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Hawaii Top Workplaces is extending the deadline for nominations for the state’s best places to work

The summer of 2021 was a time of dramatic change, with Hawaii’s economic reopening, the return of tourists in large numbers, and the emergence of a variant of the virus threatening much of the progress towards normalcy that has been made so far.

So it’s understandable if certain things on your to-do list haven’t been crossed out as planned.

With this in mind, the Honolulu Star Advertiser is extending the deadline for Hawaii employees to nominate their employers as one of Hawaii’s Top Workplaces, a project to find and recognize companies, organizations, and government agencies that do it right.

The project is a partnership between Star Advertiser and Exton, Pennsylvania-based workplace research and consulting firm Energage. Top awards in the workplace are based on feedback from the employees of the participating companies. Organizations are grouped by size. Participation is free.

The partnership has extended the deadline from last Friday to September 10th to give workers a few more weeks to nominate productive, innovative employers who have fostered great employee relationships and a healthy culture – all in one of the most difficult times in modern history.

Any public, private, nonprofit, or government organization with 35 or more employees in Hawaii is eligible and rated by their employees through a 24-question survey. The companies are surveyed from July to September.

Anyone can nominate an employer at staradvertiser.com/nominate or by calling (808) 466-8623. The winners will be announced early next year.

Companies must agree that their employees take part in the anonymous survey, which should take less than five minutes. Each survey has a unique code to ensure that employees only complete one survey.

A response rate of 35% is required for nomination as a top job. For companies with fewer than 85 employees, 30 survey responses are required.

Both the Star Advertiser and Energage will be reaching out to island companies over a period of 12 weeks to apply for participation in the program. This includes participation not only through the newspaper and its website, but also through email campaigns, social media and phone calls.

Employers who participate in the Top Workplaces survey can use their results to identify their strengths and uncover problem areas, as well as promote pride in the workplace, promote recruitment and improve their business profile.

They also receive a free overview of their results and can purchase an in-depth analysis if they wish. However, there is no purchase obligation, including no analysis of results.

Energage, which conducts surveys on top media jobs in 59 markets, surveyed more than 2 million employees in more than 7,000 companies last year.

“Top Workplaces gives high-performing companies a reason to celebrate hard-earned recognition that attracts top talent and increases retention,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “In the long term, you can design and present your unique, authentic employer brand to ensure that you attract and retain the right talent.

“With the data they collect from the engagement survey, companies can use their unique culture to go one step further to ensure that talent is the right talent.”

Hawaii top jobs

Any public, private, nonprofit, or government organization in Hawaii with at least 35 employees can be nominated by their employees and rated through a 24-question survey.

>> Partner: Honolulu Star Advertiser and Energage

>> Eligibility to participate: Hawaiian organizations with 35 or more employees

>> Final nomination period: September 10

>> Publication: Early 2022

>> Nominations website: staradvertiser.com/nominate

>> Telephone number for nominations: (808) 466-8623

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