Here are the 2019 Top Workplaces from Columbus CEO

Bob Helbig, Energage


How does a company make the Top Workplaces list? By inspiring employees.

“Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focus on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, Columbus CEO’s research partner for Top Workplaces.

This is the seventh year Columbus CEO partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to determine Central Ohio’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process. The 2019 list of Top Workplaces is below. 

Starting in July, Columbus CEO welcomed anyone to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies. In all, 1,262 employers in the region were invited to take part in the process.

Any employer was eligible, as long as it had at least 50 employees in the metro Columbus area. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit or governmental.

For this year, 105 organizations agreed to take the survey. Combined, they employ 25,859 people in Central Ohio. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 14,529 responded, either on paper or online.

The employee engagement survey of 24 questions gathers responses regarding issues relating to workplace culture:

  • Alignment: where the company is headed, its values, cooperation.
  • Connection: employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful.
  • Effectiveness: doing things efficiently and well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas.
  • My Manager: cares about concerns, helps employees develop.
  • Engagement: motivation, retention and recruiting.
  • Leadership: confidence in company leaders.
  • The Basics: pay, benefits, flexibility, training, expectations.

You can sign up here to participate in the 2020 program.

Join the Twitter conversation on Top Workplaces at #CEOWork.

Perhaps they chose not to participate or did not score high enough based on the survey results. To ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey, Energage runs statistical tests to look for questionable results. Sometimes, it disqualifies employers based on those tests. 

Why aren't some on the list?