SPC students, graduation is upon us. Do you have a job? Who are your dream employers and what are they looking for in an employee? As you start your job search, you may want to look at the Top 100 Workplaces in Tampa Bay.
Every year, beginning in September, the Tampa Bay Times opens a survey for employees to identify the top places to work in Tampa Bay. Anyone can nominate their place of employment. Employees answer a series of 24 questions related to workplace and culture.
The topics include:
- Alignment – where the company is heading, its values, cooperation
- Connection – employees feel appreciated, their work is meaningful
- Effectiveness – doing things well, sharing different viewpoints, encouraging new ideas
- My manager – cares about concerns, helps learn and grow
- Engagement – motivation, retention and recruiting
- Leadership – confidence in company leaders
- The basics – pay, benefits, flexibility, training, expectations
Energage, the research partner for Top Workplaces, compiles the results and delivers their report. This is the 10th year the Tampa Bay Times partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to determine the area’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process.
This year 191 organizations completed the survey. They have a combined employment force of 96,636 employees. Of these employees, 40,363 responded to the questionnaires. Energage used these results to determine those top workplaces.
Employers were ranked based on workforce size:
- Small companies: 50-149 local employees
- Midsized companies: 150-499 local employees
- Large companies: 500-plus local employees
Top Workplaces Live
Next, the Straz Center for Performing Arts opened its doors on April 30 for the Top Workplaces Live event. A panel of employers talked about the secret of their success.
Top Workplaces Live Panelists
John “JC” Connolly – President and Chief Executive Officer of NAC Group, Inc (NAC Semi). This is a global electronic components design and service distribution company in St. Petersburg. Mr. Connolly earned his AA at St. Petersburg College before earning his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University.
“It’s not about what you have but what you give,” and “the most important part of a successful organization drives in and out of the parking lot everyday” states Mr. Connolly.
He believes that this philosophy is partially why the company was named in the top workplaces.
Robert Fisher – Chief Executive Officer of Grow Financial. Mr. Fisher is recognized as one of the most experienced CEOs in the credit union industry. He has served on many industry boards in Florida. Mr. Fisher earned his B.S. in Business from Miami University in Ohio and attended Yale University School of Management for advanced management studies. He has mentored many university students as well as other CEOs. Mr. Fisher believes that “little things add up for the employee experience.” He likes to engage his employees in casual conversation daily.
Mr. Steve Griggs – Chief Executive Officer – Tampa Bay Lightning. Mr. Griggs joined the organization in 2010 as the COO. He oversaw the organizations business operations including concerts and events at AMALIE Arena. He has been serving as the CEO since 2015. Under his watch, The Tampa Bay Lightning has sold-out every single home game since the 2014 – 2015 season. Mr. Griggs states “through disappointment, leaders must lead.” He leads through a positive attitude and places the best people in the best positions.
Mr. Jason Hill – Chief Executive Officer of Parallon Shared Services. This company brings operational knowledge to hospitals, physician practices, and healthcare systems. Mr. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and an MBA from Indiana University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Mr. Hill states you must “let employees know about change BEFORE change happens.” He states engaging employee’s builds trust. He is a believer in promoting from within.
So SPC grads, check out these amazing employers. Make sure your resume is updated and ready. Look at your professional attire, practice your elevator speech and handshake. Check out the career webinars for help. Your best is right in front of you. Congratulations on your graduation. Go Titans!