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Our state’s economic performance is sustained by not only by a qualified, motivated and productive workforce, but also employers who sustain and support their employees in their workplace.

The Best Places to Work in Oklahoma program was initiated to recognize those companies which help build our economy by being the state’s outstanding employers. Through this competition and recognition program, okcBiz and its partners strive to promote and encourage quality workplaces, and provide models and benchmarks for all Oklahoma companies to seek excellence in the workplace.

To participate, Oklahoma employers apply to Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., which administers the program. In a two-part survey, employers complete a benefits and policies questionnaire, and their employees complete a 72-question survey.

Companies compete in one of two categories: small and medium companies with fewer than 250 employees, and large companies with 250 or more employees. National companies must have at least 25 employees in Oklahoma.

The collected information is analyzed and scored by BCG, which develops the list of Best Places to Work in Oklahoma. okcBIZ and its program partners are not involved in the selection process.

Each company gets a copy of its results, which are organized in eight core focus areas: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationships with supervisors, training and development, pay and benefits, and overall engagement.

Companies also are able to compare their results with an aggregate profile of all the state winners.

This year, 18 small and medium companies, and 12 large companies, were selected from a field of candidates. They not only had to excel through competitive scoring, but also meeting or exceeding the threshold standards required to be a 2012 Best Place to Work in Oklahoma.

Prior winners must reapply each year and participate in a competitive field. Only three of this year’s winners were selected for each of the last seven years, while two were selected for five or six of the previous seven years. Eight of this year’s companies were selected for the first time.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City are each home to a third of this year’s winners. Seven companies from the remainder of Oklahoma and three out-of-state companies, which have qualifying numbers of employees in the state, complete the 30 companies selected for 2012.

The results of the competition and profiles of the winners are published in this issue of okcBIZ, and were unveiled at a gala recognition dinner on June 28. Following the dinner, the rankings of the companies within the two categories were announced, and awards were presented.

Please join okcBIZ and its partners in saluting the workplace excellence of our 2012 honorees. To participate in the 2013 competition of Best Places to Work in Oklahoma, please visit bestplacestoworkok.com.

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