HBA Wins Second Place in Pacific Business News’ Hawaii’s Best Workplaces of 2021
Christina Yasutomi

Dana Sato '00, right, reviews a robotics assignment with fifth graders. 

Pacific Business News (PBN) has awarded Hawaii Baptist Academy second place in its Hawaii’s Best Workplaces of 2021. The award honors the island’s leading employers who have gone above and beyond to foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees.        

In partnership with research partner Quantum Workplace, PBN surveyed Hawaii employees at participating workplaces with a confidential survey with more than 50 job-related statements. Respondents were asked to rate their employers on a level of agreement from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” Examples of statements include, “At work, my opinions seem to count,” and “I recommend this organization as a great place to work.” Based on employees’ responses, an organization’s employees were deemed to be “hostile,” “disengaged,” “contributing,” or “engaged.” These were then tabulated into a Quantum score in order to select the top five companies in these three categories: small businesses with 10-49 employees; medium businesses with 50-99 employees; and large businesses with 100 or more employees.        

HBA was ranked second in the large category with 160 employees with a Quantum score of 90.53, beat out only by Iolani School with a Quantum score of 91.06.        

“We are honored to have been nominated and ranked so highly by Pacific Business News and its research partner Quantum. I am pleased to know that the majority of our faculty and staff are highly satisfied working at HBA. Our employees are our most valuable resource. They allow us to fulfill our mission statement, purpose, and vision, which is to raise up the next generation of student leaders who will serve others and make a positive impact in their communities,” said Ron Shiira ’75, president.          

This is the first time HBA has participated in the survey and the process was initiated by Human Resources Director Stephen Arita.