Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Named a 2018 Top Workplace

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 — Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 27-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis, conducted by an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention,  included responses from over 71,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

“We’re honored to be voted by employees as a 2018 Top Workplace in Minnesota,” said Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

Harpstead said that in the organization’s own employee expressions survey, 94% of employees believe they have deeply meaningful work. The organization also focuses on fostering a supportive, positive and fun work culture, pathways for career growth and social innovation that helps Minnesotans live and work in community with full and abundant lives.  

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.” 

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,400 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives and build community. Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, visit