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Some 70 companies have been named to the ninth annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” list.

These are companies that have established and consistently foster outstanding workplace environments and have undergone a rigorous assessment process to evaluate their employee policies and procedures as well as gather responses from employees themselves.

This year, KMA is a major sponsor of the program, which is part of a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies. An awards dinner will be held in October, where each winning company in all three categories (small, medium, and large employers) will find out how it ranked.

Best Places to Work in Maine Awards Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
WHERE: Holiday Inn By The Bay, Portland

For an alphabetical listing of all companies named to the list, visit http://www.mainenewssimply.com/content/70-companies-make-best-places-work-maine-list.

Many companies use the Best Places to Work in Maine program to help them make improvements in their workplace culture, and as a benchmark to how they are doing compared to their peers. Being considered a premier employer is important because premier employers are better able to attract and retain top talent; their employees tend to be more engaged, satisfied, and productive; and consumers react more positively to companies with excellent reputations.

The Best Places to Work in Maine program is endorsed by the Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, The Maine Department of Labor, The Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine HR Convention, and Mainebiz.

To participate, employers must have at least 15 employees in the state of Maine. There is a fee to participate in the program, based on employer size, and it covers the cost of conducting a scientifically validated survey and creating an “Employee Feedback Report” that all program participants get.

Results from the survey determine whether an employer makes the “Best Places to Work in Maine” list. This is not a pay to play program. Whether a company makes the list depends solely on what their employees think.

Contact KMA so we can help you explore what it would take for you to join the ranks of the Best Places to Work in Maine by getting a handle on compliance with state and Federal HR laws and regulations, employee relations issues, hiring and retention practices, and virtually any aspect of your Human Resources and organizational development needs.

For more information on the Awards Dinner, visit www.bestplacestoworkme.com.