Following are the companies and individuals selected for special awards.

Employees rated their companies on specific criteria using a seven-point scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” Leadership awards are given to executives in three size categories. Special awards recognize standouts across all 70 Top Workplaces.

Leadership

I have confidence in the leader of this company.

Large

Kenneth Anders, Kenneth's Salons and Day Spas

Midsize

Gary Heinze, Northwoods Consulting Partners

Small

Srikanth Gaddam, ERP Analysts Inc.

Direction

I believe this company is going in the right direction.

Ricart Automotive Group

Clued in Senior Management

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company.

Discover Financial Services

Doers

At this company, we do things efficiently and well.

Hamilton Local School District

New Ideas

New ideas are encouraged at this company.

The Wellington School

Managers

My manager helps me learn and grow.

My manager makes it easier to do my job well.

My manager cares about my concerns.

CoverMyMeds

Meaningfulness

My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.

LC

Appreciation

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company.

Ohio Basement Authority

Communication

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company.

Motorists Insurance Group

Training

I get the formal training I want for my career.

Friendship Village Of Dublin

Ethics

This company operates by strong values and ethics.

Revolution Group

Work/Life Flexibility

I have the flexibilityI need to balancemy work and personal life.

North Community Counseling Centers

My Benefits

My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry.

National Auto Care