Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Top Workplaces
As a Top Workplaces participant, you have a comprehensive, single dashboard view of every award your organization is eligible to win. This includes Top Workplaces Regional, National, Culture Excellence, and Industry awards. And don’t forget, by completing one engagement survey, your company qualifies to participate in awards year-round.
The dashboard also enables you to plan resource allocation, inform strategic plans, and align timing with other initiatives, such as award announcements, recruitment and sales campaigns, company meetings, and more.
If you haven’t registered yet, go here to get started.
The Top Workplaces national awards – including USA, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards – are open to all companies with more than 150 U.S. employees. To qualify, companies must achieve a Workplace Survey response rate of 35% or higher.
Top Workplaces national awards are open to all industries except those primarily regional, such as local real estate agents/brokers, local hotels, and K-12 educational institutions.
No! Completing a single Workplace Survey puts you in the running for year-round Top Workplaces recognition. This includes all national, regional, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards.
However, you can choose to refresh your survey data at any time.
Because the Top Workplaces national program looks at U.S.-based employees, those who are based internationally are not considered.
You may, however, include them in your Workplace Survey.
The company size bands for Top Workplaces national awards are based on total U.S. employees as follows:
Over the past year, Energage has invited almost 42,000 organizations to compete for our national awards, which include Top Workplaces USA, Industry, and quarterly Culture Excellence awards.
Please note: The national awards are in addition to the Top Workplaces regional awards we offer through more than 55 media partners.
On average, fewer than 3% of eligible organizations earn a Top Workplaces designation, making these achievements clear differentiators among peers. Here is a breakdown of the percentage of invited organizations over the past year according to size band:
Whether it’s for Top Workplaces recognition or for the purpose of collecting data, gathering feedback from all levels of employees is key towards building a strong workplace culture. Employee inclusion in the survey at the discretion of the organization, though Energage encourages organizations to include as many voices as possible.
While surveying all full-time employees is required (random sampling is available for large organizations), the following categories of employees are encouraged to participate in the survey, but are not required:
*The above excludes real-estate and insurance organizations, which are required to survey all employees
Remote employees – for regional Top Workplaces recognition, remote employees should be associated with the physical location that makes the most sense for the organization. This may be based on reporting structure, physical location nearest to the employee, or an alternative option that makes the most sense for the organization to distribute their remote employees. Each remote employee can only be counted toward one region for Top Workplaces participation.
For fully remote organizations (those without a physical office location), employees should be included in Top Workplaces regions based on where they physically live/work as determined by the organization.
The Top Workplaces USA lists can be found here.
The following industries were recognized in 2023:
Organizations that meet the national Top Workplaces benchmark are awarded as Top Workplaces industry winners. The list is published alphabetically by employee size band.
Go here for more information on how Top Workplaces are determined.
Go here for the complete timeline of Top Workplaces national awards.
Top Workplaces Culture Excellence national awards are based on Workplace Survey statement(s) responses. Some awards, including DE&I Practices, Woman-Led Companies, and Remote Work, include additional considerations.
Go here for more details about each of the Culture Excellence awards, including a list of winning companies.
You can find the full list of Top Workplaces regional and national awards here.
Use of Top Workplaces national award badges – including USA, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards – requires an Employer Branding subscription. Go here for more information.
Because Top Workplaces uses the same standard employee engagement survey for all programs, we cannot remove any survey statements.
Yes! Completing one Workplace Survey qualifies your organization to participate in all eligible awards for up to 12 months, including National, Regional, Industry, and Culture Excellence recognition.
All lists are based solely on employee feedback. There are no subjective elements to the process, making Top Workplaces the most credible, authentic employer recognition program.
Top Workplaces are determined on quantitative employee feedback and the statements and demographic information that we collect within Workplace Survey. Because we have collected data from more than 23 million surveys at over 70,000 organizations, the Energage benchmark is the most accurate benchmark available.
You can also learn more about what makes a Top Workplace from Dr. Greg Barnett, Energage Chief People Scientist: