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Last Call for Business Journal’s Best Places to Work List

We’re in the final days of soliciting employers to take part in our selection process for our annual Best Places to Work list.

The deadline to submit your business for consideration is Friday.

Our list is set to appear in September as part of a special report covering employers that make our ranking.

What’s in it for you?

For one, bragging rights. Your company will be part of a select group of employers recognized for their treatment, recruitment and retention of employees.

The list stands to be a source of pride for employers that can help with recruiting and employee morale.

With the economy coming back to life and hiring picking up, now is the time to let people know what it’s like to work at your company.

Making our list also is good exposure before clients, customers, bankers, vendors and peers.

How To Take Part

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

Employers have to have at least 15 workers to be considered and have to have been in business for at least a year.

They’re ranked by category: small (15 to 24 workers), medium (25 to 249 workers) and large (250 or more).

To take part, go to www.ocbj.com and click on the “OCBJ Best Places to Work 2011” button (or go to http://www.bestplacestoworkoc.com).

You’ll be linked to a site with details about our list and how to have your company take part.

There’s no cost involved (though there’s a nominal fee if an employer opts to use paper instead of electronic surveys).

As part of the process, employers are given two surveys.

The employer questionnaire details policies, practices, benefits and demographics and is filled out by management.

The employee engagement and satisfaction survey questions workers on their employer’s leadership, planning, culture, training, pay and benefits and other areas.

Employers will be asked to provide e-mail contacts for workers. All gathered information is confidential and won’t be released to any third parties.

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

Specific comments and other details of the surveys won’t be made public.

Employers that go through the process but don’t qualify won’t be called out in any way.

The Business Journal is working with Harrisburg, Pa.-based Best Companies Group on our list, as we have in years past.

Best Companies is known for producing similar lists for business journals and magazines across the country.

Unlike the processes for some other best places to work lists, Best Companies’ process is methodical. They have a track record we feel is up to our standards.

Survey reports, if desired, are available for purchase from Best Companies Group.

Schedule

We’ll be soliciting employers to be surveyed through April 22. Employers and employees are queried in the weeks after.

The Business Journal’s list and special report is slated to run Sept. 5.

If you have questions, contact Research Director Emily Weisburg at (949) 833-8373, ext. 224, or at weisburg@ocbj.com.

You also can get more details from Jessica Pouchan of Best Companies Group at (717) 909-1570.

We thank you in advanced for your interest and participation.

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