One beauty of the Tampa Bay business community is that no one corporate superpower is here to set the tone or style of our regional workplaces.
The result is a treasure trove of innovative, challenging and supportive workplace gems in the area, from Spring Hill to Brandon, Plant City to the beaches and, of course, Tampa to St. Petersburg.
That's why I want to strongly encourage employees who think highly of where they make a living, who actually like to get up and go to work and who recognize quality in their leaders and innovation in their peers to nominate their companies for consideration in the fifth annual survey of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces.
The deadline to nominate where you work (a business, a school, a government department — all are welcome) is this Friday.
It's easy, quick and free.
To nominate, go online to tampabay.com/nominate.
I am urging more area businesses to participate in this survey because it is a win-win. Nominated businesses can learn a lot about themselves. And companies that do make the Times' annual Top Workplace ranking become part of an elite list of businesses and organizations that clearly excel at what they do and have motivated work forces to prove it.
We want to spotlight, celebrate and learn from more top workplace businesses in the Tampa Bay area.
In 2010, when the Times first started its annual survey with the outside firm Workplace Dynamics, 17,000 area workers were surveyed. Sixty workplaces, divided among three size categories, made the final cut that year.
By 2013, in our fourth survey, nearly 35,000 employees responded to our surveys. And 100 companies made the Top Workplace list.
We want to sustain this momentum. The greater the number of participants, the more we can understand — and share with readers — the ingredients of success that contribute to exceptional workplaces, great leadership and quality co-workers.
What better way is there to tell the regional business community that your organization is a winner, and a great place to work, than by making the Times annual list of Top Workplaces?
Nominate your company by Friday. Detailed Top Workplace survey stories and profiles reported by Tampa Bay Times writers will appear in the spring of 2014.
So far, 21 companies that do business in this metro area have made the Top Workplace rankings every year. Among those 21 firms are Tampa's Laser Spine Institute and St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial, as well as the Residence at Timber Pines in Spring Hill and Century 21 Beggins Enterprises in Apollo Beach.
They are organizations whose employees chose to nominate their own companies each year. Show us the next great workplace. Nominate!