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Special awards recognize vision, leadership at Top Workplaces

From left, James Mathis, Becky Thompson with Consolidated Planning Inc. show their excitement after receiving a first-place award in the small company category during the Top Workplaces reveal event last September. Consolidated Planning, a financial planning firm, also was named a special awards winner for company ethics.
From left, James Mathis, Becky Thompson with Consolidated Planning Inc. show their excitement after receiving a first-place award in the small company category during the Top Workplaces reveal event last September. Consolidated Planning, a financial planning firm, also was named a special awards winner for company ethics. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Employees take notice when their workplace shows appreciation to staff, or has strong leadership, or is headed in a clear and positive direction.

That’s why the Charlotte Observer’s Top Workplaces program gives a nod to these companies by honoring them with special awards based on employee responses to specific survey statements.

Last year, lending company Movement Mortgage was recognized for employees’ sense of “being part of something meaningful.” Charlotte-based staffing agency AccruePartners was named a Top Workplace for new ideas. Financial planning services firm Consolidated Planning received the special awards nod for ethics.

If these traits sound similar to what happens in your workplace, tell us about it. 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 and be recognized 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.

WorkplaceDynamics, a research firm that works with newspapers, will conduct the survey. The firm will contact nominated businesses and ask to reach out to employees with a short, 22-question survey.

The nomination deadline for our 2016 report is April 15.

Want to nominate your workplace? Go to http://www.charlotteobserver.com/nominate, or call 704-954-8760.

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