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September 5. 2017

Inside the 2017 NorthCoast 99 Winner Demographics

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September 5. 2017

 

Inside the 2017 NorthCoast 99 Winner Demographics

The annual NorthCoast 99 Winner’s Report is a comprehensive summary of best practices, benchmark data, stories, examples, and case studies based on the responses of the NorthCoast 99 Winners. Here are some of the notable statistics regarding the special category benchmarks: More...

November 2. 2015

Winner Spotlight Series: Akron Children's Hospital

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November 2. 2015

Akron Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the United States. Its staff handles nearly 850,000 patient visits a year at two hospital campuses and a large network of locations offering primary and specialty care. Since its founding by a group of volunteers 125 years ago, Akron Children’s has been committed to delivering family-centered, pediatric care and to upholding  its three founding promises:  1) Treat others as we would like to be treated; 2) Treat every child as we would our own; and 3) Turn no child away for any reason.

That is exactly what one employee, Karen Ingram, patient service representative (PSR), has done. Three years ago, Ingram began collecting clothing for patients of Children’s Locust Pediatric Care Group. She stored her supplies in a closet in the medical office and opened it to families who needed extra support. More...

September 2. 2015

NorthCoast 99…Something to Celebrate!

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September 2. 2015

NorthCoast 99 2015

ERC’s NorthCoast 99 program annually honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. Carrie Morse, Director of Partnerships at ERC, has been overseeing NorthCoast 99’s exclusive awards event for the last 13 of its 17 years.

“NorthCoast 99 is really about the application and the data that we are able to collect and share through the program. Organizations that apply for the award share a great deal about what they’re doing to attract and retain the best of the best, including their practices, their policies, and success stories,” says Morse.

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September 1. 2015

The 2015 NorthCoast 99 Winners Revealed!

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September 1. 2015

We are excited to share the 2015 winners of the 17th annual NorthCoast 99 Awards! These organizations, recognized as great places to work in Northeast Ohio, have demonstrated excellence in attracting, motivating and retaining top performers through an application process completed earlier this spring. The 2015 NorthCoast 99 winners represent 10 counties in Northeast Ohio and are from more than 14 different industries. 

Of the 99 organizations winning the award, four are being honored as a Legacy Winner, having won the award 10 times. They include Cleveland Clinic, Jennings Center for Older Adults, Pomerene Hospital, and Skoda Minotti. Workplace & Community Impact Awards are being presented to Akron Children’s Hospital, The Cleveland Foundation, The Garland Company Inc., and Human Arc.More...

April 22. 2015

NorthCoast 99: What Were the Top Performers Doing in 2014?

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April 22. 2015

The deadline for the 2015 NorthCoast 99 Application is fast approaching. Every year, the top 99 workplaces in Northeast Ohio are honored for their ability to attract, retain, and motivate top talent at their organization.  Those winners come together to celebrate their victory at an annual awards banquet (check out the video below!).

Well before these organizations can celebrate their victories, they must complete a comprehensive application process that includes surveying a select group of their top performing Northeast Ohio employees about their current levels of engagement and what is most important to them in a job.  This survey is critical in identifying key attributes that an organization needs in order to increase the probability they can attract and retain great people and it’s the foundation of the evaluation process for the award.

Let’s take a look at who the top performers were and what was most important to them in 2014:  

Who they were

40-54 year olds made up the largest demographic group of top performers at 39%, followed by 55 year-olds at 14%.  About 17% of top performers were 29 and under, and only about 3% fell in the demographic of 30-39 years-old.

Women also made up the majority of top performers (57%), and 42% of all top performers held at least a Bachelor’s degree. About 24% held an Associate’s degree and 23% a graduate degree. Employees with a GED made up 11% of the top performer population.

An overwhelming majority (96%) of top performers were full-time employees, and most had been working for their employers between 0 and 10 years; however, 11% had been at a company for more than 20 years.

What they wanted

When presented with a list of workplace attributes, 21% of top performers selected challenging/meaningful work as the most important.This was followed by compensation at 15.9%. The following rounded out the top 10 responses:

  • Job security at 12%
  • Work/life balance at 11.3%
  • Advancement at 6.4%
  • Career Development at 6.3%
  • Autonomy at 5.7%
  • Leadership at 5.2%
  • Benefits at 5.2%
  • Product/service quality at 2.8%

Why they stayed

Top performers were asked, “What aspects of this workplace or your job influence your decision to remain at this organization?” There were three distinct reasons why top performers, across all organizations, chose to stay at their current organization.

Culture

Overall, the top performers at NorthCoast 99 award winning organizations shared that they found themselves comfortable and felt they were surrounded by great people. They felt their teams were well-balanced, highly skilled, and willing to support each other above and beyond the typical work expectations.

Interestingly, the top performers at non-winning organizations tended to focus more on compensation and job stability (versus culture). However, across the board for winners and non-winners, good relationships between top performers and management was highly valued. Also, being a fast-growing organization was important as well.

Flexibility

When it came to flexibility, many top performers appreciated when managers and organizations were supportive of a healthy work/life balance. Many expressed their interest in being able to do things at the office and at home, such as:

  • Being able to leave early to take their kids to an appointment
  • Offering opportunities to work from home
  • Liberal paid time-off policies 

Training

Top performers were very happy with the support they received in growing their skills and advancing their careers. It was noted that they appreciated the different training and career development efforts that were offered.

Have a Great Place for Great Talent?  Apply for the 2015 NorthCoast 99 Award!

Do you think your organization has what it takes to be one of the top 99 workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio? Complete the application at http://www.northcoast99.org/apply.aspx – but hurry! The deadline to enter your application is April 30th.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact us at nc99@yourerc.com or call 440-684-9700.

March 27. 2015

Winner Spotlight Series: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

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March 27. 2015

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: Giving Food a Purpose in the Community 

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been serving its community for the last 32 years. Its mission is simple but powerful, "Feed People, Fight Hunger."

When you walk into the Akron-Canton Foodbank, you can't help but feel overcome with happiness as the volunteers are cheerfully packing lunches for after-school programs, and employees are greeting you with a smile. These are just some of the reasons the Foodbank is a NorthCoast 99 winner and a great representation of what it means to be a great workplace in Northeast Ohio.More...

September 18. 2014

2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards Recap

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September 18. 2014

The 2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards was a huge success with nearly 900 Northeast Ohio professionals celebrating the region's best workplaces for top talent! The awards featured a special keynote presentation from Drew Dudley, internationally-renowned leadership expert and speaker.

Event Photos

Drew Dudley

For more photos from the event and previous event, visit nc99event.com, the exclusive NorthCoast 99 media site!

Legacy Award Interviews

This year seven organizations won a NorthCoast 99 Legacy Award, given to organizations that have won for 10 years. We caught up with several company leaders to hear about their experience with NorthCoast 99.

Winners Report

This FREE benchmark report summarizes best practices and innovative trends in the workplace among the 2014 NorthCoast 99 winners in recruiting, selection and on-boarding; compensation, rewards, and appreciation; training, development, and performance management; work/life and wellness; leadership, empowerment, and involvement; and community impact.

Download the 2014 NorthCoast 99 Winners Report

September 3. 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 NorthCoast 99 Winners!

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September 3. 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 NorthCoast 99 Winners!

These organizations excel at creating workplaces that attract and retain top performers in Northeast Ohio. They have established many outstanding, creative, and innovative workplace practices to find and keep great people. They are truly leaders in driving and implementing creative and positive workplace change in our region. More...

February 5. 2013

The 2013 NorthCoast 99 Application: What's New in 2013?

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February 5. 2013

We're now accepting applications for the 2013 NorthCoast 99 Award through April 19th! This year, our online application contains several new and improved features to save you time and make completing the application much easier!

Editing Past Responses

If you participated in 2012, the NorthCoast 99 application will now pre-populate your responses from last year! All you need to do is approve each of those responses, edit, and/or delete them. It's also easier than ever to paste from Word or Excel and format your answers inside of the application!

New Saving Features

The new application has saving features which automatically save your progress every 5 minutes as you are working on the application in case you forget to click "save progress." In addition, your company's application responses will be saved from year to year, beginning with responses submitted in 2012, saving you hours of time!

Downloading and Printing the Application

You can now download and print your application and responses at any time. Printouts have been enhanced as well, making reviewing your application much easier.

User Management

Each organization that applies for the NorthCoast 99 award will have one designated main contact. This individual will be responsible for submitting the application as well as inviting and managing users. The main contact may invite and remove users and assign them to edit or complete certain sections within the application.

Main Contact Changes

If your organization wants to change its main contact, it may change this individual within the application system.

Question Options

You have the option to view one question at a time ("Question View") or a list of all of the questions within the section ("List View"). Within these views, there are also several new features that allow you to easily track your progress in completing the application, including a progress bar.

Question Tips

This year, we've added helpful tips and additional information to help you respond to the questions in the application. These tips are included right next to each question within the application. Just hover over the icon at the end of the question.

Uploading Capabilities

The new application allows you to upload all of the policies required for the application process directly into the system versus emailing or mailing them to ERC.

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Questions? Contact nc99@yourERC.com or 440/684-9700. Get started on your organization's application today at: http://application.northcoast99.org.

IMPORTANT: If your organization applied for the NorthCoast 99 Award in 2012, your organization already has an account set up in our application system as well as a main contact for the NorthCoast99 program, so you do not need to create a new account. You need only create an account if your organization did not register to apply for the NorthCoast 99 Award in 2012. If you are not sure if your organization already has an account, be sure to contact us at nc99@yourERC.com or 440/684-9700 before you register!

 

August 30. 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 NorthCoast 99 Winners!

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August 30. 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 NorthCoast 99 Winners!

These organizations excel at creating workplaces that attract and retain top performers in Northeast Ohio. They have established many outstanding, creative, and innovative workplace practices to find and keep great people. They are truly leaders in driving and implementing creative and positive workplace change in our region.

Here are a few brief highlights about our winners:

  • Winners span over 20 industries and include many manufacturers, health and human service organizations, technology companies, and professional services firms.
  • Over half of winners employ fewer than 200 employees in Northeast Ohio. Many winners are small and mid-sized businesses in our region!
  • 13 of the winners are new. More and more new organizations are applying and winning the NorthCoast 99 award for the first time.
  • Winners hired a total of 16,910 employees in Northeast Ohio and boasted an average hiring growth of nearly 25%. Clearly, winners are positively impacting the regional economy! 

Throughout this website, you'll find more information about these winners including profiles and fun facts about each winner, links to their websites, statistics and highlights from our reports, white papers, and case studies. All of this information is intended to help you learn more about the winners and create a great workplace at your own organization. We hope you find it useful!

We'll also be publishing lots of additional articles and information throughout the year about the winners. Be sure to check back to our website for more information, ideas, and inspiration.

View a list of the 2012 NorthCoast 99 Winners

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