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Engaged employees are key to becoming one of Baton Rouge’s Best Places To Work

Want to become one of the best workplaces in Baton Rouge? Then make sure your workers feel valued—it’s the top driver of employee engagement, Best Companies Group President Peter Burke said during his keynote address at Business Report’s Best Places to Work Breakfast, an annual event honoring dozens of companies in the Capital Region.

Employee engagement means employees look forward to going to work every day, are willing to go the extra mile for their employer and find purpose and meaning in their job, Burke said.

So how do you foster those kinds of employees? Burke said listening to them and genuinely caring about their opinions is vital.

“The worst thing you can do is launch a survey and do nothing with the information,” he said, adding that regularly soliciting feedback is important.

Engaged employees also have confidence in the leadership of their organization, they like their work and feel as if they’re treated like a person rather than a number.

Why bother with engagement? You get more bank for your buck, Burke said.

Burke, who launched his organization in 2004, has formed over 40 Best Places to Work programs throughout the United States and internationally. Partnering with Business Report and the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management, Best Companies Group entered the Baton Rouge market five years ago, determining the selection and ranking for the magazine’s Best Places to Work rankings. This year’s winners are featured in the issue of Business Report that hits newsstands today.

Also this morning, Burke shared best practices from the top places to work throughout the country, as well as survey results from the winners of Baton Rouge’s 2018 Best Places to Work. On a positive note, 94% of Baton Rouge’s list-making employees report feeling engaged compared to just 41% nationally.

Some other national best practices from companies include offering paternity leave (48%), free daily snacks (82%) and flex hours (78%).

Today’s breakfast is a part of the Louisiana Business Symposium, which continues this afternoon with the Top 100 Luncheon featuring economist Loren Scott, who will deliver the keynote address about economic trends. The luncheon honors the Top 100 Private Companies in the Capital Region.

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