Seeking nomination­s for the Bal­ti­more re­gion’s an­nual Top Work­places

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - MARYLAND - By Christo­pher Dins­more

Few peo­ple can say they look for­ward to Mon­day, to putting the week­end be­hind them and get­ting back to work.

Those who do must re­ally love their jobs, adore their co-work­ers and ad­mire their em­ploy­ers. It may be be­cause their jobs of­fer pur­pose, flex­i­bil­ity, col­lab­o­ra­tion, re­spect, chal­lenge and, of course, re­wards.

If you’re one of those lucky few who aren’t al­ways work­ing for the week­end, The Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group wants to know about your work­place and what makes it so spe­cial.

The Sun is seeking nomination­s for the ninth edi­tion of its an­nual Top Work­places list.

For the past eight years, The Sun has show­cased the re­gion’s Top Work­places each De­cem­ber, based on sur­veys of their em­ploy­ees by our part­ner, En­er­gage, which has con­ducted Top Work­place sur­veys for dozens of news or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try.

Last year, 125 com­pa­nies were rec­og­nized as Top Work­places in the Bal­ti­more re­gion, en­com­pass­ing the city and Anne Arun­del, Bal­ti­more, Car­roll, Har­ford and Howard coun­ties.

The top em­ploy­ers are of­ten peren­nial con­tenders that of­ten find them­selves near the top of the lists. Last year, the No. 1 work­places included en­gi­neer­ing firm RK&K among large busi­nesses, Cum­mings & Co. Real­tors among mid­size com­pa­nies, and cy­ber­se­cu­rity out­fit In­tel­liGe­n­e­sis among small em­ploy­ers.

Be­ing des­ig­nated a Top Work­place isn’t just about pride. Re­search shows that such com­pa­nies at­tract more highly qual­i­fied job ap­pli­cants and re­tain em­ploy­ees longer.

Nomination­s are due by July 12, but don’t de­lay. Nom­i­nate your work­place to­day and see whether it has what it takes to make the list or even top it this year.

Any­one can sug­gest a com­pany — em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers, ex­ec­u­tives. It doesn’t mat­ter whether the work­place is profit or non­profit, pri­vately owned or pub­licly held. Com­pa­nies must em­ploy at least 35 peo­ple to qual­ify.

Em­ploy­ees of nom­i­nated firms that choose to par­tic­i­pate will be asked to re­spond to a short sur­vey this sum­mer by En­er­gage. The sur­veys will be used to rank the top com­pa­nies. Win­ners will be an­nounced at an event and fea­tured in a spe­cial mag­a­zine in early De­cem­ber.

To nom­i­nate a com­pany, go to bal­ti­more­sun.com/nom­i­nate or call 410779-9337.

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