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Best Places to Work 2018

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

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Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses of any size to recognize outstanding efforts to promote a meaningful and enjoyable work environment for employees. Nominations are invited on behalf of Washington area companies located in DC or 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.

Best Places to Work in Greater Washington honors the area's leading employers. Companies are judged based on the results of an employee survey administered by Quantum Market Research.

The survey evaluates:
-Team effectiveness
-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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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 your reputation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 19, 2018. Once nominated, your employees must complete the survey by the end of February - dates to be announced.

Human resources managers or other company representatives should complete and submit the online nomination form.

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 22, 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 surveys take anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes, but it does depend on the individual and his or her rate of response.

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%

The Washington Business Journal will recognize the finalists and announce the top companies at an awards reception in May.

Contact Information:

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

For questions regarding event details, nominations and for all other inquiries, contact:

Joslyn Hanna

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County and Prince George's County;   Virginia: City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County;   Washington, DC