Times Union 2019 Top Work­places nom­i­na­tion dead­line ex­tended

Albany Times Union - - AROUND THE REGION -

There’s still time to nom­i­nate your com­pany for Times Union 2019 Top Work­places hon­ors.

The dead­line has been ex­tended un­til Fri­day, Nov. 16, 2018. Nom­i­nat­ing an em­ployer is easy: Just go to http://time­sunion.com/nom­i­nate or call 518-636-0132.

Now that Cap­i­tal Re­gion un­em­ploy­ment is at a 12-year low — 3.4 per­cent in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of La­bor — work­ers may be look­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties as em­ploy­ers strive to at­tract and keep tal­ent. In other words, it’s a good time to stand out from the crowd and be­ing named a Top Work­place is a way to do just that, ac­cord­ing to Doug Claf­fey, CEO of En­er­gage, the Times Union’s Top Work­places re­search part­ner.

“Top Work­places is more than just recog­ni­tion,” Claf­fey said. “Our re­search shows or­ga­ni­za­tions that earn the award at­tract bet­ter tal­ent, ex­pe­ri­ence lower turnover and are bet­ter equipped to de­liver bot­tom-line re­sults. Their lead­ers pri­or­i­tize and care­fully craft a healthy work­place cul­ture that sup­ports em­ployee en­gage­ment.”

Any or­ga­ni­za­tion with 35 or more em­ploy­ees in the greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion is el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate, in­clud­ing pub­lic, pri­vate, non­profit and govern­ment work­places. We de­fine the geo­graphic area as Al­bany, Columbia, Ful­ton, Greene, Hamil­ton, Herkimer, Mont­gomery, Rens­se­laer, Saratoga, Sch­enec­tady, Schoharie, War­ren and Washington coun­ties.

To choose win­ners, short, 24-state­ment em­ployee sur­veys will be con­ducted by En­er­gage, formerly Work­place­dy­nam­ics. So far, more than 60 com­pa­nies through­out the greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion have signed up to be sur­veyed. Sur­veys will be con­ducted through Novem­ber.

Af­ter sur­veys are com­pleted, em­ploy­ers then will be ranked in small, medium and large cat­e­gories. The win­ners will be an­nounced in a spe­cial re­port to be pub­lished in April 2019, and a spring­time cock­tail party will also cel­e­brate hon­orees.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is free and vol­un­tary. Em­ploy­ers can pay En­er­gage for more de­tailed eval­u­a­tions, but there is no obli­ga­tion.

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