There are plenty of good companies to work for in the Capital Region: companies that provide a decent paycheck and basic benefits. And there are also a lot of great companies to work for: companies that go a step further with additional fringe benefits, company events and flexible work schedules.
But it takes a lot more than good salaries, solid benefits packages and the occasional casual Friday to be one of the Capital Region’s Best Places to Work—especially in a world where employees have more leverage and are demanding a better work-life balance. Companies on the ninth annual list go above and beyond to put their employees first. That’s because they know that if their employees are happy and engaged on the job, then they’ll take ownership of their work and protect the brand—and bottom line. Important qualities in a job market that’s becoming tighter and with employees more willing to change jobs.
If you’re lucky enough to be an employee of one of the Best Places to Work, you work hard and you play hard. And while tickets to sporting events, crawfish boils and holiday parties remain popular, workers also want remote work options, access to mental health, mentorship opportunities and time off to volunteer in the community.
To compile this year’s list, Business Report once again partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management to discover what makes a great workplace in our community, as well as provide participating employers insight into what their employees think. Once again, participating organizations were divided into three categories: small, medium and large.
Independent national firm Best Companies Group surveyed companies that chose to participate. For-profit companies and nonprofits as well as publicly and privately held companies are all eligible to participate, so long as they have a facility in Baton Rouge and a minimum of 15 full- or part-time employees working in the nine-parish Capital Region. Contract employees are not included in employee counts or surveys.
To ensure credibility, organizations with fewer than 25 employees are required to have an 80% or better response rate on the employee survey.
The first portion of the assessment involves a questionnaire about company policies, practices, demographics and benefits. The second portion involves a randomly selected group of each company’s employees, who respond—anonymously—to 78 statements on a five-point agreement scale as well as a handful of open-ended questions and demographic inquiries.
Best Companies Group analyzes and ranks participating firms on eight core focus areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; employees’ relationships with supervisors; training, development and resources; pay and benefits; and overall employee engagement.
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