Nominations Open November 3, 2014
What do Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, and 39 other locations across the United States now have in common with Lincoln, Nebraska? All participate in the Best Places to Work initiative that honors organizations that deliver an outstanding work experience. The Lincoln Human Resource Management Association, Woods & Aitken LLP and the Lincoln Journal Star are proud to sponsor the Best Places to Work in Lincoln competition.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why should my company participate?
A: The competition presents a great opportunity to learn what your employees are really thinking, and provides you with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment. If chosen as a finalist or winner, promote the Best Places to Work award to prospective employees. Use the Best Places to Work logo on your websites and recruiting materials and use the award in your public relations programs. After all, Best Places To Work honorees receive seven times more resumes per job opening compared to average organizations.
Q: Is there a cost to participate?
A: No. It is free to participate in the program using our standard, on-line survey. All participating companies will receive a free one-page Category Overview report. This report shows how your company scored in each of the 10 engagement categories measured on the survey.
Quantum Workplace offers the following features for an additional cost.
- If your employees do not have access to a computer, paper surveys are available for a nominal fee ($2 per submitted paper survey).
- You may add questions or demographics to the survey to enhance your survey results. Fees for customized surveys vary, based on number of employees. (Only standard survey questions will be used in scoring for the competition.)
Participants may purchase a package of their survey results. Prices for packages are based on the size of the company.
Q: How are the Best Places to Work winners determined?
A: All Best Places to Work winners are determined exclusively on the basis of their employees’ responses to the Employee Engagement Survey. Employee responses from approximately 40 standard survey questions are compiled to determine the company’s overall score and ranking.
Q: Can my company customize the employee survey?
A: Yes, you may add questions or demographics to the survey to enhance your survey results. Fees for customized surveys vary. Please contact Cassie Neary, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about custom surveys. Customizations do not affect the way your results are scored for the purpose of the competition. Custom questions and non-market employees are excluded from the calculations.
Q: How is the survey distributed to my employees?
A: The contact person at your company will facilitate the survey invitations for your employees. There are several options available for distribution.
- Email employees their unique survey link by uploading employee email address into the Quantum Workplace portal
- Employees without a personal computer may share a single computer to complete the survey on-line
Paper surveys are available to employees without access to a computer. Please note, there is a nominal fee to process paper surveys and the paper survey deadline precedes the online survey deadline.
Q: What if my employees do not have access to a computer?
A: Paper surveys are available at a cost of $2 per submitted survey. A company may use a combination of paper and on-line surveys for their employees. Paper surveys must be postmarked by January 23, 2015. Data entry of paper surveys must be conducted by Quantum Workplace.
Q: Do my IT staff need to provide any additional support?
A: Before your survey invites are sent to employees, there are a few steps you should take to insure high delivery and response rates. A downloadable deliverability guide will be available which will include information on whitelisting the Quantum Workplace domain and other tips to make sure the emails are delivered.
Q: Is the survey anonymous?
A: The Quantum Workplace employee survey is strictly confidential and anonymous. Companies will have access to survey results at the aggregate level to help you understand and build engagement.
Q: Will information from my company be confidential?
A: Definitely. The Best Places to Work program has earned a reputation for its service, professionalism, and confidentiality. Employers who are not recognized are not disclosed.
Q: Do all of the employees at my company need to complete the survey?
A: All eligible employees must be invited to take the survey. To reach a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent, you will need to achieve employee participation based on the following percentages per size of organization for your company to be considered an honoree:
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%
Q: Which employees are eligible to take the survey?
A: Only full-time (30+hrs/week) employees are eligible to complete the survey. These employees are the most likely to be impacted by your corporate culture – and are therefore usually the best judge of employee engagement. Do not include seasonal, part-time, per diem, independent contractors, temps, or consultants.
Q: What are the award categories?
A: Awards will be given in each of the three categories: small company (10 to 50 employees); medium company (51 to 150 employees); and large company (151+ employees). If your company has less than 10 employees, you are welcome to participate, but your company will not be eligible for the awards. You will still receive reports showing company results and comparative data for the Lincoln area. Companies must have a minimum of 10 employees in Lancaster county to participate.
Q: Should Union employees be included?
A: Yes, Union employees must be included in your employee count and invited to take the survey.
Q: Most of my employees work part-time. Can I include my part-time employees?
A: Part-time employees must be included if they make up more than 50% of your overall employee count.
Q: Should Partners/Owners be allowed to take the survey?
A: No, Partners and Owners should not be invited to complete the survey.
Q: My company has offices in multiple cities and states, how many employees should I enter at the registration page?
A: You should include only full-time employees that work within Lancaster county. If you would like to include all employees, regardless of geographic location, call Cassie Neary at 402.408.4162 to discuss customization options and pricing.
Q: Will my company receive the survey results?
A: Yes, all participating companies will receive a free Category Overview report. This report shows how your company scored in each of the 10 engagement categories. You will also have the opportunity to purchase more in-depth survey results.
Q: What if my company does not make the Best Places to Work list?
A: You will still receive access to your free Category Overview report and will have the opportunity to purchase reports to help improve employee engagement. Your company name will not be placed on any list and will not be printed in the special publication. There is NO RISK to participation.
Q: When is the Best Places to Work event? When will the list of winners be published?
A: The Best Places to Work in Lincoln finalist list will be published on April 19 and an event honoring winners will take place on April 15. For questions regarding the event or publication please contact Pamela Bourne at Woods & Aitken LLP at email@example.com or (402) 437-8523.
Q: Is this an annual event?
A: Yes. This is an excellent opportunity to review your employee survey results each year.
Q: What are key dates for this initiative?
A: The key dates are as follows:
Event nominations and registration: November 3 – December 31, 2014
Surveys conducted: January 5 – January 30, 2015
Survey results available: After the awards ceremony on April 15, 2015
Best Places to Work Luncheon: April 15, 2015
Q: When can I access my company’s survey results?
A: You will receive access to your company’s survey results after the awards event.
Q: How do I participate?
A: For more information, visit www.bptw.com/lincoln. Registration will be available November 3 – December 31, 2014.