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The Gallup Great Workplace Award has recognized the world's most elite workplaces for over a decade.

Backed by Gallup's world-class analytics and research into high-performance workplaces, this honor is presented to organizations that have proven their ability to achieve exceptionally high levels of workplace engagement by investing in their people.

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The 2019 Gallup great workplace award

What makes a winning workplace?

Great workplaces happen when leaders place an exceptional culture at the heart of their business strategy.

They create a positive, supportive employee experience that unleashes human motivation, creativity and innovation. And they attract the best talent, coach them to high performance and retain them at significantly higher rates than their competitors.

As a result, they achieve exceptional returns: increased productivity, better customer experiences, true organic growth and higher revenue.

Each year, Gallup determines which organizations meet the award criteria and invites them to apply for the Gallup Great Workplace Award.

Nominate your best manager for the Manager of the Year award.

Extraordinary workplaces start with great managers, so we ask each organization that is applying for the Gallup Great Workplace Award to nominate one manager who consistently achieves high performance levels, high employee retention and consistent engagement scores from their team.

Important Dates

Nov. 15, 2018: Application Period Opens

Feb. 22, 2019: Application Deadline

March 22, 2019: Winners Notified

March 28, 2019: Winners Announced on Gallup.com

June 3-5, 2019: Winners Celebrated at Disrupting the Workplace Event

Criteria to Apply for the 2019 Award

Each year, Gallup determines which organizations meet the award criteria and invites them to apply for the Gallup Great Workplace Award.

Please review the 2019 criteria below that correspond with your organization. A panel of judges will review all applications and select winners.

Minimum Criteria for Organizations That Purchased the Gallup Q12 Survey From q12.gallup.com

The 2019 awards are based on Q12 administrations conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. Winners will be notified by March 22, 2019.
Criteria:
  • total of at least 50 respondents representing a census of the organization
  • overall GrandMean (GM) of 4.40+
  • ability to link engagement with business outcomes
  • local-level engagement data (if available)

Minimum Criteria for All Other Organizations

The 2019 awards are based on Q12 administrations conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. Winners will be notified by March 22, 2019.
Criteria:
  • total of at least 50 respondents representing a census of the organization
  • final Q12 response rate of 80% or higher
  • GrandMean (GM) of 4.20+
    • <20K employees: 60% of eligible business units at GM of 4.20+
    • 20K to <100K employees: 55% of eligible business units at GM of 4.20+
    • 100K+ employees: 50% of eligible business units at GM of 4.20+
  • ability to link engagement with business outcomes

Manager of the Year Criteria

In 2019, Gallup will select 10 finalists for the Manager of the Year award, and the judging panel of workplace experts will select one winner. Please nominate one manager from your organization for this prestigious award as part of your application.

Great managers engage and inspire their employees.

The best managers help their employees see a future at your company and get on board with the company mission. Consider managers whose teams are consistently in the 90th percentile or above in overall engagement, show high performance levels and attain high employee retention.

Great managers focus on achieving business outcomes.

The best managers act as a driving force for ongoing performance growth and build workplaces that are engines of productivity and profitability. Nominate managers whose teams achieve outstanding business results and generate best practices within your organization.

Great managers support each employee's development.

The best managers individualize their leadership approaches, understanding that each employee has unique goals, needs and motivations. They emphasize employee well-being, deepen employees' strengths and coach employees to greatness.

Great managers help build a culture of excellence.

The best managers align their teams with their leaders' vision for their company culture. Consider managers who clearly and consistently support your culture, inspiring high commitment and helping employees believe in and live out the organization's purpose in their daily work.

Application Details and Process

The online application will be available Nov. 15, 2018. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22, 2019.

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online application registration to share contact and consent information.
  2. Complete the following items:
    • written PDF application using 12 questions provided by Gallup (download PDF questions here)
    • PowerPoint presentation (up to 10 slides) detailing how your organization has linked engagement to business outcomes
      • Analysis can focus on trends at the organizational or workgroup level. If available, applicants can showcase individual-level analysis, as provided by Gallup.
      • Organizations that purchase the Gallup Q12 survey from q12.gallup.com should include slides detailing local-level workgroup engagement data (if available).
    • a PowerPoint presentation (up to five slides) showing engagement in action within your organization (optional)
    • an official company logo in .eps or .ai file format
  3. Submit all of the items from step two via the Gallup Secure Transfer Site. Please request access to the site when you're ready by emailing GallupGWA@gallup.com.

Download Application Checklist

The online application will be available Nov. 15, 2018. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22, 2019.

Last year's winners of the Gallup Great Workplace Award should focus their application responses on what is new or different than the previous year. Gallup retains the previous year's application and refers to it for your overall strategic goals and initiatives as needed.

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online application registration to share contact and consent information.
  2. Complete the following items:
    • written PDF application using 12 questions provided by Gallup (download PDF questions here)
    • PowerPoint presentation (up to 10 slides) detailing how your organization has linked engagement to business outcomes
      • Analysis can focus on trends at the organizational or workgroup level. If available, applicants can showcase individual-level analysis, as provided by Gallup.
      • Organizations that purchase the Gallup Q12 survey from q12.gallup.com should include slides detailing local-level workgroup engagement data (if available).
    • a PowerPoint presentation (up to five slides) showing engagement in action within your organization (optional)
    • an official company logo in .eps or .ai file format
  3. Submit all of the items from step two via the Gallup Secure Transfer Site. Please request access to the site when you're ready by emailing GallupGWA@gallup.com.

Download Application Checklist

Applicants who have won the award three or more consecutive times have the option to complete a shortened application or participate in a one-hour interview with members of the judging panel.

Last year's winners of the Gallup Great Workplace Award should focus their application responses on what is new or different than the previous year. Gallup retains the previous year's application and refers to it for your overall strategic goals and initiatives as needed.

The online application will be available Nov. 15, 2018. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22, 2019.

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online application registration to share contact and consent information.
  2. Complete the following items:
    • written PDF application using four essay questions provided by Gallup (download PDF questions here) OR a video conference with the judging panel (you can schedule a video conference by emailing GallupGWA@gallup.com)
    • a PowerPoint presentation (up to 10 slides) detailing how your organization has linked engagement to business outcomes
      • Analysis can focus on trends at the organizational or workgroup level. If available, applicants can showcase individual-level analysis, as provided by Gallup.
      • Organizations that purchase the Gallup Q12 survey from q12.gallup.com should include slides detailing local-level workgroup engagement data (if available).
    • a PowerPoint presentation (up to five slides) showing engagement in action within your organization (optional)
    • an official company logo in .eps or .ai file format
  3. Submit all of the items from step two via the Gallup Secure Transfer Site. Please request access to the site when you're ready by emailing GallupGWA@gallup.com.

Download Application Checklist

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Application Tips

Please be thorough in your responses and provide examples to support your answers.

Last year's winners of the Gallup Great Workplace Award should focus their application responses on what is new or different than the previous year. Gallup retains the previous year's application and refers to it for your overall strategic goals and initiatives as needed.

If you have questions about your application, please email GallupGWA@gallup.com.

What happens next if your company wins?

Winners of the 2019 Gallup Great Workplace Award will be notified by March 22, 2019. Winners will be honored at a celebration and invited to an awards dinner that will be part of Gallup's 2019 event called Disrupting the Workplace, scheduled for June 3-5, 2019, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Gallup will feature winning organizations and managers on Gallup.com and through podcasts. Gallup will provide a media kit and materials to support winners in publicizing their achievement.

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