NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune – The New Orleans Advocate honored 55 New Orleans-area companies Tuesday (August 27) at its annual Top Workplaces event, held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For the fourth year in a row, Ampirical was one of them.

The Top Workplaces program is an annual award competition that ranks companies based on surveys of the people who know them best- the employees themselves. Conducted by Energage, a leading research firm on organizational health and engagement, the program asks employees to confidentially rate their employers on a wide range of attributes, including company direction, employee happiness, and management relationships, just to name a few.

For the fourth straight year, high employee morale and satisfaction earned Ampirical a Top Workplaces designation among organizations in seven parishes of Louisiana, including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines. The company’s employees cited a collaborative work environment, strong team culture, and significant opportunities for ongoing development and advancement as some of the top reasons they enjoy being part of the Ampirical team.

A full list of Top Workplaces will be listed in an upcoming edition of The Times-Picayune –  The New Orleans Advocate and can be viewed online by clicking here.

About the Top Workplaces Program

The Top Workplaces employee survey gathers responses on 24 factors covering seven areas, including organizational health factors that measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause:

  • Alignment – where the company is headed, its values, cooperation
  • Effectiveness – doing things well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
  • Connection – employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
  • My Manager – cares about concerns, helps employees learn and grow

In addition, the survey asks employees about other factors:

  • Employee Engagement – motivation, retention and referral
  • Leader – confidence in company leadership
  • The Basics – pay, benefits, flexibility, training, expectations

Statements relating to “Connection” and “Alignment” are consistently judged most important to employees, while statements about pay and benefits rate least important for workplace satisfaction.

Smaller employers tend to score higher than midsize employers, and midsize employers tend to score higher than large employers. Employers are ranked among groups of similar size to most accurately compare results. Within those size groupings, companies are ranked, and those that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Energage also determines special award winners based on standout scores on specific areas of the survey.

Why aren’t some companies on the list? Perhaps they chose not to participate or did not score high enough based on the survey results. To ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey, Energage runs statistical tests to look for questionable results. Sometimes, it disqualifies employers based on those tests.