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The survey is divided into six sections: Work Environment; Management & Communications; Decision-making & Trust; Career Development and Learning; Benefits & Compensation; and Sustainable Practices (used to determine the 100 Best Green Companies list). Within each section are 4 workplace qualities (10 in Sustainable Practices) on which employees rate satisfaction and importance. There is also an optional demographic section and two open-ended questions asking what employees like about their workplace and what they would like improved.

For each statement below, employees rate:
• Satisfaction with the performance of their company in that area.
• How important that particular item is to their overall satisfaction.

I. Work Environment

1. Flexibility to balance family, community and job obligations
2. Fairness for differing racial, gender, sexual-orientation, disability, age and economic groups
3. Teamwork, cooperation and fun at work
4. Quality and efficiency of physical workspace, tools and equipment

II. Management & Communications

5. Treatment by supervisors and management
6. Open and clear communications throughout company
7. Timely discipline and termination of poor performers
8. Rewards and acknowledgement for top performers

III. Decision-making & Trust

9. Sense of shared accountability for company performance
10. Trust in management decisions
11. Employee involvement in decision-making and encouragement of solutions
12. Pride and belief in the company

IV. Career Development & Learning

13. On-the-job training
14. Support for off-site education and training
15. Opportunities to grow and stay challenged
16. Opportunities for promotion and advancement

V. Benefits & Compensation

17. Health and wellness plan quality, options and cost
18. Retirement plan options and employer contribution
19. Paid time off and leave benefits
20. Opportunities for increases in pay and benefits

VI. Sustainable Practices (Used for 100 Best Green Workplaces List)

21. Sustainability as part of the company’s mission
22. Rewards and recognition of employee efforts toward sustainability goals
23. Measurement of progress toward sustainability and sharing of results
24. Workplace recycling of paper, glass, metals, packaging and other materials
25. Conservation of water, such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and native-plant landscaping
26. Waste reduction, such as composting, reuse of materials, and minimal packaging
27. Efforts to reduce use of toxic materials and chemicals
28. Support for travel alternatives such as public transit, carpools, telecommuting, walking and bicycling
29. Workplace practice of energy conservation, such as turning off unused equipment and use of compact- fluorescent/LED bulbs and high efficiency appliances
30. Company's practice of buying local for materials, food, etc.
31. Efforts to incorporate sustainability ethics into the company's services and products

Optional demographic information

What is your job level?

• Non-supervisory
• Team / project leader
• Supervisory
• Professional / technical
• Middle management
• Senior executive / owner

How many years have you worked for your company?

• Less than 2 years
• 2 to 5 years
• 6 to 10 years
• More than 10 years

What is your age group?

• Younger than 25
• 25 to 34
• 35 to 44
• 45 to 54
• 55 to 64
• 65 and older

What is your gender?

• Male
• Female
• Transgender / Intersex 

• Other

What is the highest education degree you have earned?

• High school diploma
• Two-year associate's/technical
• Bachelor's degree
• Master's degree
• Ph.D./M.D.
• Other

Which of the following best describes your racial or ethnic group?

• Asian/Pacific Islander
• Black/African American
• Hispanic/Latino
• White/Caucasian
• Native American/Eskimo/Aleut
• Multi-racial
• Other

Additional comments

• What about your company makes it great?
• What about your company would you like to improve?


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