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How Top Workplaces create a sense of mission

Employees at Quicken Loans, a Top Workplaces 2015 winner, gather at a desk inside the financial services firm’s SouthPark location.
Employees at Quicken Loans, a Top Workplaces 2015 winner, gather at a desk inside the financial services firm’s SouthPark location. WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

What’s a key quality of a Top Workplace?

According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016, employee engagement is a very important factor among 48 percent of survey respondents.

Listening to employees, launching health and well-being initiatives and allowing flexibility in the way workers approach their jobs are all focus areas of companies building an engaged workforce.

“Free food and ping-pong tables are fun perks, but companies that succeed in having highly engaged employees focus intently on driving meaning, purpose, and passion among workers,” according to Deloitte, a global professional services firm.

Does your workplace have these traits? Let us know. Participate in the Charlotte Observer’s second annual Top Workplaces report, which will publish Sept. 25. Any organization with 35 or more employees in the Charlotte metro area is eligible to participate. Workplaces can be in the public, private, nonprofit or government sectors.

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.

As we did last year, 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 May 20.

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

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