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2021 Best Places to Work

Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Nonprofits and
For-Profits in Eligible Counties to Recognize Outstanding Workplaces

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Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses and nonprofit organizations in eligible cities and counties for outstanding efforts to promote a meaningful and enjoyable work environment for employees. The award is intended to recognize the region's exceptional employers. Nominees must be based in Washington, D.C.; Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia; or Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.

The Washington Business Journal is looking for companies and nonprofits 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, which 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

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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 and will be profiled in Washington Business Journal.

All companies will also receive a detailed workplace audit report valued at $4,000 from Quantum Workplace, who administers the survey. 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:

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

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to nominate your company is January 15, 2021.

Human resources managers or other company representatives should complete and submit the nomination form. Only one submission per company will be accepted.

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 15, 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 an 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.

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.

Courtney Nakoneczny

Washington Business Journal
1100 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22209-2405
Phone: 703-258-0800
Fax: 703-258-0802

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

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