Minnesota Best Places to Work Analysis

 The Comparison of top four competitions saluting organizations that set standards for the best qualities within a working team. See the similarities, differences, and maybe event the best fit to apply your company into a competition.

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COMPETITIONS

Star Tribune – “Top Workplaces” – - Began 2010

  • Submission due: February 22, 2013

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal – “Best Places to Work” – - Began 1999

  • Submission due: March 31, 2013

MN Business – “100 Best Companies to Work For” – - Began 2012

  • Submission due: January 15, 2013

Fortune – “100 Best Companies to Work For” – - Began 1997

  • Submission due: July 1, 2013

QUALIFICATIONS

COMPANY SIZE REQUIREMENTS

Tribune

  • At least 50 employees
  • Agreement to take confidential survey by employees from company
  • 35% response EE rate required

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal

  • Small (10-100 MN FTE’s)
  • Medium (101-1,000 FTE’s)
  • Large (1,001+ FTE’s)

MN Business

  • Small (1-30)
  • Medium (31-99)
  • Large (100+)
  • Nonprofit

Fortune

  • More than 1,000 U.S. employees and at least five years old
  • Breaks into Small, Medium, Large

LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

Tribune

  • Twin Cities area

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal

  • Office in Twin Cities 13-metro area, minimum of 10 FTE’s
    • Counties include; Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Pierce, Ramsey, St. Croix, Schott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright
    • If office is not in metro area, must be MN-based company with more than 1,000 FTE’s

MN Business

  • Minnesota

Fortune

  • Nationwide

SURVEY PARTNERSHIP

Tribune

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal

  • Quantum Workplace is about 40 questions consisting of 10categories  all scored on a 6-point Likert -scale. Quantum Workplace lends its employee survey methodology and survey software for the nominees in each competition.

MN Business

  • Independent research group, Gilmore Research, gathered information from employee satisfaction surveys over phone and mail. Over 5,769 individuals responded on behalf of hundreds of companies. Gilmore in business for 60 yrs.

Fortune

  • Great Place to Work. 2/3 of score based on results of institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to random sample of EEs from each company (asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie).
  • 1/3 based on responses to institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.

AREAS RATED HIGHLY IN WINNING COMPANIES

Tribune

  • New ideas encouraged at company
  • EEs feeling “genuinely appreciated,”  “confident about future with the company,” and/or believing the organization is “going in the right direction.”
  • Quote from article: It’s a “good-to-great” ranking, not a “worst-to-first” competition. Companies chose to take part in the survey process.

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal

  • Team Effectiveness: My team effectively collaborates leveraging individual strengths.
  • Retention Risk: It would take a lot to get me to leave this organization.
  • Alignment with Goals: I understand how my job helps the organization achieve success.
  • Trust with Coworkers: I feel loyal to my immediate team or work group.
  • Individual Contribution: I am always thinking about ways to do my job better.
  • Manager Effectiveness: There is open and honest communication between employees and managers.
  • Trust in Senior Leaders: The leaders of this organization demonstrate integrity.
  • Feeling Valued: Considering the value I bring to the organization, I feel I am paid fairly.
  • Satisfaction with Current Role: I find my job interesting and challenging.
  • People Practices: My benefits meet my (and my family’s) needs well.

MN Business

  • Leadership
  • Strong benefits
  • Work environment
  • Innovative training programs
  • Happiest employees

Fortune

  • Happiest employees
    • Best Perks:
      • 100% premiums paid for health care
      • Child Care onsite/low rates
      • Work/Life employees feel “encouraged to balance their work and personal life.”
      • Telecommute at least 20% of time allowed
      • Fully paid sabbaticals
      • Job Sharing
      • Compressed work week
      • On site gym / gym discount
    • Unusual Perks
      • Nap pods
      • Learn language
      • Money for education
      • Monthly BBQs
      • Christmas coupons

EVENT

Tribune

  • Publication (June)

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal

  • Publication and Sponsored Luncheon (August)

MN Business

  • Publication

Fortune

  • Publication

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