About Best Places To Work

    Here are some frequently asked questions about the program:

    Why should my company participate? 

    The competition presents a great opportunity to learn what your employees are really thinking and provides you with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment. If chosen as a finalist or winner, promote the Best Places to Work award to prospective employees. Use the Best Places to Work logo on your websites and recruiting materials. Use the award in your public relations programs.

    Is there a cost to participate? 

    No. It is free to participate in the program using our standard, on-line survey. All participating companies will receive a free one-page Overview report. This report shows how your company scored in each of the 6 engagement categories measured in the survey.
    Quantum Workplace offers the following features for an additional cost.

    • If your employees do not have access to a computer, paper surveys are available for a nominal fee ($2 per submitted paper survey).
    • You may add questions or demographics to the survey to enhance your survey results. Fees for customized surveys vary, based on the number of employees. (Only Standard survey questions will be used in scoring for the competition.)
    • Participants may purchase a package of their survey results. Prices for packages are based on the size of the company.

    How are the Best Places to Work winners determined? 

    All Best Places to Work winners are determined exclusively on the basis of their employees’ responses to the Employee Engagement Survey. Employee responses from 30 standard questions, along with the number of employees that respond to the survey, are calculated to determine the company’s overall score and ranking.

    Can my company customize the employee survey? 

    Yes, you may add questions or demographics to the survey to enhance your survey results. Fees for customized surveys vary. Please contact Best Places, [email protected] for more information about custom surveys. Customizations do not affect the way your results are scored for the purpose of the competition. Custom questions and non-market employees are excluded from the calculations.

    How is the survey distributed to my employees? 

    The contact person at your company will facilitate the survey invitations for your employees. There are several options available for distribution.

    • Email employees the unique survey link by uploading employee email addresses into the Quantum Workplace portal.
    • Employees without an email address can be invited by hand delivering them a unique survey link.
    • Paper surveys are available to employees without access to a computer. Please note, there is a $2 fee per survey to process paper surveys and the paper survey deadline precedes the online survey deadline.
    • If your company has more than 1000 employees in the contest area, please contact [email protected] if you would like information on alternative options for inviting employees to complete the survey.

    What if my employees do not have access to a computer? 

    Paper surveys are available at a cost of $2 per submitted survey. A company may use a combination of paper and on-line surveys for their employees. Data entry of paper surveys must be conducted by Quantum Workplace.

    Do all employees at my company need to complete the survey? 

    All eligible employees must be invited to take the survey. To reach a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent, you will need to achieve employee participation based on the following percentages per size of organization for your company to be considered an honoree:

    • Less than 50 employees = 85%
    • 51 – 150 = 70%
    • 151 – 500 = 50%
    • 501 – 1,000 = 30%
    • 1,001 – 3,000 = 15%
    • 3,001 – 5,000 = 8%
    • More than 5,000 = 5%

    Which employees are eligible to take the survey? 

    Only permanent employees (full and part-time) are eligible to complete the survey. These employees are the most likely to be impacted by your corporate culture – and are therefore usually the best judge of employee engagement. Do not include seasonal, per diem, independent contractors, or consultants. (including 1099 Real Estate Agents), temps, or partners/owners (with more than 5 percent ownership).

    Should Union employees be included? 

    Yes, Union employees must be included in your employee count and invited to take the survey.

    Should Partners/Owners be allowed to take a survey? 

    No, Partners and Owners with more than 5% ownership of the company should not be invited to complete the survey.

    My company has offices in multiples cities and states, how many employees should I enter at the registration page? 

    You should include all permanent employees (full and part-time) that work within the Reno/Tahoe/Carson City/Sparks metro area. If you would like to include all employees that work outside of these locations, please contact Best Places at 402.206.2386 to discuss customization options and pricing.

    Will my company receive the survey results? 

    Yes, all participating companies will receive a free Category Overview report. This report shows how your company scored in each of the 6 engagement categories. You will also have the opportunity to purchase more in-depth survey results.

    What if my company does not make the Best Places to Work list? 

    You will still receive access to your free Overview report and will have the opportunity to purchase reports to help improve employee engagement. Your company name will not be placed on any list and will not be printed in the special publication. There is NO RISK to participation.

    How will I know if my company make the list? When will I be contacted? 

    All participants that have reached their participation goal will be contacted regarding their status as a finalist or non-finalists by June 4, 2021.

    When is the Best Places to Work event? 

    The Best Places to Work in Northern Nevada Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for August 2021. More information will be coming soon!

    When can I access my company's survey results? 

    If your company is not a finalist, you may access results when you receive your status notification. If your company is a finalist, you will receive access to results after the awards event.

    Is the survey confidential? 

    The Quantum Workplace employee survey is strictly confidential. Companies will have access to survey results at the aggregate level to help you understand and build engagement.