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2016 Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge revealed

The top-ranked firms on this year’s list of the Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge were unveiled this morning at an awards ceremony to kick off the Louisiana Business Symposium at the Crowne Plaza.

Companies vying for the distinction are divided into two categories, one for small and medium-sized companies with between 15 and 249 employees, and another for large companies with 250 or more employees. Sigma Consulting Group was announced as this year’s No. 1 small and medium-sized company, while GeoEngineers took top ranking among large companies.

To compile this year’s list, Business Report once again partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management to discover what makes a great workplace in our community, as well as provide participating employers insight into what their employees think.

Independent national firm Best Companies Group surveyed companies that chose to participate. For-profit companies and nonprofits, as well as publicly and privately held companies were all eligible to participate, so long as they have a facility in Baton Rouge and a minimum of 15 full- or part-time employees working in the nine-parish Capital Region. Contract employees are not included in employee counts or surveys.

Read the full profiles of Sigma Consulting Group and GeoEngineers, and see the full rankings for small and medium-sized companies, and large companies.

Dr. Bob Nelson, president of Nelson Motivation and New York Times best-selling author, delivered the keynote address at this morning’s Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast. Nelson, whose books include The Management Bible and Recognizing & Engaging Employees for Dummies, told the roughly 600 people in attendance that employee engagement is directly linked to recognition.

And while you might assume that a monetary bonus is usually the best way to reward employees who go above and beyond, Nelson said that’s not always the case.

“For many employees, it’s time off or the ability to work from home,” he said.

Nelson also cautioned those in attendance not to cling to employee recognition programs that merely reward workers for sticking around.

“I’ve never seen an employee stay at their company just to get a 10-year anniversary pin,” he said, adding that employee of the month programs can also be ineffective if everyone on staff eventually gets the award. “You’ve got to link rewards to performance.”

The Louisiana Business Symposium continues this afternoon with the Top 100 Luncheon, during which economist Loren Scott will unveil his annual economic forecast for Louisiana and the Capital Region. Read Daily Report PM for full coverage.

—Steve Sanoski

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