Newspaper in Salt Lake City Partners with Exton Firm to Determine Utah’s Top Workplaces

Mark Hostutler
Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage.

For the fourth year in a row, The Salt Lake Tribune has partnered with Exton’s Energage, an employee research and consulting firm formerly known as Workplace Dynamics, to determine Utah’s Top Workplaces through worker surveys.

In March, the Tribune started running articles and ads encouraging people to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage then invited those companies and other organizations in the state to take the employee survey. Any organization was welcome, as long as it had at least 35 employees in the state. Organizations could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental.

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The employee survey seeks responses from 24 statements 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 various viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
  • Connection: employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
  • My Manager: cares about concerns, helps learn and grow
  • Employee Engagement: loyalty, motivation, and referral
  • Leader: confidence in company leadership
  • The Basics: pay, benefits, flexibility

Statements relating to “Connection” and “Alignment” were among the most important to workers, while those about pay and benefits rated among the least important.

“Obviously, you have to treat people fairly and pay people well,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, “but we find pay and benefits correlate least with employee engagement.”

Click here to read more about Energage’s role in determining Utah’s Top Workplaces in The Salt Lake Tribune.

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