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The confidential employer survey consists of 57 questions, providing a comprehensive analysis of company benefits policies. Answers from the first 41 questions count for 1/6 of a participating company's overall 100 Best Companies score. The 15 Sustainable Practices questions count for 1/3 of a company's 100 Best Green Companies score. There is one open-ended question for additional comments.

Health & Wellness:

1. Does the employer offer a health insurance plan to employees?

2. If yes, what percentage of the employee's premium does the employer pay? (If employer does not pay a  specific percentage, calculate average percentage paid for the typical employee)

3. Can employees cover their spouse and children?

4. If employees can cover a spouse and children, what percentage of the premium for these family members does the employer pay? (If employer does not pay a specific percentage, calculate average percentage paid for the typical employee's family

5. Does the employer offer dental insurance?

6. Coverage for vision?

7. Coverage for mental health care?

8. Coverage for alternative care (chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, etc.)?

9. Does the employer offer fitness and/or wellness programs?

10. Does the employer offer life insurance?

11. Does the employer offer short-term disability insurance?

12. Long-term disability insurance?

13. Long-term care insurance?  

Time Off:

14. How does your company handle vacation and sick leave? 

a. Vacation and sick leave are combined in a Paid Time Off (PTO) plan

• How many total paid days off do most employees receive after 1 year of service? (INCLUDE paid holidays in the total PTO days, whether holidays are fixed or floating in your plan.)

• What is the maximum number of PTO days employees receive per year? (INCLUDE paid holidays whether fixed or floating; DO NOT INCLUDE days accrued or rolled over from prior years).

b. Vacation and sick leave are offered separately

• How many paid holidays do employees receive per year?

• How many paid vacation days do employees receive after 1 year of service?

• What is the maximum number of vacation days employees can receive per year? (Do not include days accrued and rolled over from prior years)

• WHow many days of sick leave do employees receive per year?

c. Does not offer paid vacation

Work/Life Balance:

5. Are most employees permitted to work flexible or compressed schedules? 

16. Are most employees occasionally permitted to telecommute or work from home?

17. Are employees allowed to do volunteer community service on company time?

18. Can employees donate paid time off to other employees in need?

Family-Friendly Policies:

19. Does the employer offer paid maternity leave to employees? (Disability, vacation and sick leave do not qualify)

20. Does the employer offer paid paternity leave to employees? (Disability, vacation and sick leave do not qualify)

21. Does the employer provide financial assistance for the adoption of a child? 

22. Does the organization subsidize employees' childcare expenses or provide free/discounted childcare on-site? 

23. Does the employer subsidize elder care expenses for employees?

24. Does the employer offer employees the opportunity to set aside pre-tax income in a cafeteria-style Section 125 flexible spending plan for qualified child care or dependent care expenses?

25. If yes, does the employer contribute to the plan? 

26. Does the employer offer a cafeteria-style Section 125 plan for unreimbursed medical, dental, or other qualified health-related expenses?

27. If yes, does the employer contribute to the plan? 

28. Does the organization subsidize employees' transportation expenses?

Retirement Plan:

29. Does the employer make or match contributions to the employee's tax-qualified retirement plan?

30. If the employer automatically contributes regardless of employee contributions, such as with a pension plan, what percentage of employees' annual salary does the employer contribute to retirement plans? (for example, 5%)

31. If the employer matches employee deferrals to retirement plans, such as with 401Ks:

a.Up to what percentage of salary will the employer match employee contributions? (for example, 3%)

b.What is the rate of match on those contributions? (If 50 cents on the dollar, answer 50%; if rate is tiered or variable answer assuming that employee defers maximum)

Career Development & Diversity:

32. Does the employer offer college tuition reimbursement to employees?

Does the employer offer paid or unpaid sabbaticals to employees? 

33. What percentage of the whole company's senior executives (VP or above) are women? 

34. What percentage of the whole company's senior executives (VP or above) are racial/ethnic minorities? 

35. Does the employer have a written non-discrimination policy?

Community Service & Incentives:

36. Does the employer donate money, goods or in-kind services to community or charitable organizations?

37.Does the employer sponsor any volunteer community service activities?

38. What percentage of employees is eligible to participate in an incentive plan, profit-sharing plan or gain-sharing plan, other than as part of a pension plan? 

39. What percentage of employees is eligible to participate in a stock option or stock purchase program? 

40. Does the employer subsidize or discount employees' purchase of stock?

41. Does the employer have an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)?

Sustainable Practices:


(This portion of the survey will be used to create the rankings for the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, published in June 2013)

Please indicate to what degree your company’s Oregon sites support and promote the following sustainable practices (No, not at this time/Under consideration/In process or partially done/Yes, fully implemented):

42. Comprehensive sustainability policy with statement of clear goals

43. Measurement of sustainability progress and sharing results internally and externally

44. Employee rewards and recognition for efforts toward sustainability goals

45. Recycling of paper, glass, metals, packaging and other materials

46. Water conservation, such as low-flow plumbing and native-plant landscaping

47. Waste reduction, such as composting, reuse of materials, and minimal packaging

48. Use of non-toxic and natural materials in products, services and in the workplace

49. Sustainable purchasing, such as renting/borrowing instead of owning and selecting products with less environmental impact

50. Alternatives to single-occupancy-vehicle commuting, such as public transit passes, carpools, telecommuting, walking and/or bicycling

51. Purchases or directly utilizes renewable power and/or carbon offsets

52. Energy efficiency and conservation, such as turning off unused equipment and using compact- fluorescent/LED bulbs and high efficiency appliances

53. Sustainable facilities, such as LEED-certified buildings, weatherizing, remodeling with recycled/green materials, installation of solar panels, use of eco-roofs, etc.

54. Environmental stewardship, such as re-planting trees, restoring natural habitat, cleaning up pollution or supporting environmental organizations

55. Buying local materials, supplies, services, etc.

56. Use of supply chain vendors and service providers who practice sustainability

57. If there is anything about your organization's sustainability policies, not covered above, that you would like to add? (optional)

Additional comments:

58. What unique or special benefits do you offer employees that make your organization a great place to work? (optional)

 
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