The benefits of living and working in south-central Wisconsin help make the Madison area a magnet for businesses and employees.

Now it’s time to identify and recognize the area’s Top Workplaces: those with supportive leadership, a strong work-life balance, a dynamic culture, a well-defined mission and other signature characteristics that help create an exceptional place to work.

The Wisconsin State Journal has teamed up with research partner Energage to launch a program to identify the Top Workplaces in Dane, Sauk and Columbia counties. The voluntary, free program will determine results based on scientifically sound employee feedback at participating organizations.

To be eligible, firms must have at least 35 employees. Nominations can come from businesses, employees, customers or those in the community who respect or admire an organization. To nominate a business, visit or call 608-234-5446. The nomination deadline is Aug. 17.

Any type of employer can be nominated. Nominees can range from publicly-traded firms to manufacturers to start-ups to non-profits, hospitals and government entities.

Once nominations are in, Energage – an Exton, Pa.-based employee engagement and workplace improvement research firm – will reach out to the companies and conduct a short, 24-question written survey of employees. Its experts will tabulate the results to determine the Top Workplaces rankings.

Firms will be recognized and ranked in size categories for small, mid-sized and large companies. Every participating organization will receive a free overview of the survey results.

Participation allows companies to be publicly recognized for being a Top Workplace, to validate achievements, reveal problems and set a foundation for goals. It can also help firms to attract and retain top talent, boost organizational morale and elevate their business profiles.

Company rankings and profiles of some of the Top Workplaces will be published in a Wisconsin State Journal special section in early 2019.

Energage has Top Workplaces programs in 50 media markets, among them Washington, D.C., Houston, Detroit, San Diego, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Des Moines and New Orleans. In 2017, the firm surveyed more than 2.5 million employees at more than 6,000 organizations.

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