THIS IS THE 10TH anniversary for Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads. Inside Business started the program to encourage companies that recognize their most valuable asset - their employees.
Best Places to Work highlights companies that have found ways to make their employees feel valued in good times and in tough economies. They serve as examples to other employers, providing suggestions of things other businesses can do, many of which won't overly impact the bottom line.
To be selected, companies submitted information about their culture, annual turnover, employee satisfaction, fair and equitable treatment, compensation, benefits, and employee training opportunities. Each company also had to have a sufficient number of employees respond to an online survey. The judges considered the survey results and comments to make their final selections.
Companies that have participated in the program for several years and have won repeated recognition have been inducted into the Best Places Hall of Fame. Those companies can continue to participate to earn additional awards. This year we honor four companies with the Bronze Award and welcome five others into the Hall of Fame.
We hope these recognitions will encourage companies to improve what they do for employees to raise the overall performance of their companies and the quality of the workforce in Hampton Roads.
- Carol Lichti, Inside Business editor
Overall Best Company/Best Large Company
Norfolk Sheriff's Office
AAA of Tidewater Virginia - 1st runner-up
Old Point National Bank - 2nd runner-up
The Breeden Co. - 3rd runner-up
DOMA Technologies - Best Medium-Sized Company
Paramount Builders - 1st runner-up
Homeland Contracting - Best Small Company
McPhillips, Roberts & Deans - 1st runner-up
IssueTrak Inc. - 2nd runner-up
Meridian Group + Launch Interactive - 3rd runner-up
A-Active Termite & Pest Control
Strickland and Jones
Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas
Hall of Fame Bronze Awards
Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP
Kaufman & Canoles
Liberty Tax Service
Consulting by Design of Princess Anne Ltd.
Human Resources Analyst
Human Resources Department
City of Virginia Beach
Elizabeth and Joe Lacroix
Principals, QWLC - Quality of WorkLife Consultants
Chris M. Stone
WR Systems Ltd.