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Deadline extended for South Carolina Top Workplaces awards

Are you thankful for where you work? Here’s something you can do about it: nominate your company for a Top Workplaces award. And best of all, entry is free.

Nominations have been extended to Jan. 17 for the 2020 South Carolina Top Workplaces awards. If your organization has 35 or more employees in South Carolina, it is eligible for consideration, whether public, private, non-profit, government, even schools. 

Any type of employer is welcome to enter. Anyone can nominate their company. Just go to Want to talk to a human? Call (864) 501-9699.

Workplaces are evaluated by their employees using a short 24-question survey. Companies will be surveyed anytime through January. Energage, the Pennsylvania-based research partner for the project, conducts Top Workplaces surveys for 50 major metro markets and surveyed 2.6 million employees at more than 7,500 organizations in 2018.

There is no cost to participate in the program. Winning companies will be featured in the May 2020 editions of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine. They also will be honored at a special event.

This is the fourth year of the South Carolina program. Earlier this year, the magazines featured 30 winning companies, from large companies such as Greenville-based Hubbell Lighting to small companies such as Brandon Advertising in Charleston.

Why participate? Consider the advantages. 

Shout out, stand out: Encourage workplace pride. If your company has worked hard to create an outstanding workplace culture, it deserves to be rewarded. Give yourself a morale boost with something to celebrate. 

Assess, reward and improve: The results from the Top Workplaces survey can validate achievements, reveal problem areas and set a foundation for new goals within an organization. Every company that participates receives a free overview of results.

Boost recruiting: Attract and retain the best talent. Employees want to work at companies recognized as high achievers.

Raise the business profile: Use the Top Workplaces logo on company materials and websites. Customers and business partners will take notice. That can create new business opportunities, too.

Earn public recognition: Winners are featured in print and online in the go-to resource for South Carolina area business leaders.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”