place to Work® identifies India's 50 Great Mid-size Workplaces (with employee strength of 100 to 500) through an objective and rigorous workplace culture assessment process.

SEWA Rural is a voluntary development organization involved in health & developmental activities in a rural tribal area of South Gujarat at Jhagadia since 1980. The activities are carried out based solely on principles inspired by ideas & ideas of Swami Vivekananda & Mahatma Gandhi. SEWA Rural's mission is to reach out & assist the poorest of poor through various health & development programs, keeping in focus community needs & available manpower.

Company Size

267 Employees

Industry

Non-profit and Charity (NGO)

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Why SEWA Rural is a Great Place to Work?

SEWA Rural has successfully created a Great Place to Work FOR ALL their employees as they have excelled on the 5 dimensions that are a hallmark of a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™ – Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. In a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute, SEWA Rural met the minimum criteria on the Trust Index© Employee Survey, on the consistency of experience across all demographics and on the Culture Audit© People Practices Framework, to clear the first level i.e. getting Great Place to Work-Certified™


Great Place to Work® is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in workplace culture assessment and recognition. 

As a certified organization, SEWA Rural became eligible to be considered among 'India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019' – a list that features the 'Best of the Best’. The process of identifying India's Great Mid-size Workplaces is based purely on the assessment findings and does not involve any jury or opinion based criteria. 

Culture Snapshot 
SEWA Rural is a voluntary development organization involved in health & developmental activities in a rural tribal area of South Gujarat at Jhagadia since 1980. The activities are carried out based solely on principles inspired by ideas & ideas of Swami Vivekananda & Mahatma Gandhi. SEWA Rural's mission is to reach out & assist the poorest of poor through various health & development programs, keeping in focus on community needs & available manpower.

This page highlights more about the work culture of the organization, selected best people practices, the vision of the leadership and glimpses of employee life. 

Read through to find out what makes SEWA Rural a Great Workplace.

Recognitions awarded by Great Place to Work®

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Great Place to Work-Certified™ from September 2018 - August 2019. Cerified for 2 years in a row!

India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019

India's 10 Best NGOs to Work For 2018

India's 15 Best Workplaces for Women 2018

Best People Practices

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Annual Sanskar Sinchan

Annual Sankskar Sinchan (Value strengthening) workshop is conducted involving all employees across functions and levels focusing mainly on strengthening culture and soft skill development. Those identified with the need are nominated to external skill-based training programs, e.g. teachers training, leadership development workshops, managerial skill development workshops, communication, etc.

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Listening - Upward Communication

Chitthi

At SEWA Rural, a voluntary development organization involved in health & developmental activities in the rural tribal area of South Gujarat, a system of small note called “chitthi” has been in practice since early days of the organization. All employees are aware about this practice and are encouraged to write their feedback, grievance and opinions on this small note which is displayed in every office. Such simple initiatives, where employees can freely express themselves at work, build a culture of trust and promotes openness in communication.

Spiritual atmosphere. Clean company. No caste or religions discrimination. No age group discrimination. Will be appreciated for good work.

Employee Testimonial

Every worker behaves with love, respect to another worker. There is no discrimination of high - low amongst workers. All can get solutions to their tension questions by taking heaps of their superior. That's why I feel my organization is an excellent place to work. I like working here.

Employee Testimonial

Leaders Speak

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Dr. Pankaj Shah

Managing Trustee, SEWA Rural

1. What is your personal approach to making a Great Workplace? 
For us, the growth and development of people/employees are as important as the growth of the organization/clients. Development of employees means improvement of their skills, knowledge, economic condition, the welfare of the family and ultimately personal and spiritual growth. Our approach to the great workplace is to create enabling environment for such growth and development of employees to happen. 

2. What are the top 2 benefits you see of creating a Great Workplace?
A. Employees truly own the organization's mission and value.
B. Workplace becomes a large family 

3. What are your top people priorities?
A. Growth and development of employees.
B. Leadership setting an example of the expected values
C. Building informal relationship with employees and families 

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
A. Regular external validation cum audit has helped us to further strengthen and sustain our efforts to remain a great workplace
B. external accreditation and recognition has motivated our employees and leadership to perform better
C. being a great workplace has helped us with branding
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Dr. Gayatri Desai

Trustee and an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, SEWA Rural

1. What can your present and potential employees be sure of from a work culture perspective in the organization?
SEWA Rural has and will continue to have a positive and throbbing work culture. Our ‘Karyakars’ will continue to find ‘joy of serving others’ at our workplace. Spirituality has continued to bind us for the past 4 decades and we would strive to lead by example of ‘work is workship’.

2. What, according to you, is a people challenge your industry is facing?
Finding employees committed to ‘serving poor’ vs employees joining to earn a living. 

3. How are you ensuring a consistent workplace experience FOR ALL your employees, irrespective of their role, age, gender, tenure, etc. in the organization?
3 Major contributors to a consistent experience for all joiners are:
1) The staunch and uniform onboarding experience
2) involved Participation in annual ‘Sanskar Sinchan’ workshops
3) Approachable, Transparent and flat organizational structure. 

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals? 
As NGO Great Place to Work® association comes to light mainly with external stakeholders viz donors and well-wishers. Our ‘Karykars’ feel proud to be part of an organization which has one of the best work cultures across the nation. As top management, we strive to maintain and supersede our own benchmarks.

Life @ SEWA Rural

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