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Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s 2022 List

Is your workplace great?

We want to know.

The Business Journal is working on its annual listing of the Best Places to Work in the county.

The list is scheduled to appear in our July 4 edition as part of a Special Report covering employers that make our ranking. It’s among our most-read issues of the year.

We’re in the process of soliciting employers to take part in the selection process, which involves a two-part survey of employers and workers.


Making the list carries many fringe benefits. Your company will be part of a select group of employers recognized for their treatment, recruitment and retention of employees. The list should be a source of pride for employers that can help with employee morale and recruiting.

Making the list also brings good exposure to clients, customers, bankers, vendors and peers.

We’re considering just about all types of employers in the county: locally based companies, subsidiaries of companies based elsewhere, professional services firms, banks, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and universities.


Employers must have at least 15 part- and full-time OC employees and have been in business for at least a year.

They will be ranked by category: small, 15 to 49 employees; medium, 50 to 249; and large, 250 or more.

Visit www.bestplacestoworkorangecounty.com for details about the list and information on how to enter your company in the ranking.

There’s no cost to enter. There is a nominal fee for any company that opts to use paper-based surveys instead of electronic surveys.

Employers are given two surveys as part of the assessment process.

The employer assessment requires information about organizational policies, practices, benefits and demographics, and is filled out by management.

The employee survey questions employees about their work experience and engagement.

Employers will be asked to provide email contact information for employees. All gathered information is confidential and won’t be released to any third parties.

The Business Journal’s list will include only basic employment and benefits information about employers. Our stories on the employers will be general profiles.

Specific comments and other details from the employee surveys won’t be made public. Employers that go through the process but don’t make the list of winners won’t be cited in any way.

Workforce Research Group

The Business Journal this year is working with Houston-based Workforce Research Group on the development of the list.

Peter Burke, founder of Workforce Research, has nearly 20 years of experience managing this program for other business publications and magazines across the country, and has a track record that meets the standards of the Business Journal.

Survey results, if desired, are available for purchase from Workforce Research Group.

We’ll solicit employers to be surveyed through March 4, and employers and employees will be queried in the following weeks.

A timeline with all of the 2022 Best Places deadlines is available at www.bestplacestoworkorangecounty.com.


For more information, contact Research Director Meghan Kliewer at (949) 664-5051 or by email at kliewer@ocbj.com.

You can also get more details from Jennifer Aquiler of Workforce Research Group at (281) 602-5004 or jaquiler@workforcerg.com. 

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