2014 Top Workplaces

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From the May 2014 issue of Columbus CEO

Working in an environment where you feel valued, for an employer headed in the right direction, and with whom your future is secure, combine to create a very satisfied employee. Those three criteria lead the characteristics that define the 50 Top Workplaces for central Ohio in 2014.

Satisfied employees are what this recognition is all about.

Columbus CEO and WBNS-10TV teamed with WorkplaceDynamics LLC of Exton, PA, for a second year to identify private and public organizations in central Ohio that are viewed by their employees as great places to work.

This year’s winners include 31 newcomers and 19 from the 2013 list. The full list shows these employers represent a broad range of sectors and ownership type, from the State Library of Ohio established nearly 200 years ago to ventures in operation less than 10 years.

Contributing writer TC Brown profiles the culture and values exhibited by the top winner in each of three size categories, based on numbers of employees. Contributing writer Melissa Kossler Dutton digs into the full range of characteristics found in Top Workplaces and reveals how factors in six categories show up in daily operations.

Congratulations to all 50 winners, and thanks for demonstrating what Top Workplaces do!

Click here to view the list.

Methodology

For a second year, Columbus CEO and WBNS-10TV teamed up with employment research firm WorkplaceDynamics LLC to discover central Ohio’s 50 Top Workplaces. The process for identifying these great places to work – and what makes them special – is rigorous and time-consuming.

Beginning last summer, WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, PA, partnered with the magazine and TV station to seek nominations for exemplary workplaces among central Ohio employers with at least 50 employees. A combination of ads, social media and direct outreach identified more than 850 employers from a variety of sectors that were invited to participate.

Any employee can start the process by nominating an employer, but to complete the process requires broad involvement of a significant sample of employees to ensure valid results.

For the 2014 Top Workplaces, 79 for-profit, nonprofit and government employers with a combined total of 31,247 employees completed the examination by WorkplaceDynamics to be considered for the Top Workplaces designation. That required 12,609 employees in those workplaces to complete surveys covering a range of topics that have been thoroughly tested to reveal whether an employer provides and maintains a top workplace. Nominated employers distribute surveys randomly to employees, with a response rate of at least 35 percent required.

For the surveys, either online or on paper, employees use a seven-point scale to respond to 22 statements such as “I feel genuinely appreciated at this company” and “I have confidence in the leader of this company.” The surveys measure qualities such as company leadership, communications, career opportunities, working environment, managerial relationships, pay and benefits. Responses are then correlated to a control question in which employees rate their workplace. A series of statistical tests look for any questionable results.

Employers are separated into size bands for fairness due to tendencies for smaller employers to score higher. Within small, midsize and large bands, employers are then ranked according to employee responses to survey statements. Special Awards are based on standout scores on specific survey statements.

Founded in 2006, WorkplaceDynamics surveys more than 1 million employees in over 5,000 organizations annually.