Best Places to Work contest offers chance for recruitment boost

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Studies have shown that companies with the best employee morale enjoy lower turnover, better financial performance than industry peers, improved track records on safety and higher-quality job applicants. Prairie Business magazine would like to salute the companies that have committed to making their business one of the best in the region in its first “50 Best Places to Work” contest.

Companies will be nominated through an anonymous employee satisfaction survey and will be rated in areas including work environment, employee benefits and employee happiness. The top 25 small companies (99 or fewer full-time employees) and the top 25 large companies (100+ employees) will be honored in the September issue of the magazine. Consideration will be given to the number of nominations received per company. The contest is open to for-profit companies in the Prairie Business readership area. The Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey can be found online at under the 50 Best Companies tab, or by clicking this link:

“Considering the rapid growth of businesses in our region and the extremely low unemployment, finding and keeping employees has become the name of the game for businesses across all industries in the northern Plains,” says Editor Kris Bevill. “This contest is a great way to recognize those employers who have found a way to make the workplace somewhere their employees want to be, whether through unique benefits, great pay or just an overall positive company culture. We think this is the first time our region has had this type of contest and, frankly, it’s about time. We can’t wait to share the results with our readers in September.”

Executive Editor Rona Johnson noted that the contest will also be useful to companies as they continue to expand and seek talented individuals to join their teams. “Our region has the lowest unemployment numbers in the country, so workers can pick and choose where they want to work,” she said. “Being designated a ‘Best Place to Work’ can help tip the scales in a company’s favor and score the best talent available.”

Because companies will be rated according to input from employees, it will be vital for company leaders and employees to spread the word in order to receive the recognition they feel the business deserves. The deadline for nominations is July 18.