Five Reasons to Register for Best Companies to Work for Program

February 22, 2017
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At Dale Carnegie Training of Birmingham, we thrive on celebrating success!  We applaud last year’s winners of Best Companies to Work for in Alabama program.  If you’re a raving fan of your employer, here are five reasons to consider submitting a nomination for the 2017 Top Workplaces program by March 17th.

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Awards help retain top talent.  Eight out of 10 U.S. adults who are open to a new job or who are actively seeking a job say that they are at least somewhat more likely to apply at an organization that has recently won a great workplace award, according to Gallup research.

Workplace awards aren’t about free lunches or trips to Las Vegas.  It’s all about whether or not employees feel inspired and empowered to do amazing things.  Employees who are inspired and given the room to work on great things typically accomplish what no one thought they possibly could.  Their output could be anything from a technological breakthrough to streamlining what was once an arduous process.

Asking the right questions gauges overall employee engagement.  The Best Companies to Work for in Alabama program is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG), a company that conducts a company assessment comprised of two-parts.  The second part contains the Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey which is comprised of 76 statements that employees respond to on a five point agreement scale; two open-ended questions and seven demographic questions.  BCG analyzes and categorizes the results according to 8 Core Focus Areas: Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training, Development and Resources, Pay and Benefits, and Overall Engagement. 

Companies cannot measure any levels of improvement without beginning with a baseline.  Dale Carnegie said, “Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”  Even if your organization does not ultimately rank during the first year registered, acquiring a snapshot of how the company is performing in key areas is a valuable consolation prize because it enables the prioritization of critical efforts to improve the overall level of engagement and ultimately, productivity and performance.

Recognizing top talent complements all recruiting and retention efforts.  Workplace awards send a strong and indirect message to prospective employees about what it’s like to work at the organization by promising a positively differentiated employment experience.  They also remind current employees that they are part of a strong, award-winning organization. 

Dale Carnegie research studies have identified the specific behaviors required to create an engaged workforce.  Engaged employees outperform the competition by as much as 202% according to Gallup.  The good news is that the behavioral tools necessary to increase employee engagement and ultimately outperform competitors are taught in many courses offered by Dale Carnegie of Birmingham, AL.  For example, in the Dale Carnegie Course, employees learn how to perform as a persuasive communicator, problem-solver and focused leader.  Register for a FREE course preview offered on Tuesday, March 28th or check out all available courses.

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