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Community volunteering helped shape a Top Workplace

Team OrthoCarolina, seen here supporting the Ronald McDonald House, logs several hundred hours of volunteer time at local charities around the Charlotte area.
Team OrthoCarolina, seen here supporting the Ronald McDonald House, logs several hundred hours of volunteer time at local charities around the Charlotte area.

On the Team OrthoCarolina Facebook page, employees of the medical practice are seen all over town at a range of good causes – from Ronald McDonald House to Operation Christmas Child to the Avon Walk raising money for breast cancer research.

Employees receive a paid workday to volunteer in the community. That adds up to several hundred hours – so much time that the company organizes it through the team.

It helps with recruiting new employees “when you have such a robust volunteer organization,” according to Blair Primis, OrthoCarolina’s vice president of marketing and public relations.

Primis says another selling point is the atmosphere. Since the physicians own the practice, the workplace has the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup. “There’s a nice culture and vibe here of innovation and spirit and really trying to think out of the box and be creative.”

OrthoCarolina was recognized last year as one of the Charlotte region’s Top Workplaces. Nominations to be a part of the Charlotte Observer’s 2016 program are now open. Any organization in the Charlotte metro area with 35 or more employees can become a Top Workplace.

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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