How Utah’s Top Workplaces for 2022 were selected

155 small, midsize and large companies made the winners’ list in 2022.

Employers have been forced to focus harder than ever to retain and attract talent amid the disruption of the business environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Workplaces celebrates those employers who are getting it right.

The heart of the Top Workplaces program is an employee survey. The 24-question survey collects feedback from those who know organizations the best: the people who work there. Employee feedback is the sole basis for determining which employers make the Top Workplaces list.

This is the ninth year that employee survey company Energage has partnered with The Salt Lake Tribune to identify outstanding workplaces in Utah.

[View the past stories and results year by year at topworkplaces.sltrib.com.]

“The employee experience needs to be on the mission-critical list,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “By giving employees a voice and showcasing an authentic culture, organizations can attract those job seekers who complement their culture. Culture drives performance.”

For 2022, 155 employers made the winners list. Energage invited 2,426 organizations to participate. All were eligible, provided they had 35 or more employees in Utah. Most of the surveying was done between March and June. Surveys went out to more than 90,000 employees in Utah, and 35,664 responded.

Employers were divided based on the number of workers in Utah to compare feedback of similar-size groups. Organizations that exceeded benchmark scores for each size group made the winners list. Within those groupings, organizations (whether small, midsize or large) are ranked by the aggregate score based on the employee feedback — the more positive the employee responses, the higher the score, the higher the rank.

Energage also determines special award winners for some employers who have standout scores in certain areas of the survey, such as leadership, values, direction, communication, meaningfulness and benefits.

Why isn’t a particular company on the list? Perhaps it did not participate, had too few employees to qualify or did not score high enough in the survey process. Each year, Energage also disqualifies a small number of participants based on irregularities in the employee survey responses, including if workers say they were pressured into answering positively.

To nominate a company for next year’s program, go to https://www.sltrib.com/nominate.

Bob Helbig is media partnerships director for Energage, an employee survey company based in suburban Philadelphia.