It’s not over yet, folks.
Sure, we said the deadline to nominate your favorite workplace for Baltimore Sun Media’s 10th annual Top Workplaces list is Friday, but given all that’s going on — summer vacations, coronavirus, political division, our increasingly warped sense of time — we decided to give you a few more weeks.
Instead of closing the nominating process, The Sun will now accept recommendations for Top Workplaces list until Aug. 7.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the nature of how and even where many of us work, but for those still working our employers remain the same.
A fortunate few of us relish going to work, whether you’re in an essential job requiring you to report for duty or sitting in your home office or your dining room and videoconferencing with co-workers and customers. These folks love their jobs and admire their employers. Their jobs may offer purpose, flexibility, collaboration, respect, challenge and, of course, rewards.
If you’re one of the lucky who actually like going to work, Baltimore Sun Media wants to know about your workplace and what makes it so special.
For the past nine 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 50 major news organizations across the country.
Last year, 135 companies were recognized as Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region, encompassing the city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
Winners included the Baltimore engineering firm RK&K in the large employers division, the Annapolis Junction software company Next Century Corp. in the midsize employer category and, among small employers, the Constellation Technologies consulting firm.
Many other employers are perennial contenders, but new companies emerge every year. So far this year, 150 companies have signed on to challenge them and participate in the Sun’s 2020 Top Workplaces program.
And there’s real value in it. Research shows that being designated a Top Workplace helps those companies attract more highly qualified job applicants and retain employees longer.
Anyone can suggest a company — employees, executives, even customers. It doesn’t matter whether the workplace is privately owned or publicly held or even a nonprofit. 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 in August 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.
Nominate your workplace today and see whether it has what it takes to make the list or even top it this year.
To nominate a company, go to baltimoresun.com/nominate or call 410-779-9337.