Written by: Leonard Parker | Houston Business News | April 21, 2021
Has your employer done something extraordinary to improve your work life during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic? Does your company encourage new ideas? Do you feel supported by your manager and inspired to do your best work?
We want to know about it.
The Houston Chronicle is seeking nominations for 2021’s Top Workplaces contest. The project is done in partnership with workplace research and consulting firm Energage.
Any organization with 50 or more employees in the Greater Houston area is eligible to participate. The company can be public, private or nonprofit, or a government agency.
Nominations are due May 7. The nominated workplaces are evaluated by their employees using a 24-question survey. The surveys will be conducted from April through June.
Energage conducts Top Workplaces surveys for media in 56 markets and surveyed more than 2 million employees at more than 7,000 organizations in the past year.
Last year, the Chronicle recognized 130 organizations that collectively employ more than 57,000 people as Top Workplaces. More than 37,000 employees weighed in.
The winners in 2020 included Camden, an apartment development and management company in the large employer category; CB&A Realtors, a real estate brokerage in the midsize category; and Improving — Houston, a custom software development and consulting company in the small category.
Houston-based Camden provided a $100-a-week per school-age child stipend to support parents working at home, often alongside their children who were attending school virtually.
As one employee put it, “Camden goes above and beyond for each employee. My job is rewarding and the people I work with are more than colleagues, they become family.”
At CB&A Realtors, the brokerage supported agents in adapting to new ways to market properties virtually as the residential real estate market gained momentum.
“I love the people I work with and for, I love the fact that all opinions are valued and that people treat each other decently,” said a CB&A Realtors employee. “I also love the fact that from top leadership down people come first (customer, employees, shareholders).”
Managers at Improving — Houston showed appreciation for employees by barbecuing some 300 pounds of meat, then having it delivered to employees' homes for Sunday dinner.
“Everyone I work with is incredibly smart and best of all they are thrilled to help you,” commented one Improving — Houston employee. “Everything revolves around trust. I have never been trusted so much in a workplace.”
This year, the Chronicle will recognize Top Workplaces winners in a special section published in late 2021.
To nominate a company, visit http://www.chron.com/nominate or call 713-429-0375.