Best Places To Work

Best Places to Work is a True North program put on with Guide to Greater Gainesville and supported by Quantum Workplace to honor remarkable organizations in our region.

Get the recognition your remarkable company deserves—now more than ever.

Great entrepreneurs embrace change. So it’s no surprise that entrepreneurial organizations are redefining what it means to be a great workplace.

Not that long ago, the term “best workplace” might have called to mind an open-office design with a stocked fridge and mindfulness pods. But now that work is remote for many firms, “best workplaces” means having the best company culture, whether a team operates in a physical or a virtual facility.

True North’s Best Places to Work, awards the company cultures that thrive in the face of adversity. Cultures that, in response to a pandemic, redefine the workplace and continue to enrich it. Cultures that foster employee growth and advancement at all levels. Cultures that make their company truly worthy of being named one of the Best Places to Work.

The Best Places to Work survey measures key areas that make up an organization’s culture. These range from compensation and benefits to trust in senior leadership. The survey also measures the level of engagement exhibited by employees, known as employee engagement.

Apply today to be recognized as a place where people love to work, one that sets the standard for excellence in company culture. All applicants will receive a valuable company-overview report offering actionable insights on your company’s strength.



Why Participate? Why Not!

Participation is a no-brainer. All participants receive their engagement survey results, plus actionable ideas for improvement.

And if you win, recognition will be the icing on the cake.

Honorees in 2023 will enjoy will enjoy the following benefits:


Here’s how it works:

Want more details? Download Quantum’s Ultimate Guide to Best Places to Work here.


Important Dates!

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Are you one of the best companies to work for in Greater Gainesville?
Is your company ready to apply and get started?



Applications OPEN March 1st, 2023 and

CLOSE June 23rd 2023

Complete the form below and pay the small application fee of $399 to indicate your company’s interest in Best Places to Work. Once complete, you will then be contacted by Quantum to begin your survey process.


To be eligible for a 2023 Best Places to Work award, your company must submit an application, complete the Quantum Workplace employee survey, and meet each of the following qualifications:

  • Be independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Be based in the United States
  • Have at least 5 FT/PT employees (not including owners)
  • Have been in business at least 2 years

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Why should my company participate?

The competition presents a great opportunity to learn what your employees are really thinking and provides you with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment. If chosen as a finalist or winner you can promote the Best Places to Work award to prospective employees, use the Best Places to Work logo on your websites and recruiting materials, and use the award in your public relations programs.

Is there a cost to participate?

A small registration fee of $399 will be collected on our website when you complete the nomination. All participating companies will receive an Overview Report, which shows how your organization scored in several categories.

Quantum Workplace offers the following features for an additional cost.

  1. If your employees do not have access to a computer, paper surveys are available for a nominal fee ($2 per submitted paper survey).
  2. Participants may purchase a package of their survey results. Prices for packages are based on the size of the company.

How are the Best Places to Work winners determined?

All Best Places to Work winners are determined exclusively on the basis of their employees’ responses to the Best Places to Work Survey. Employee responses from the 30 standard survey questions, along with the number of employees that respond to the survey, are calculated to determine the company’s overall score and ranking.

Can my company customize the employee survey?

Yes, you may add questions or demographics to the survey to enhance your survey results. Fees for customized surveys vary. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information about custom surveys. Customizations do not affect the way your results are scored for the purpose of the competition. Custom questions and non-market employees are excluded from the calculations.

How is the survey distributed to my employees?

The contact person at your company will facilitate the survey invitations for your employees. There are several options available for distribution.

  • Email employees the unique survey link by uploading employee email addresses into the Quantum Workplace portal.
  • Employees without an email address can be invited by hand delivering them a unique survey link.
  • Paper surveys are available to employees without access to a computer. Please note, there is a nominal fee to process paper surveys and the paper survey deadline precedes the online survey deadline.

What if my employees do not have access to a computer?

Paper surveys are available at a cost of $2 per submitted survey. A company may use a combination of paper and online surveys for their employees. Data entry of paper surveys must be conducted by Quantum Workplace.

Is the survey confidential?

The Quantum Workplace employee survey is strictly confidential. Companies will have access to survey results at the aggregate level to help you understand and build engagement.

Do all of the employees at my company need to complete the survey?

All eligible employees must be invited to take the survey. To reach a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent, you will need to achieve employee participation based on the following percentages per size of organization for your company to be considered an honoree:

  • 50 employees or fewer = 85%
  • 51 – 150 = 70%
  • 151 – 500 = 50%
  • 501 – 1,000 = 30%
  • 1,001 – 3,000 = 15%
  • 3,001 – 5,000 = 8%
  • More than 5,000 = 5%

Which employees are eligible to take the survey?

All permanent employees (full and part-time) who are located within the contest are eligible to complete the survey. These employees are the most likely to be impacted by your corporate culture – and are therefore usually the best judge of employee engagement. Do not include the following types of workers: seasonal, per diem, independent contractors, consultants (including 1099 Real Estate Agents), temps, partners, or owners.

Should Union employees be included?

Yes, Union employees must be included in your employee count and invited to take the survey.

My company has offices in multiple cities and states, how many employees should I enter at the registration page?

Only employees working within the Greater Gainesville region in Alachua County of Florida are eligible to participate in the survey and only those employees should be included in your employee count. If you would like to include all employees working outside of the stated area, contact Quantum at [email protected] to discuss customization options and pricing.

Should Partners/Owners be allowed to take the survey?

No, Partners and Owners with more than 5 percent ownership in the company should not be invited to complete the survey.

Most of my employees work part-time. Can I include my part-time employees?

Part-time employees should be included in your employee count.

Will my company receive the survey results?

Yes. All participating companies will receive an Overview Report, which shows how your organization scored in several categories. You will also have the opportunity to purchase in-depth survey results.

When can I access my company’s survey results?

If your company is not a finalist, you may access results when you receive your status notification (by 09/01/2023). If your company is a finalist, you will receive access to results after the event.

When will the list of winners be announced/published?

The Best Places to Work in Greater Gainesville winners will be announced via social media and on our website. They will also be published in the digital Guide Monthly Magazine (December Issue) and the 2024 print edition of Guide to Greater Gainesville. For questions regarding the publication please contact Scott Costello at [email protected]

How will I know if my company made the list? When will I be contacted?

All participants that have reached their participation goal will be contacted regarding their status as a finalist or non-finalist by 09/01/2023.

What if my company does not make the Best Places to Work list?

You will still receive access to your Overview report, and you will have the opportunity to purchase reports to help improve employee engagement. Your company name will not be placed on any list and will not be printed in the special publication. There is NO RISK to participation.

Questions about the survey or contest?

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          Scott Costello                  Christy Robinson- Costello

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