This year's overall winner is Weatherby Healthcare, a 265-employee organization based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which also finished tops among midsized employers. At No. 2 is LiquidAgents Healthcare, based in Plano, Texas, with 54 employees and the top finisher among small employers below 100 on staff. The highest finishing large employer, those with more than 1,000 employees, is Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with 1,713 employees. The company came in 17th overall.
Second-place finishers in the small, midsized and large categories, respectively, include Impact Advisors (87 employees, third overall); CompHealth (671 employees, fourth overall); and Valley Medical Center, Renton, Wash. (2,523 employees, 21st overall). Third-place finishers were Hayes Management Consulting (99 employees, 10th); Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.) (475 employees, fifth); and Premier (1,363 employees, 22nd).
Others that made the top 10, all midsized employers, are ZocDoc (266 employees, seventh); the Women's Hospital in Newburgh, Ind. (415 employees, eighth); and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City, Tenn. (379 employees, ninth). The top 10 list includes five providers and five suppliers; the top 100 has 71 providers, 26 suppliers and three payers; and it contains 51 midsized companies, 31 large and 18 small, as defined by Modern Healthcare and Best Companies Group. Only 11 employers have made the Best Places to Work list all four years.
An analysis of employers' positive responses to a series of questions about what makes them Best Places to Work showed a number of significant discrepancies between all companies that participated and the 100 companies that made the list, according to Best Companies Group.
The largest differential by far came on the question of whether an employee can take paid time off for community service activities or volunteer work. Two-thirds (67%) of companies on the list said they allowed this, but less than half (47%) of the total had such a policy.
Other gaps came in the questions of whether an employer offers domestic partner benefits (48% of all companies, 54% of the top 100); compressed work weeks (61% vs. 66%) and profit-sharing programs (22% vs. 33%); and whether employers actively recruit and retain an aging workforce (79% vs. 85%).
A separate employee survey provided further insights into what differentiated top 100 employers from the full list. The broad scale categories with the biggest differences in positive responses included leadership and planning (81% average positive among the questions for all companies, 90% for those that made the list); corporate culture and communications (81% vs. 90%); training and development (74% vs. 83%); and pay and benefits (78% vs. 85%). The total average of positive responses was 83% for the full list, 90% for the top 100.