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How the Top Workplaces are determined

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, founder of Energage, Newsday’s research partner for Top Workplaces.

This is the second year Newsday has partnered with Exton, Pennsylvania-based Energage to determine Long Island’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process.

Starting in February, Newsday welcomed anyone to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies. In all, 1,444 employers in the area were invited to take part in the process. Any employer was eligible, as long as it had at least 50 employees in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.

For this year, 117 employers agreed to take the survey. Combined, they employ 45,029 people on Long Island. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 16,820 responded, either on paper or online. For this year’s winners list, 80 Long Island employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces based on the 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 issues of “Connection” and “Alignment” 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.

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