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Wanted: Best Places to Work in OC

Is your workplace great?

We want to know.

The Orange County Business Journal is working on its annual list of the best places to work in the county. The list is set to appear in October as part of a special report covering employers that make our ranking.

The Business Journal now is in the process of soliciting employers to take part in our selection process, which involves a two-part survey of employers and workers.

What’s in it for you?

Bragging rights, for one. 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 employee morale and recruiting.

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

All Employers

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, nonprofits, hospitals and universities.

Employers must have at least 15 workers and 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).

Go to www.bestplacestoworkoc.com for details about our 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 instead of electronic surveys.

Employers are given two surveys as part of the survey.

The employer survey requires information on 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.

Email Contacts

Employers will be asked to provide email 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 information 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 cited 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. It has a track record we feel is up to our standards.

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

We’ll be soliciting employers to be surveyed through April 20. Employers and employees will be queried in the weeks after.

A timeline with all the 2012 Best Places deadlines is available at www.bestplacestoworkoc.com.

The Business Journal’s list and special report are slated to run Oct. 29.

Contact Research Director Heidi Kulicke at (949) 833-8373, ext. 224, or at kulicke@ocbj.com.

You also can get more details from Katie Smith of Best Companies Group at (877) 455-2159.

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