What kinds of companies are eligible to participate in these contests?
These contests are open to any staffing or workforce solutions firm operating in the US, Canada, and UK. If your company has offices in different regions you will need to nominate and survey each region separately. Staffing firms are defined as providers of temporary/contract staffing and direct hire/placement services; workforce solutions are providers of ancillary services such as employee leasing/PEO services, outplacement, RPO, etc. Your firm must have a minimum of 10 internal employees (not counting temps or contractors placed on assignment).
Why should my company participate?
The contest presents a great PR opportunity--a way to learn what your employees are really thinking, and provides you with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment. Winning firms will be honored at an awards event during the Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum in February 2016 as well as receive recognition in Staffing Industry Review magazine and other Staffing Industry Analysts’ publications. If your company is chosen as a finalist or winner, you may promote the Best Staffing Firms to Work For awards to clients and prospective employees (both internal and temporary/contract).
You may also refer to the award, without limitation, in your public relations and marketing programs.
Is there a cost to participate?
Participation is free, unless your company requires paper surveys which carry a small processing fee. For companies that want to dig into the results, Quantum Workplace offers optional advanced reporting options at a reasonable cost.
Which employees are eligible to take the survey?
You should invite all current employees, both internal employees and recent temporary/contract workers (i.e., those placed on assignment after June 30, 2015). A splitter question at the very beginning of the survey will direct internal employees to one survey, and temporary/contract workers to another survey.
Can I invite just one category of employee participants (i.e. internal or temporary/contract) rather than both?
Yes. However, inasmuch as this is a free opportunity to elevate the profile of your firm to all potential employees, we strongly recommend that you invite both groups.
What categories of awards will there be?
For the 2016 program, we are offering more opportunities to be honored as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For. We will recognize all companies whose score in the top quartile for each size category*. The award categories are:
- Best Staffing Firms to Work For North America: Internal employees, with one award each for small, medium, large and extra large staffing firms
- Best Staffing Firms to Temp For North America: Temporary and Contract Employees.
- Best Staffing Firms to Work For United Kingdom.
* Firms will only be honored who have met the minimum standard of excellence score.
Will my company receive the survey results?
Yes, all participating companies will receive an Overview report. This report shows how your company scored in each of the 10 engagement categories with respect to internal employees. You will also have the opportunity to purchase one of three report packages for more in-depth survey results. The report packages will be available for purchase any time after the survey launch. With respect to temporary/contract employees, participating companies will also receive their net promoter score.
My firm is a franchisee of a larger firm. Can I participate?
As long as your franchise meets the survey’s overall criteria, it can participate separately. Alternatively, if your parent franchisor chooses to participate, your franchise can be rolled into the combined operation. However, your individual franchise and the parent franchisor cannot both participate separately.
Do all of the internal employees at my company need to complete the survey?
All eligible employees should be invited to take the survey. To reach a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent, you will need to achieve employee participation based on the following percentages per size of organization for your company to be considered an honoree:
- 20 to 51 internal employees = 85%
- 51 - 150 internal employees = 70%
- 151 – 500 internal employees = 50%
- 501 - 1,000 internal employees = 30%
- 1,001 - 3,000 internal employees = 15%
- 3,001 - 5,000 internal employees = 8%
- More than 5,000 internal employees = 5%
These same participation requirements separately govern the temporary/contract employee survey.
How is the survey distributed to my employees?
The program requires companies to upload an email address for all employees who have one. This allows Quantum Workplace to email the survey invitation directly to each employee. This method of survey distribution ensures the most accurate and representative collection of employee data. This, in turn, makes our Best Staffing Firms lists more meaningful and trusted by employees and job-seekers alike. There are several options available for distribution:
- Email employees the unique survey link by uploading employee email addresses into the Quantum Workplace portal.
- Employees without an email address can be invited by hand-delivering them a unique survey link.
- Paper surveys are available to employees without access to a computer. Please note, there is a $2 fee to process paper surveys and the paper survey deadline precedes the online survey deadline.
Is the survey confidential?
The employee survey is strictly confidential. Your company will have access to survey results at the aggregate level to help you understand and build engagement. However, the individual identities of employees are never revealed. In fact, companies are not even able to see who has or has not completed the survey.
What if my company does not make the Best Staffing Firms to Work For list?
You will still receive access to your free Category report and will have the opportunity to purchase reports to help improve employee engagement. Only the names of the top performing companies will be made public, lower scoring firms will remain confidential. Your company name will not be placed on any list and will not be printed in Staffing Industry Analysts’ publications. There is NO RISK to participation.
Does customizing my survey affect the way my results are scored?
No, customizations do not affect the way your results are scored for the purposes of the contest. Custom questions and non-market employees are excluded from the calculations. For more information, contact the Best Places to Work Team at +1-402-206-2386.
How will the winners be notified?
Finalists will be notified by Staffing Industry Analysts by January 13, 2016. Winners will be announced during the Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum, February 22-25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Our firm includes regions outside the planned geographic coverage of your survey. Can we participate?
The divisions of your company that operate within the planned geographic coverage of the survey can participate, but your company as a whole cannot.
Our firm focuses on direct hire only; we do no temporary staffing. Can we participate?
Yes. Staffing firms are defined as providers of temporary/contract staffing, employee leasing/PEO services, direct hire/placement services or outplacement. A business with operations in any of these is eligible for the survey.