The Frederick County Best Places to Work campaign recognizes the county's most innovative, creative, and forward-thinking employers in Frederick County, Maryland.

 

The Frederick County Best Places to Work Awards campaign is a county-wide program to increase quality of life opportunities for Frederick County employees.

Each year the Best Places to Work campaign receives nominations from local businesses at the forefront of change, progress, and innovation.

Applications are accepted annually during March and April.

 

Please read all directions and information prior to submitting your nomination form. 

Categories

Winners and honorable mentions are awarded in the following primary categories:

  • Small Employer (1-10 employees)
  • Small to Medium Employer (11-29)
  • Medium to Large Employer (30-50 employees)
  • Large Employer (51-200 employees)
  • Major Employer (200+ employees)

Based on applications, the nomination committee may also give special awards to recognize companies for outstanding or unique programs. Past special awards have included “Best Entrepreneurial Opportunity,” “Most Creative Workplace Environment,” and “Unsung Hero in the Workplace.” 

Criteria & Judging

Companies are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Employee compensation and benefits
  • Business culture
  • Human resource metrics
  • Special employee engagement programs

Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with their Human Resources Manager or other leadership staff to ensure the application has all of the relevant and up-to-date requested data included in the nomination. Only one nomination form per company is needed.

Past winners are eligible to win again after three years.

Tips for a Successful Nomination

We recommend that you discuss the nomination with your Human Resources Manager and other leadership staff in your company before completing the survey.   This nomination survey has 21 questions about topics including:

  • Employee compensation and benefits
  • Business culture
  • Human resource metrics
  • Special employee engagement programs
  • Opportunities for employees to give back to the community

The review team is especially interested to hear about the unique business practices that make your company a best place to work, so please provide as much detail as possible when completing the nomination.

Entries are judged on their merit and qualifications.  Multiple nominations don't increase the likelihood of selection.

Important Note: You cannot save responses within the nomination form. All survey questions require a response and partial responses cannot be saved, so please be sure to submit your award nomination when you have enough time to complete the entire form. We recommend that you type your answers in a separate document and then copy and paste the answers into the nomination form. The program will not save your work if you leave and go back. Please note the word limits for some of the fields.

Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2017

FAQs

  1. When are nominations due? Nominations close on April 30, 2017.  
  2.  Do additional nominations increase my company’s chances of winning? No. Winners are not determined by popularity. We recommend coordinating with HR/management at your company to submit one, complete nomination form that contains all of the critical information that judge’s need to make a decision. 
  3. How can I save my responses in the nomination form? You can’t. We recommend that you type your answers in a separate document and then copy and paste the answers into the nomination form. The program will not save your work if you leave and go back in.
  4. Are there any wrong answers? No, there are no wrong answers. Please feel free to share any and all details about company benefits. You never know if adding that extra perk will break a tie during scoring.
  5. When is the Frederick County Best Places to Work awards event this year? It set for July 27, 2017 starting at 5 p.m. It is a reception with appetizers and drinks. Although the event is free, reserving a space in advance is required. Reservation details will be available closer to the event.
  6. Is this a family-friendly event? The awards program is a business event that features a reception with beer and wine and an awards ceremony.  
  7. Will I be notified if I win? Winners will not be publicly announced until the evening of the awards event. Select winners may be notified in advance so we can prepare for upcoming news stories in featured publications. However, there are surprise awards that are not announced until the ceremony. 
  8. Why should I apply? Attracting and retaining talent is important to any successful company. If your company is selected as a winner, it will gain positive publicity and recognition. It also signals to current and future employees that your company values its workforce. 
  9. We won. Now What? Past companies have leveraged their award in creative ways. Some share the news with announcements, print company tee shirts with “Frederick County Best Place to Work” on them for employees, highlight the award on their recruitment page of their website, and more. Finding creative ways to highlight your win is only limited by your imagination. 
  10. How many times can my company win the award/how many times can my company apply to win? Once a company wins, that business is not eligible again for 3 years. For example, if a company wins in 2017, it cannot apply again until 2020.