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Seeking nominations for Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces

Do your co-workers feel like family? Does your boss show she cares? Consider nominating your employer as a 2020 Top Workplace.
Ester Azeredo, 35, of Tampa, inside a break nook at Transferwise, an international money transfer company located in Ybor City that was last year's midsize Top Workplace. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times [JONES, OCTAVIO   |  Tampa Bay Times]
Ester Azeredo, 35, of Tampa, inside a break nook at Transferwise, an international money transfer company located in Ybor City that was last year's midsize Top Workplace. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times [JONES, OCTAVIO | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 6, 2019

Some people love their jobs. And it’s not necessarily because they make a lot of money.

They find the job rewarding. Their co-workers feel like family. Their boss shows she cares about their well-being.

It doesn’t hurt that there are beanbag chairs in the break room and nap nooks, or free happy hours on Fridays.

These are the sorts of things people have told us over the years that make a Top Workplace. Now we want to hear from you.

The Tampa Bay Times is seeking nominations for the 2020 Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces survey. We want to hear what makes your workplace special. The deadline is Oct. 18. See details below.

Tampa Bay Times 2019 Top Workplaces. [RON BORRESEN | Times]

RELATED STORY: Please check out the 2019 Top Workplaces

We’ve done this for 10 years, through tough economic times and during periods of robust growth. As we start a new decade, we’re hoping you can tell us who we’ve been missing.

Here are a few things that are pretty cool about this survey. First, and most importantly, it’s driven by employees. The rankings we will publish in a dedicated special section of the newspaper early next year are based on employee responses to questions from our third-party partner Energage, which conducts the survey.

There is no cost to enter. In fact, there is no cost ever, including if we rate your company a Top Workplace. We’ll ask some basic questions of your employer, who must agree to participate. They have the opportunity to earn bragging rights, but also to get a free assessment of how employees view the workplace. It’s all confidential.

Any organization with 50 or more employees is eligible, whether public or private, a nonprofit or government agency. Companies will be grouped and ranked by size.

Over the past decade, the Times’ Top Workplaces initiative has:

  • Surveyed 617 companies;
  • Named 306 Top Workplaces;
  • Handed out 920 special recognitions for such things as leadership, communication and benefits;
  • Received responses from 326,924 employees.

Through the years, the highest-ranked companies have included financial services and insurance firms; health care providers; manufacturers; and businesses that focus on hospitality, entertainment, recreation and travel. Last year’s winners included a frozen yogurt chain, a company that helps with international money transfers and a cybersecurity awareness firm.

Ten companies have been picked Top Workplaces every year we’ve conducted the survey. Each year, a couple of dozen new companies join them.

Will yours be next?

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

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