Special to the Tribune-Star
Companies that have set the standard for workplace excellence, including a pair in Terre Haute, were recognized Thursday before a crowd of more than 1,200 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The occasion: The Indiana Chamber of Commerce unveiled rankings for the record 100 companies from throughout the state that made the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana list (released in February).
For the first time, winners were selected in four categories: small companies, between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies, between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies, between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies, 1,000 or more U.S. employees.
Two Terre Haute employers were among the companies recognized as best places to work in the state. Visiting Nurse and Hospice of the Wabash Valley ranked No. 16 in the Medium Companies list, and Union Hospital Inc. was No. 19 in the largest employer category.
All companies making the list, Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said, recognize how important it is for the success of a business to make employees feel valued. “Each one should be very proud of the positive environment they have created,” he said.
Two companies — Edward Jones (statewide) and Katz, Sapper & Miller (Indianapolis) — have made the Best Places to Work list all eight years of the program’s existence. Of the 2013 honorees, 60 were repeats from last year.
For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, go to www.bestplacestowork
in.com. All companies that participate in the Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees.
The top companies in the state are determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana. The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 21 other states.