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Thirteenth Annual Competition Highlights Best Workplace Environments

Community Author: Angie Helton
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PORTLAND, Maine— Employers who have the best working environments, with the most engaged employees will be named “Best Places to Work in Maine” in this year’s program, sponsored by the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).   The program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding conditions in which their employees can thrive.

“The ‘Best Places to Work’ program recognizes that a healthy economy results from great workplaces,” said Amie Parker, state director of the SHRM Maine State Council. “This program honors businesses that excel as employers and gives them tools to continue to foster great work environments.”

The program is managed by Best Companies Group and is endorsed by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine HR Convention and “Mainebiz”.

In June, Best Companies Group will gather information from all Maine companies that have registered online by May 25 using a scientifically validated survey. Information collected from the assessment will include details on a company’s employee benefits and workplace policies as well as employee responses to a comprehensive engagement and satisfaction survey. This information is used to determine the “Best Places to Work in Maine”.

“Maine’s historically-low unemployment rate and tight labor market have made it challenging for employers to figure out effective methods and tactics to keep and attract talented workers,” said Labor Commissioner John Butera. “It’s important for employers to understand the needs, wants and desires of different cohorts in the labor force. Best Places to Work highlights Maine employers that provide a quality work environment through unique best practices, and shares objective feedback with each participating employer to help improve their workplace culture.”

The Best Companies Group’s Employee Feedback Report is presented to each participating company, even if it does not make the list of “Best Places to Work.” The report includes a summary of the company’s employee engagement and satisfaction data, the Maine benchmark report, and a transcript of written employee comments. Many employers use this report as a starting point for improving their workplace cultures.

Employers pay a fee that covers the cost to conduct the comprehensive survey and create the employee feedback report.

Last year’s “Best Places to Work in Maine” first place winners included, for the fourth consecutive year, Belfast-based Edward Jones in the large company category. Patriot Subaru, located in Saco, took the top honor in the medium company category for the third straight year. First place in the small company category went to Maine Information Network, of Augusta.

Any company with at least 15 employees in the state of Maine is encouraged to participate. Companies selected as a “Best Place to Work in Maine” will be announced at a gala event at the Augusta Civic Center on October 9. A complete list of top companies will be featured in a statewide publication produced by “Mainebiz”.

The SHRM Maine State Council is pleased to announce that is the premier sponsor of “Best Places to Work in Maine” 2018 program.

Additional sponsors include Live and Work in Maine, Pro Search Inc. and Allagash Brewing.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available so if your company is interested in being involved please reach out to Jodie Griffith or Kate Wilber for more information.

Interested companies can apply to participate in the program online at The deadline for registration is May 25, 2018; all registered companies will be surveyed simultaneously following the deadline date.

The annual awards ceremony will take place on October 9th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

Maine Contacts:

Jodie Griffith, InterMed P.A.,, 1-207-523-3721

Kate Wilber, Tyler Technologies,, 800.772.2260 ext.4284

Best Companies Group Contact: Jackie Miller 1-877-455-2159 ext. 3271