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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, CEO of Energage, the Post-Dispatch’s research partner for Top Workplaces.

This is the eighth year the Post-Dispatch partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to determine the greater St. Louis area’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process.

Starting in January, the Post-Dispatch welcomed anyone to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies. In all, 1,286 employers in the region were invited to take part in the process. Any employer was eligible, as long as it had at least 50 employees in the greater St. Louis area. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit or governmental. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.

For this year, 222 organizations agreed to take the survey. Combined, they employ 94,356 people in the St. Louis area. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 46,194 responded, either on paper or online. For this year’s winners list, 150 St. Louis-area 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.

To participate in the 2020 program, go to stltoday.com/nominate.

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