Sixty-five businesses in the Richmond region have the best workplaces.
Those companies, government divisions or nonprofits are recognized as part of the fifth annual Top Workplaces program conducted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Energage, a Pennsylvania-based employee research firm formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics.
The top-ranking businesses in each of four size categories will not be disclosed until the Top Workplaces Awards program on May 3 at the Altria Theater in Richmond.
The event and a special section of The Times-Dispatch to be published May 4 will honor the 65 businesses, their rankings and highlight the four top companies.
Fourteen of the 65 businesses have been on the list each year for five years, while three employers have been on the list for four consecutive years, nine for three consecutive years and 12 for two consecutive years.
An additional 18 employers are newcomers to the list this year.
The recognition for the four top companies are based on employment size:
- Mega (1,000-plus employees);
- Large (400-999);
- Midsize (125 to 399); and
- Small (124 or fewer).
Five companies are in the mega category, 10 businesses are in the large category, 20 are in the midsize category, and 30 are in the small category.
Energage, which conducts workplace surveys for dozens of other newspapers across the country, invited 717 companies in the Richmond region to participate in the program this year, and the firm surveyed 107 of those businesses or organizations that agreed to take the Top Workplaces challenge. The surveyed companies employ about 50,900 people in the Richmond area.
The firm received survey responses from about 17,760 employees on numerous topics affecting workplace life, from their views on leadership, managers, pay and benefits to training and work-life balance. It also looked at other factors including how employers encourage community involvement and how businesses promote diversity.
Employers who scored the highest locally — and exceeded national benchmarks — made the list.
The process was open to any employer — private, public, government and nonprofit — that had at least 35 employees in the region when the surveying was conducted last fall.
The Top Workplaces Awards event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 3 at the Altria Theater’s ballroom.
The event will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, a sparkling wine toast, dessert and the awards program.