Program aims to draw attention to local companies and jobs.
A coalition of local organizations and companies has
unveiled a new contest that will list the top companies to work for in Santa
Beginning now, the program will call upon local employers to
apply for the recognition, and a panel of SCV professionals will conduct
interviews with employees of the work facility, management and eventually form
a list of finalists and winners.
Three categories have been established based on
organization/company size; 15-50 employees, 51-100 employees and 101+
employees. Two winners will be selected in each category.
The program is free for employers to apply, and the winners
will be announced in May 2009.
The idea behind such a program is to draw attention to the
many employers who call Santa Clarita home. This will provide locals a chance
to live and work in the same area.
“For the community, the benefit is that potentially we take
1000’s of people off the freeway everyday and allow them to enjoy the quality
of life that we have here in Santa Clarita,” said management consultant and
event committee chair Marc Emmer.
The program is also meant to address the predicted labor
shortage that is quickly approaching.
“With 40% of American workers eligible to retire by 2011,
those companies who are positioned as best in class employers are going to have
a competitive advantage over those who are not,” Emmer said.
Furthermore, the winners will benefit from being able to use
the distinction of “Best Company to Work for in Santa Clarita” in their
Both non-profit and for-profit companies are encouraged to
apply for the program.
The application process will proceed as follows;
- The employer fills out an online survey at www.bestinscv.com .
- They will then provide a sampling of employees to
complete the Online Employee Survey (10 minutes each).
- Applicants will also provide access to a senior executive (C
Level-not the senior H.R. executive) for a face to face interview (1 hour).
- Finally, an office and/or facilities tour will be conducted.
- A panel of experts will then judge the employers on work
life balance, opportunities for employee growth, compensation and benefits,
training and development, and company culture.
The coalition organizing this event includes the City of Santa
Clarita, College of the Canyons, SCV Chamber of
Commerce, Wildcat Technologies, Newleaf Training and Development, Optimize
Inc., The Signal, and KHTS AM-1220 Radio. Since these organizations will not
play a role in the contest judging, they are allowed to apply for the program.
For more information on the program, check out www.bestinscv.com .