We don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of people looking for work right now.
Most of them are unemployed through no fault of their own. Many of them are super talented. But the pandemic landed on them with a thud and without consideration of their talent, work ethic or creativity. It took their jobs as people stopped shopping in person, working in offices and generally venturing about their communities to spend money they no longer have.
Maybe your employer is one of the ones reopening, or making something or providing a service the world realizes it needs right now. Maybe signs are looking hopeful for a return to something resembling the way things used to be in your shop soon.
Or maybe COVID-19, and the wholesale business shutdown it spurred, has revealed something about your employer that you hadn’t recognized before but circumstances have revealed — that your boss really is concerned about your welfare, that he or she had the smarts to adapt to unexpected circumstances or that your company is built to withstand the worst hard knocks.
The Tampa Bay Times has a recognition for companies and employers like that. Each year the newspaper spotlights the Top Workplaces around Tampa Bay. We publish their names and tell people about some of them in a special publication each spring.
And the deadline to nominate an employer has just been extended to Nov. 6.
Tell us about your great employer. Better yet, help us tell the people looking for work.
Despite the staggering challenges facing the world economy, or maybe especially because of them, we want to hear about companies that are triumphing despite the adversity, or perhaps holding it together in remarkable ways. Now more than ever, people want to hear about workplaces that serve as models to others.
Because let’s face it, hard times have a way of shining a light on people and places that are doing things right. And who knows those people and places better than those who work for them?
That’s who drives this undertaking.
Anyone can nominate an employer. Any organization around Tampa Bay with 50 or more employees is eligible, be they public, private, non-profit or government. We include nominees from Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
The employer must agree to participate. We send their employees a quick 24-question survey that we conduct through November. Our research partner Energage conducts similar surveys in 53 markets. It ranks and groups organizations by size. And this year, it will rank Tampa Bay companies alongside those in its other markets.
To submit a nomination online, go to http://www.tampabay.com/nominate. By phone, call 727-498-5578.
We look forward to hearing from you.