Want a better job, where workers are treated well? Consider these 68 companies and nonprofits that meet high standards for employee engagement.
Best Places to Work Week:
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – Small Companies (Listed in alphabetical order)
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – Medium Companies (Listed in alphabetical order)
Thursday, March 31, 2022 – Large Companies (Listed in alphabetical order)
Friday, April 1, 2022 – Best Places to Work in-person event
Monday, April 4, 2021 – Top 3 Companies (Small, Medium, Large) for Healthiest Companies, Most Family Friendly Companies, and Special Category Winners
There’s no magic formula: Creating an excellent workplace takes years of energy, effort and conscious planning. Follow this basic roadmap and your company might get there in a few years.
This is my 14th year of reporting on the Best Places to Work in Hawai‘i and this year reminds me of one of my favorite sayings from high school history classes: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
My teenage-self loved the irony of that aphorism and I especially enjoyed saying it in the original French: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”
The saying comes back to me at a time when technology and innovation have upended almost everything, and then the pandemic upended everything again. Yet the fundamentals of human happiness and morality remain largely unchanged.
Similarly, the fundamentals of Best Places to Work have always included – and still include – employees trusting their organizations’ leadership, feeling wanted and valued, and being treated fairly.
A Best Place to Work seeks to deliver on those fundamentals. But it doesn’t stay a Best Place to Work unless it’s also willing to change: correcting flaws uncovered by the annual BPTW survey of employees and revising rules and benefits based on what employees want and need.
Only recently have we begun reporting the percentage of executives who are female in each organization and whether that organization usually offers telecommuting options to employees. And only recently have we named the Best Places to Work for Women and for LGBTQ employees. Those are valuable measures – we should have acknowledged them sooner – just as valuable as the number of vacation days and whether the company offers a 401(k) match.
15 – 49 Hawaiʻi Employees (listed in alphabetical order)
Allana Buick & Bers
Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate / Advantage Realty
Diamond Head Dental Care
Dynamic Planning & Response LLC
Express Employment Professionals of Hawaii
Hawaiʻi Energy / Leidos
Headquarters: Honolulu / Reston, VA
The Hawaii Group
Hawaii Information Service
Imua Family Services
Integrated Security Technologies Inc.
JR Doran Inc. / Ceramic Tile Plus and Exclusively Yours
Kilauea Pest Control
Lawson & Associates Inc.
Na Aliʻi Consulting & Sales LLC
National Interstate Insurance Company
Headquarters: Richfield, OH
Okahara and Associates Inc.
Pacific Administration Inc.
Headquarters: Little Rock, AR
Headquarters: Dayton, OH
Windward Synergy Center
How We Pick Them
Each year, Hawaii Business Magazine partners with the research firm Best Companies Group to administer the Best Places to Work survey. The main part of the survey is a confidential questionnaire sent to all employees at small and medium companies and a statistically representative sample at larger ones.
There are 77 questions and open-ended statements in the confidential survey, and the employee responses make up 75% of a company’s score. The rest of the score is based on 80 questions answered by the HR department about benefits, working conditions and more.
Need a value proposition? The Best Places to Work foster “engaged” employees, according to the Best Companies Group. Among other things, that means employees:
- Look forward to going to work on most days.
- Plan to stay with the organization at least two more years, which reduces turnover and ensures stability.
- Are willing to make an extra effort to help the organization succeed, which can yield a culture of excellence.
Employee engagement pays off big for employers, but it’s an ideal win-win situation for both employees and employers.
None of these Best Places to Work are utopias. There will always be employees with gripes. But don’t underestimate the power of employee engagement. After more than four decades of working in a dozen companies big, small and in-between, I know employee engagement is a mighty force and disengagement is a miserable drag.
Top 10 Key Drivers This Year
The confidential survey of employees is the main factor determining the Best Places to Work in Hawai‘i.
Best Companies Group, Hawaii Business Magazine’s partner in identifying the Best Places to Work, says these were the top 10 drivers in the latest survey determining whether a company made the cut.
- I feel I am valued in this organization.
- I have confidence in the leadership of this organization.
- I like the type of work that I do.
- Most days, I feel I have made progress at work.
- Overall, I’m satisfied with this organization’s benefits package.
- This organization helps me pursue a career path that aligns with my skills and interests.
- This organization treats me like a person, not a number.
- At this organization, employees have fun at work.
- The leaders of this organization care about their employees’ wellbeing.
- I’m satisfied with the amount of vacation (or paid time off ).
Do You Want to Be a Best Place to Work?
None of Hawaiʻi’s Best Places to Work started that way. Every organization on the list built workplaces full of engaged employees over the long haul, and many used the annual Best Places to Work survey and its feedback to understand their strengths and weaknesses and to hear what their employees really thought. The confidential survey of employees reveals good, bad and ugly details that you might not discover any other way. It’s the most useful annual survey for Hawai‘i’s businesses.
Register today for the 2023 program at BestPlacesToWorkHawaii.com. There’s no risk in participating in the program; if your company doesn’t make the Best Places list, no one will know it was registered.