We spend roughly 90,000 hours of our lives at work. Wouldn’t it be nice if we enjoyed them?
Plenty of people do, and every year for the past decade we have set out to discover who these employees are and what makes their employers special in our annual Top Places to Work rankings. This year, more than 75,000 workers at 334 companies around the state completed anonymous surveys administered by the employee engagement company Energage (formerly called WorkplaceDynamics) of Exton, Pennsylvania. The survey asks employees about management, training, direction, job satisfaction, and more; the more positive the response, the higher the company ranks.
Winners are named in four categories, based on number of employees: small (50-99 employees); medium (100-249); large (250-999); and largest (1,000 or more).
Along with listing this year’s top-ranked employers, we looked at practices designed to create a happy workplace at companies everywhere around the state. Some of them, like dance contests and handwritten notes from the boss, aren’t that hard to do. And, boy, do they make the hours fly by.
NOTE: Companies marked “new” may have appeared in a different size category on last year’s list.