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Renovations made a difference for one Top Workplace

Recent renovations at Zenmonics, Inc. include this new reception area. The global information technology company was named a 2015 Top Workplace.
Recent renovations at Zenmonics, Inc. include this new reception area. The global information technology company was named a 2015 Top Workplace.

For workers more used to walls than wide open spaces, the recent renovations at information technology company Zenmonics Inc. provided a breath of fresh air.

There’s now an open floor plan with lots of natural light, fresh carpet throughout and new furniture that includes “mobile pedestals.” Those are filing cabinets topped with cloth padding so they can be used as mini tables.

Everyone can stand up in a workstation and see a window view, according to human resources manager Kristen Maxwell.

“We’re a smaller company in the scheme of things, but we want to have that big-company fancier feel,” Maxwell says.

“It’s just a really great space...And employees love it. I think it helps a lot with employee satisfaction.”

That worker-friendly approach helped Zenmonics become a Top Workplace in 2015 – a status that Maxwell touts with new hires: “That logo is part of my presentation,” she says. It’s also on the company’s website.

Any organization in the Charlotte metro area with 35 or more employees can become a Top Workplace. Nominations to be a part of The Charlotte Observer’s 2016 program are now open. The Observer is looking for the region’s best employers to feature in our special report, which will publish Sept. 25.

Nominations can come from workplaces in this eight-county region: Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina. Workplaces can be in the public, private, nonprofit or government sectors.

To conduct the survey, we’re teaming with WorkplaceDynamics, a research firm that conducts surveys for more than 40 newspapers, and surveyed nearly 2.5 million employees at more than 6,000 organizations last year.

WorkplaceDynamics will contact nominated businesses and ask to reach out to employees with a short, 22-question survey. Companies will be surveyed during March through May.

The nomination deadline for our 2016 report is April 15.

You can nominate your workplace at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/nominate or by calling 704-954-8760.

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