News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 7, 2011

Chamber seeks ‘Best Places to Work’ applications


Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — Applications are now being accepted for the state’s annual competition naming the “Best Places to Work in Indiana.” In its seventh year, this Indiana Chamber of Commerce program honors the top companies in the state as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys.

Companies need to have at least 15 Hoosier employees to be eligible. Out-of-state parent companies are also eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana.

The application deadline is Dec. 2.

The Best Companies Group, which has overseen similar programs in other states and large cities, is responsible for the selection process. The basis for this initiative is Fortune magazine’s noted “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

This year, 70 companies were honored as a Best Place to Work. The Indiana Chamber hopes to build on that total for the 2012 program.

“There are so many outstanding employers in the state that understand the importance of providing a positive work environment,” said Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “We encourage them to participate in this Best Places to Work program so we can honor those deserving businesses that make company culture a priority.”

All participating companies will receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

The top Hoosier companies will be honored May 3, 2012, at the Best Places to Work awards dinner — presented by Comcast Business Class — at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Winners will also be recognized via a special supplement to the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick — both of which reach statewide audiences.

Program partners with the Chamber and BizVoice are Indiana SHRM Council, Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Best Companies Group.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program or to register to participate, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com or call the Best Companies Group at (877) 455-2159.

Taking top “Best Places to Work in Indiana” honors for 2011 were Indianapolis-based Microsoft Corp. (large category) and E-gineering, a technology consulting firm on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Check it out

• For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program or to register to participate, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com or call the Best Companies Group at (877) 455-2159.