Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Love your job? Nominate your employer as a Tampa Bay Times top workplace

One company gives employees a chance to let loose — and show off their moves — with daily, three-minute dance parties. At another, a group of hard workers is rewarded with a Mexican cruise. Staffers at a third place get to dig into a humongous office salad every day.

The three have something special in common beyond office camaraderie — they all received enough high praise from their employees to be named one of the Tampa Bay Times' Top 100 Workplaces in 2017.

More than 37,000 employees from 175 companies in the bay area shared with us how much they enjoyed their jobs last year. The result was our eighth annual special section identifying the region's top workplaces.

Now it's time to do it again.

Tell us what makes your employer special. Does your company go above and beyond to treat its workers right? This is your chance to brag about it.

Last year, there was a healthy mix of 20 newcomers along with 13 longtimers that had the distinction of making the top workplace cut every year since it began in 2010.

In our 2017 Top 100, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel ranked No. 1 in the large category (organizations with 500 or more employees); Clearwater-based KnowBe4 topped the mid-size company list (150 to 499 employees) while Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza in Tampa notched the top spot among places with 50 to 149 workers.

Here's how the rankings are compiled:

Any employee can nominate an organization. The Times' research partner, WorkplaceDynamics, will contact nominated organizations and ask them to participate in a survey.

WorkplaceDynamics ranks employers within their size category based solely on employee responses to the survey. The Times doesn't choose the winners; the employees of the companies do.

Any organization with 50 or more employees in the Tampa Bay area is eligible to participate — be it public, private, non-profit or government. As with previous years, winners will be divided into three categories based on the size of their workplace.

The deadline to nominate your company is Oct. 20.

A special section featuring the 2018 top workplaces will publish in the spring.

It is free to participate and every organization that does so will receive feedback on its workplace. Oh, and like last year, there will be an opportunity to fete the new winners and learn from them.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:Leaders of Tampa Bay's top workplaces share insights, suggestions

To make a nomination, go to www.tampabay.com/nominate or call (727) 498-5578.

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