Utah workplaces have changed a lot since the start of 2020 in one way or another, along with the rest of the world.
As Beehive State marks two years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, just under two-thirds of adults say they live in a household where someone has shown up at an actual workplace. during the previous week, according to census surveys.
Thousands of people are still telecommuting to work from a bedroom desk or a laptop at the kitchen table, even as Utah’s unemployment rate fell to 2.2% in January, its rate the lowest ever recorded. COVID-19 has transformed the way businesses interact with customers. Most people are familiar with the belongings of supply disruptions by now, and inflation is again an issue.
Utah employers have learned to meet these challenges with an added daily dose of uncertainty to stay afloat. Some have risen above the rest, notable for the way they have adapted to make their employees feel connected, heard and valued.
For a ninth year, The Salt Lake Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Top Workplaces awards.
How is your employer? If you feel good, nominate him at http://www.sltrib.com/nominate or by phone at 801-803-6841.
Any Utah workplace with 35 or more employees can participate, whether private, public, nonprofit, or government.
The deadline for nominations is April 15. There are no participation fees.
Applicants will be evaluated by their employees from March through June with a short 24-question survey, conducted by Philadelphia-based Energage, a cultural technology company specializing in employee engagement and workplace improvement research. .
Employees scan through statements such as “My job makes me feel like I’m part of something special” or “This company operates on strong values” – then rank them from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” “. Participants can also highlight various attributes of their employers for special award categories. The 2021 awards also included Utah’s top small, medium and large business bosses.
Employers, employees and even people outside the company or organization can nominate candidates.
La Tribune will announce the winners in the fall in dedicated online and print publications.
Last year’s awards – a full year into the pandemic – involved surveys of 179 employers and recognized 147 workplaces. (Some 1,600 organizations were invited to participate.) More than 33,500 employees responded.
BambooHR, a Lindon-based human resources software company, led the 2021 winners among large companies. As the company has grown since its inception in 2008, it has now won Top Workplaces awards in each of the survey’s small, medium and large categories.
“Since its very first days, BambooHR has been a place where people love what they do and love coming to work,” the company’s human resources manager, Cassie Whitlock, wrote in 2021 as part of the awards. “The difference is that BambooHR has succeeded while recognizing that its success is more than just making money for the company.”
Chatbook, a photo-editing software company in Lehi, topped the list of best mid-sized businesses, while the non-profit Ronald McDonald House Charities topped the 2021 small business winners.
Angela Moon, Ronald McDonald House human resources and culture manager for Intermountain West, said at the time that the culture of the operation “is about supporting and empowering every member of the team.”
Energage surveys Top Workplaces for media in 61 markets – including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Tampa Bay Times – and reached more than 2 million workers at approximately 8,000 companies and organizations last year.