Best Places to Work

Frequently Asked Questions on the Best Places
to Work Program


Who runs Best Places to Work?

Quantum Workplace manages Best Places to Work in partnership with American City Business Journals and various other organizations, such as associations, chambers of commerce, and corporate sponsors. As the survey administrator, Quantum Workplace provides the analytical engine powering more than 6,000 surveys annually and delivering the rankings to the publishing partners. Partnering business journals and associations announce the contest finalists and handle accompanying recognition events and publicity.

Why should I enter my organization in this contest?

The benefits of entering the Best Places to Work contest are invaluable. Yes, you will you have the chance to become a nationally recognized Best Places to Work finalist. But that’s not all. You can also innovatively promote your employer brand with new recruitment and marketing strategies, gain insight on the likes and dislikes of your employees, and utilize your feedback to improve workplace productivity, enhance loyalty of clientele, and make business better

Which organizations sponsor the contest, and how can I find them?

The organizations that sponsor the contests are listed on the contest pages. Go to Find Your Contest to get started.

How much does it cost to participate?

It’s FREE!* You can enter the contest, survey your employees, and get access to an overview of your results all at no cost to you. However, for those organizations that want more than recognition — like happier employees, a positive workplace culture, and better business — we offer customization and additional benefits. so you can make it happen such as survey customization (Insight Plus) and Insight Reports. *Two of our programs charge a participation fee: Best Places to Work in Omaha, and Best Places to Work in Events.

How are winners determined?

In order to gather statistically sound results, companies must reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on total number of employees, to be eligible to be as a finalist. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated. Companies are ranked and finalists are chosen in each size category according to their overall engagement score. The engagement score is calculated by compiling all raw data from the questions on a 1-6 Likert scale (strongly disagree to strongly agree) to find an average score that is then indexed to a 100-point scale. Overall number of responses is also factored into the engagement score. Winners are chosen 100 percent based on the results of the survey and, in essence, by the employees themselves.

Who should take the survey?

All full-time and part-time employees who have been with the company at least 30 days and live within the contest area boundaries must be invited to take the survey. These employees have the most impact on your corporate culture and are usually a better judge of employee engagement.

  • Most of my employees work part-time. Can I include them? Yes, part-time employees must be included.
  • Should I invite partners or owners to take the survey? No. Partners and owners with more than 5 percent ownership in the company should not be invited to take the survey.
  • My company has offices in multiple cities and states, should I include all of my employees? For competition purposes, you can only include employees who work within the region of your sponsoring organization. If you would like to include all employees to gain a full, comprehensive employee engagement report, regardless of geographic location, you can customize your survey.

How is the survey distributed to my employees?

Our program requires companies to upload an email address for all employees who have one. This allows Quantum Workplace to email the survey invitation directly to each employee. This method of survey distribution ensures the most accurate and representative collection of employee data. This, in turn, makes our Best Places to Work lists more meaningful and trusted by employees and job-seekers alike. There are several options available for distribution:

  • Email employees the unique survey link by uploading employee email addresses into the Quantum Workplace portal.
  • Employees without an email address can be invited by hand-delivering them a unique survey link.
  • Paper surveys are available to employees without access to a computer. Please note, there is a $2 fee to process paper surveys and the paper survey deadline precedes the online survey deadline.

Is the survey confidential?

The Quantum Workplace employee survey is strictly confidential. Company leaders will have access to survey results at the aggregate level to help understand and build engagement. However, the individual identities of employees are never revealed. In fact, companies are not even able to see who has or has not completed the survey.

How will I know how many employees have completed the survey?

The survey coordinator for each organization will receive daily updates with the survey completion rate. You can also view this by clicking on the “Monitor Responses” tab on your survey site. Note that to protect employees’ confidentiality, we never share who has or has not completed the survey.

The number of employees at my organization has changed since I first set up the survey, what should I do?

No problem! You can change your employee count and invite more employees when you log in.

How do I view the results?

All participating organizations will receive access to the free report and can access their results online. Results will be available to non-finalists shortly after the survey close date; finalists will receive access after the sponsoring organization’s event and/or publication. For those companies that would like more extensive reporting options, please see the reporting options.

What if my company does not make the Best Places to Work list?

You will still receive access to your free overview report and will have the opportunity to purchase reports to help improve employee engagement. Your company name will not be placed on any list and will not be printed in the special publication. There is NO RISK to participation.

Questions about the publication or event?

Contact your sponsoring organization. The contacts of sponsoring organizations are listed within each contest page. Go to Find Your Contest to get started.