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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

OBM-100-best-logo-2015 500pxwBy Kim Moore | OB Editor

Does your company offer the kind of benefits that would put you in the running to be one of the best companies to work for in the state?  To find out, register for our 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For survey. Whether you make the roster or not, it will give you insight into what defines a great place to work.

The 2015 survey launched this week. It is open to for-profit private and public companies that have at least 15 full- or part-time employees in Oregon. Companies can be headquartered anywhere. Participants have until November 7 to register for the survey, and until November 14 to fill it out.

The anonymous survey asks respondents to rate how satisfied they are with several aspects of their workplace, such as benefits and career development opportunities. There is a comment section for employees to be candid about what they like or dislike about their workplaces.

Participants also answer questions about sustainability practices in their workplace. Companies that do well in this category have a chance to be included in the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, revealed in our June 2015 issue.

The survey is 22 years old this year and has grown in popularity since its debut when only 10 companies were profiled. In last year’s survey, 11,000 employees and 248 companies took part, proving the survey remains as relevant today as it ever was. In fact, as the economy recovers and the state’s unemployment rate goes down, employers have to work harder to attract and retain talented employees. It is more important than ever for companies to stay knowledgeable about best workplace practices as employees can afford to be pickier about where they work.

Up-to-date information on workplace satisfaction is also becoming increasingly valuable in light of rapid demographic change. Millennials – people born between 1980 and 2000 – are entering the workforce with different expectations of what makes a good workplace compared with older generations. These young people are known to be more entrepreneurial, tech savvy and innovative than their older peers. They also expect more flexible work schedules and flat hierarchical management. If companies want to attract the young set they need to know what makes them tick. The 100 Best Companies To Work For Survey will do just that. Let your employees take the survey to see how you perform and to stay ahead of evolving best workplace practices.    

Register for the survey here.


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