The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't choose the Top Workplaces, employees do.
And their employees pushed FedEx Ground, Google Pittsburgh and TEIS (Therapeutic Early Intervention Services) as the top large, medium and small employees in this year's survey.
Pitt Ohio, ESB Bank, Albensi Dental Laboratory, Turner Dairy Farms, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, Bridges Hospice, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Scholastic Book Fairs, Equipment & Controls Inc., Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC, Mainstay Life Services and American Bridge Co. also were singled out as outstanding by their employees in categories ranging from Leadership to Work/Life Flexibility.
The Post-Gazette partnered with WorkplaceDynamics, a Philadelphia-based employee survey firm, to determine the region's Top Workplaces.
The only requirement was that an organization employed at least 50 people in the Pittsburgh area.
We invited 1,132 companies to participate and surveyed 133 of them. The surveyed companies employ 31,270 people in the region.
Most important for Pittsburgh-area employees was their ranking of this statement: "I would highly recommend working at this company to others," at 79 percent, followed by "This company motivates me to give my very best at work" (72 percent) and "I feel genuinely appreciated at this company" (71 percent).
Statements about benefits and pay were the least important to employees.
Making the biggest jumps in importance were "This company operates by strong values and ethics" and "I get the formal training I want for my career,"
The road map for success is clear, and the workplaces that made this list know the benefits of having an engaged workforce committed to a company's future.
Gallup's recent report, "The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders," notes that 30 percent of employees are engaged and inspired at work while 20 percent are actively disengaged, damaging the company's mission and bottom line and costing the U.S. up to $550 billion annually in lost productivity. The remainder are merely showing up and counting the hours until they go home.
Gallup also found that companies with engaged workforces have higher earnings per share and seem to have recovered from the recession at a faster rate.
If that's not a reason to become a Top Workplace, nothing is.
Brian Hyslop: email@example.com or 412-263-1936. First Published September 12, 2013 4:00 AM