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By Bob Helbig

Looking for some recognition? A program is seeking to honor New Jersey companies that qualify as Top Workplaces in the eyes of their employees.

Aside from earning a pat on the back, the companies could benefit from recruiting new employees and cutting turnover.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage research company. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

Companies that earn recognition as quality workplaces attract more highly qualified job applicants and experience reduced employee turnover, research shows. Findings published in the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) support the benefits of third-party verification programs such as Top Workplaces, which has ranked quality companies across the United States since 2006.

The AMJ study examined more than 600 companies in North America that participated in a workplace ratings competition from 2011 to 2013. The study was authored by David G. Allen, chair of the Department of Human Resource Management at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, and Brian R. Dineen of Purdue University. Their research was funded by the SHRM Foundation, the charitable arm of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Energage runs two Top Workplaces programs to recognize New Jersey employers. One program includes companies in northern and coastal New Jersey. The other recognizes companies in the Philadelphia area.

To nominate

Head shot of Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage

Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage

companies in New Jersey, go to this nomination page. To nominate companies in the Philadelphia area, go to this nominations page.

The Top Workplaces offers a free assessment through a simple, scientifically sound and anonymous employee feedback survey. The program recruits organizations, walks them through the survey, and creates the list of top-ranking companies. Why participate? Consider:

Shout out, stand out: Third-party recognition of the workplaces encourages workplace pride. It gives employees a morale boost and gives employers well-served credit for creating something special.

Assess, reward and improve: The results from the Top Workplaces survey can help assess the health of companies. They validate achievements, reveal problem areas and set a foundation for new goals.

Boost recruiting: Recognition can help attract and retain the best talent. Employees want to work at companies recognized as leaders that operate by a strong set of values.

Raise the business profile: Customers and business partners will take notice. That awareness can help create new business opportunities, too.

Energage, founded in 2006, is a leader in organizational health research and SaaS-based HR tools. Energage has reached more than 17 million employees from more than 50,000 organizations through its employee engagement platform, Top Workplaces program, and workplace improvement solutions.