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2019 Best Places to Work

Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Businesses in
Eligible Counties to Recognize Outstanding Work Environments

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Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses in eligible counties for outstanding efforts to promote a meaningful and enjoyable work environment for employees. Nominees must be based in Washington, DC; Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia; or Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.

The 2019 Best Places to Work in Greater Washington honors the area's leading employers. The Washington Business Journal is looking for companies that go beyond the norm to foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees. Companies are judged based on the results of an employee survey administered by Quantum Market Research. The survey evaluates:

- Team effectiveness
- Retention
- Employee alignment with company goals
- Trust with co-workers
- Individual contribution
- Manager effectiveness
- Trust in senior leaders
- Feeling valued
- Work engagement
- People practices
- Communication and Resources
- Individual Needs
- Manager Effectiveness
- Personal Engagement
- Team Dynamics
- Trust in Leadership

Companies will be ranked in small, medium, large and extra large categories.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182727

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Successful applicants receive the following benefits:

- All participants receive a free report showing how their company performed against the competition.
- Honored companies are feted at an awards celebration in May, which was attended by more than 500 business people last year.
- All honored companies are given an award commemorating their performance.
- Winning companies will be profiled in Washington Business Journal in June and will also receive a detailed workplace audit report valued at $4,000.
- Honored companies are granted permission to use the Best Places to Work logo in its employment ads, letterhead, business cards, website, etc., adding value to their reputation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for local categories must be based in D.C. or within one of the following jurisdictions: Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland. Nominees in nonlocal categories must have major operations in one or more of the above jurisdictions.

A company must have a minimum of 10 employees to qualify.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to nominate your company to be surveyed is January 18, 2019. Once nominated, your employees must complete the survey by the end of February - dates to be announced.

The Funding Source will notify you after January 18, 2019 with information to take the survey.

Human resources managers or other company representatives should complete and submit the nomination form. Only one submission per company will be accepted. Please only submit one nomination per company and make sure that the contact person is the appropriate party to disseminate the employee survey and manage the process.

Once the nominations have been submitted, each company will be asked to complete and submit employee surveys to determine the final rankings. Information to fill out the surveys will be sent by Quantum Workplace after January 18, to the survey contact, to be distributed to employees. The employees who complete this survey will ultimately determine the rankings of the best companies in each category.

The Washington Business Journal will recognize the finalists and announce the top companies at a awards reception in May. The leading companies will also be profiled in the Washington Business Journal.

In order for the results to be statistically significant, a certain percentage of employees need to complete the survey based upon the total number of local employees that are full-time and part-time, permanent employees. You must invite all eligible employees to take the survey. You will be notified as to your respective minimum completion rate upon receiving information from Quantum Workplace. The breakdown is:

- Less than 50 employees = 85%
- 51-150 = 70%
- 151 - 500 = 50%
- 501 - 1,000 = 30%
- 1,001-3,000 = 15%
- 3,001 - 5,000 = 8%
- More than 5,000 = 5%

For questions regarding event details, nominations and for all other inquiries, contact Courtney Nakoneczny.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the nomination online, see URL for Full Text below.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George's Counties;   Virginia: Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties;   Washington, DC