How We Did It: A Celebration Of The Elite

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

Arkansas continues to be a great place to live and work. Arkansas’ quality workforce and world-class businesses are two of our most valuable resources. The Best Places to Work in Arkansas program helps bring these resources together to ensure our leadership in the future economy.

The Best Places to Work in Arkansas is a celebration of elite employers who have proven that they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work. The goal is to raise the bar among our state’s employers, creating excellence and employee engagement in the workplace that will attract talented people for years to come.

The Best Places to Work in Arkansas program is open to all publicly or privately held organizations, either for profit or not-for-profit. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have at least 15 employees working in Arkansas.

The Best Places to Work survey process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG). BCG, an independent workplace excellence research firm, managed the registration process, conducted the two-part survey process, evaluated the data and ultimately chose the organizations good enough to make the list.

Participants registered for the evaluation process in April.

Part one of the assessment (one-quarter of each company’s score) consisted of The BCG Employer Questionnaire (EQ), used to collect information about each organization’s benefits, policies, practices and other general information. Part two (three-quarters of each company’s score) involved a confidential, 76-question Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey (EESS) used to evaluate the employees’ workplace experience and corporate culture.

The combined data allowed the experts at BCG to conduct an in-depth analysis of the strengths and challenges that exist for each applicant. BCG’s workplace assessment experts determined who was good enough to make the list and they were compared to one another and ranked in different size categories.

Each organization that participated received the BCG Employee Feedback Report summarizing the employee data collected through the employee survey process. In addition, the report also transcribed employee written comments, and the Arkansas benchmarking data.

The BCG Employee Feedback Report will help each organization understand their workforce better and equip them with the information to make improvements.

The organizations represented here are innovators and the ones other employers use as benchmarks. You’ll see the ways winners help employees, their businesses and their communities. Visit or call Best Companies Group at 1-877-455-2159.



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