Workplaces in Jacksonville have changed a lot since the pandemic began, along with the rest of the world.
It’s been more than two years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of people are still telecommuting to work from a desk at home or a laptop at the kitchen table. That’s when Florida’s unemployment rate held steady at 3% in May. Jacksonville’s unemployment rate remained at 2.3% in May, down 1.7 percentage points from the region’s 2021 unemployment figures.
Changing work and home life routines hasn’t been easy.
Currently, just under two-thirds of adults report living in a household where someone has been to an actual workplace in the previous week, according to census surveys. During this time, Florida employers have learned to overcome all kinds of challenges in order to stay afloat. Some have managed to excel and rise above the rest, especially by adapting to make their employees feel connected, heard and valued.
The Florida Times-Union is inviting nominations for its first year of participation in the Jacksonville Top Workplaces awards program.
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How is your employer? If you feel good, nominate the company at jacksonville.com/nominate or by phone at 904-309-9918.
Top Workplaces gives organizations the opportunity to receive free, unfiltered feedback from their employees. Organizations can see how they stack up internally, as well as against companies of a similar size.
Any Metro Jacksonville workplace with 35 or more employees can participate, whether private, public, nonprofit or government.
The deadline for nominations is August 12. Nominees will be evaluated by their employees through a short 24-question survey, conducted by Energage, a Philadelphia-based cultural technology company specializing in research on employee engagement and workplace improvement.
Companies will be surveyed from July to October. The results will be published in February 2023.
Energage (the project’s research partner) surveys Top Workplaces for media in 61 markets – including The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Tampa Bay Times – and has reached more than 2 million workers at approximately 8,000 companies and organizations Last year.
Marcia Pledger is an opinion and engagement writer for the Florida Times-Union. She can be reached at [email protected]