Presenting central Ohio's 70 Top Workplaces 2017, as determined in employee surveys conducted for Columbus CEO by WorkplaceDynamics.

About the Top Workplaces Survey

Methodology

When it comes to judging whether an organization is a terrific place to work, there's only one audience that matters: the employees. For the fifth year, Columbus CEO partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, an employee research and consulting firm, to determine the Columbus area's Top Workplaces through employee surveys.

In July, Columbus CEO encouraged readers tonominate companies as Top Workplaces. WorkplaceDynamics invited those companies and others —1,006 companies in all—to take the employee survey. Any organization was welcome, as long as it had at least 50 employees in the Columbus area. Organizations could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental.

WorkplaceDynamics surveyed 113 organizations employing 26,834 people to reveal 70 Columbus-area employers that scored high enough to earn Top Workplaces honors.

The employee survey seeks responses from 24 statements covering seven areas:

• Alignment: where the company is headed, its values, cooperation

• Effectiveness: doing things well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas

• Connection: employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful

• My Manager: cares about concerns, helps learn and grow

• Employee Engagement: loyalty, motivation and referral

• Leader: confidence in company leadership

• The Basics: pay, benefits, flexibility

Statements relating to Connection and Alignment were among the most important to employees, while statements about pay and benefits rated among the least important. “Obviously, you have to treat people fairly and pay people well, but we find pay and benefits correlate least with employee engagement,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics.

For the rankings, employers are placed into groups of similar size, because smaller employers tend to score higher than midsize employers, and midsize employers tend to score higher than large employers. Based on scores determined from the employee survey feedback, employers within those size bands that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. WorkplaceDynamics also determined a list of special awards based on standout scores on specific survey topics.

If you're wondering why a particular employer isn't on this year's list, it could be because the company either chose not to participate or did not score high enough based on the survey results.

“Fundamentally, we believe engaged employees drive productivity and results,” Claffey says. “We urge more Columbus-area employers to measure what's really happening within the organization.”

Here are this year's top employers:

Full Ranking List Large Employer: IGS Energy Midsize Employer: CoverMyMeds Small Employer: ERP Analysts Inc. Connection: Practicing the Personal Touch Alignment: Inspiring Performance Effectiveness: Questions or Comments? Leadership: 'Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch' The Basics: Hitting the Job Jackpot Special Awards