How the Top Workplaces are Determined
By Bob Helbig, Energage Media Partnerships Director
How does a company make the Top Workplaces list? By inspiring employees.
“Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focus on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, the research partner for Top Workplaces.
This is the third year Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine have partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to determine South Carolina’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process.
Starting in October, the magazines welcomed anyone to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies. In all, 1,153 employers in the region were invited to take part in the process. Any employer was eligible, as long as it had at least 35 employees in South Carolina. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.
For this year, 42 organizations agreed to take the survey. Combined, they employ 6,529 people in the state. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 4,104 responded, either on paper or online. For this year’s winners list, 30 employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces based on employee feedback.
The employee engagement survey of 24 questions gathers responses regarding issues relating to workplace culture:
Alignment – where the company is headed, its values, cooperation
Connection – employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
Effectiveness – doing things efficiently and well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
My Manager – cares about concerns, helps employees develop
Engagement – motivation, retention, and recruiting
Leadership – confidence in company leaders
The Basics – pay, benefits, flexibility, training, expectations
Employees consistently rate the issues of “Connection” and “Alignment” as being most important to them, while statements related to pay and benefits rate less important.
Employers are ranked among groups of similar size to most accurately compare results. Within those size groupings, companies are ranked, and those that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Energage also determines special award winners based on standout scores on specific survey topics.
If you wonder why a particular company is not on the list, it might be because it chose not to participate in the survey, or because it did not score well enough in the survey process. Sometimes, Energage disqualifies employers based on questionable results detected through statistical tests it runs to ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey.
To participate in the 2020 program, just go to: