Is your company one where employees are happily engaged and energized by their work, leading to increased productivity and employee retention?

Is your company one where employees are happily engaged and energized by their work, leading to increased productivity and employee retention? If that describes your company or organization, take the first step in being recognized as such by completing a nomination today for Columbus CEO's 2016 Top Workplaces awards. Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 21. This year 60 central Ohio entities were honored as Top Workplaces. Don't miss the chance to be on the list next spring!

But even in a Top Workplace, all work and no play is a bad equation, so you'll want to mix in opportunities for fun before summer draws to a close. A number of summer festivals are yet to come, including:

Dublin Irish Festival, July 31-Aug 2, complete with dance, music, art, culture, and even a Best Leg in a Kilt contest. Ohio State Fair, July 29-Aug. 9, featuring concerts, midway rides, agricultural exhibitions and fair food. Festival Latino, Aug. 8-9, in Bicentennial Park, Ohio's largest Latino event, combining dance, music, authentic cuisine and educational workshops. India Festival, Aug. 22, at the Ohio Expo Center, combining gourmet Indian food, fashion, handicrafts and artifacts. Learn more about Columbus' growing Indian business community in this month's issue.

Opportunities for cultural outings include Wednesday evening readings by Ohio authors with Summer Literary Picnics at Thurber House, with three remaining events on the schedule July 15, July 29 and Aug. 12.

There is also still time for a trip to the Columbus Museum of Art before it closes temporarily this fall to prepare for opening its newly expanded and renovated space at the end of October. The museum will close Sept. 7 and reopen Oct. 25.

Two more items for your summer to-do list:

Be a part ofPelotonia, either as a rider, volunteer or supporter.One way to support the cause to end cancer is to shop this weekend at thegrand opening of the Container Store at Easton Gateway this Saturday and Sunday, when 10 percent of all sales will be donated to Pelotonia.Ride weekend kicks off Aug. 7 and wraps up Aug. 9. Get to knowPelotonia's presidentandCEO Doug Ulmanin thismonth's feature Q&A. Spend an evening with internationally known stock investor Peter Lynch at St. Charles Preparatory School Sept. 2. Proceeds of the dinner benefit the St. Charles Endowment Fund to provide tuition assistance for students.

Whether at work or play, have a great rest of your summer!