Work for a great company? We want to know about it
Awards • Top Work Place 2014 honors businesses who create good workplace environments.
Published: March 9, 2014 01:15PM
Updated: March 9, 2014 09:56AM
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Michael Dwyer | Associated Press file photo A smiley face balloon floats over Revere Beach in Revere, Mass. as beachgoers head for the water in 2006. A survey co-hosted by The Salt Lake Tribune is looking for nominations for businesses that allow and encourage employees to work happy.

Some employees are so happy, they actually look forward to going to work. Instead of Thank Goodness It’s Friday, their mantra is T.G.I. Monday.

Perhaps a company offers generous bonuses. Maybe it provides programs for employees to improve themselves and move up the corporate ladder. Some might do simple things such as providing weekly treats, free coffee and soft drinks or some sort of employee recognition.

The Salt Lake Tribune and the survey firm Workplace Dynamics are launching a nomination process to find out which Wasatch Front companies make their workers that happy. It is being called Top Work Place 2014.

Salt Lake Tribune editor and publisher Terry Orme said the newspaper is participating in the survey because, while work is about money, it can also be about much more.

“Everybody talks about their workplace, what they like about it, what they don’t,” he said. “This program is a chance to engage Utahns on many levels on their opinions about their jobs, their bosses, the company overall.

“At the same time, it’s a chance to really look at what it takes to create a great work environment and to single out those companies that do it successfully and tell the stories about how they do it. It should be interesting because, after all, we spend much of our lives at work. Yes, work is about money. But it’s about a lot more, too.”

Winners will be honored at an October event and be featured in Salt Lake Tribune profiles.

WorkplaceDynamics, which is based in Pennsylvannia, has worked with newspapers around the United States to find, profile and honor companies deemed to be great places to work by their employees.

The survey company, which is the research partner for this project, has conducted Top Workplaces surveys working with more than 40 major newspapers.

It surveyed almost 2 million employees last year.

Judging from cities of similar size, between 65 and 100 Utah employers are expected to participate in the program.

In an effort to find companies with happy employees, WorkplaceDynamics and The Tribune will also use email, Facebook and Twitter extensively.

If a company is nominated by an employee, WorkplaceDynamics will follow up with the company, inviting management to allow its employees to complete surveys.

The surveys, which can be completed either online or using more traditional paper, take about five minutes to fill out. Companies that are nominated will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire as well.

How to nominate your company

• Any organization with 35 or more employees in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Summit, Davis and Weber Counties is eligible. These can be private, public, nonprofit or government entities. There is no cost to enter.

• Workplaces are evaluated by employees who fill out a 22-statement survey.

• Nominations are due April 18 with winners announced in October.

• Employees can nominate their company by logging on to www.sltrib.com/nominate.

• Phone nominations will also be accepted by calling 801-803-6841.