The best workplaces in the Richmond region have been named.
The recognition goes to 60 companies as part of the third annual Top Workplaces program conducted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Workplace Dynamics based on surveys about the workplace completed by employees.
But the top businesses in each of the four size categories — the Sterling Workplace Award winners — won’t be disclosed until May.
Those top winners will be announced at the Sterling Workplace Awards program May 5 and in a special section of The Times-Dispatch to be published May 6.
The Times-Dispatch, along with Richmond SHRM, a chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management, will honor the 60 companies at the Sterling Workplace Awards event while shining the light on the four top businesses.
The program will be held at the University of Richmond.
Twenty-two of the 60 companies have been on the list each year for the past three years, while 13 have been on the list for two consecutive years. But 25 businesses or organizations are newcomers to the list this year.
The list and the Sterling Workplace Awards are based on company size:
- mega (1,000-plus employees);
- large (400-999);
- midsize (125 to 399); and
- small (124 or fewer).
Five companies are finalists in each of the mega and large categories, 15 businesses are finalists in the midsize category and 35 firms are in the small category.
The Times-Dispatch teamed with Workplace Dynamics, a suburban Philadelphia-based company that has conducted workplace surveys for dozens of other newspapers across the country.
Workplace Dynamics invited 1,247 companies to participate this year in the program and the firm surveyed 93 of those businesses. Those surveyed companies employ about 43,000 people in the Richmond area.
Workplace Dynamics received surveys from 15,247 employees about numerous topics affecting workplace life, from pay and benefits to training and work-life balance. Employers who scored the highest locally — and met national benchmarks — made the finalist list.
The company looked at many factors, including how engaged employees are, how employers encourage community involvement, and how businesses promote diversity.
The process was open to any employer — private, public, government and nonprofit — in the region that had at least 35 employees last fall when the surveying was conducted.