How the Atlanta Top Workplaces are chosen
More than 2,500 companies were nominated or asked to participate in the 2016 Top Workplaces contest by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its partner, Workplace Dynamics, after employees across the metro area responded to print and online solicitations that began appearing in September.
Workplace Dynamics then surveyed 275 metro companies that agreed to participate, an all-time high in the six years of the Top Workplaces program. Each company required a survey response rate of at least 35 percent for employees based in metro Atlanta. In addition, employers with 85 or fewer metro Atlanta employees had to have at least 30 responders.
Almost 60,000 metro workers participated in the survey. They were asked to respond to a set of statements using a seven-point Likert scale. Each statement was tested to ensure a high correlation with how metro employees rate their workplaces. This was calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question that asked each employee to rate his or her workplace on a scale of zero to 99.
The resulting top 150 list consists of 25 large companies (500 or more employees), 50 midsize companies (150-499 employees) and 75 small companies (149 or fewer employees). Another 15 companies are honored as WorkPlace Achievers — they scored high enough to meet national standards but not high enough to crack the top 150.
Once the survey was completed, Workplace Dynamics ran a series of statistical tests to look for questionable results and determine whether disqualifications were needed. Workplace Dynamics also drew up a list of special awards based on standout scores on specific survey statements.
A common theme crystallizes in the articles about these companies that have earned the loyalty and affection of their employees: They have invested as much in their employees’ well-being as they have in tangible perks. The reward for the company can be measured in satisfied customers and on the bottom line.
These companies should be considered the best metro Atlanta has to offer.