Calling all Indiana companies! The 2019 Best Places to Work in Indiana ( program is officially open and accepting applications.

In this 14th year of the program in Indiana, top companies will be determined through employer reports and comprehensive and anonymous employee surveys. Companies making the list will be honored at the annual awards dinner on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

What does it take to make the cut?

Best Companies Group oversees the program and is responsible for the selection process. Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group, was one of the guests in the first season of the Indiana Chamber’s EchoChamber podcast.

You can listen to Burke’s episode here, where he talks about the beginnings of the program and mentions some of the unexpected things that have happened on stage throughout his tenure (including someone falling off the stage).

Burke comments on how companies make it to the top of the list.

“I think it surprises people, what actually makes a Best Place to Work. … (Perks and benefits) are great, but it really does boil down to creating an environment where employees love to come to work,” Burke explains.

“The most important thing a company can do is identify their core values, live by their core values and hire people who align with their core values.”

But it must be led by the company’s leadership, he offers.

“The driver of employee engagement has to start at the very, very top and cascade down and everybody has to be on the same page and that’s what they want and that’s what they’re committed to. While it seems simple, it isn’t necessarily easy, and it can take time.”

Indiana’s program is regularly in the top two or three highest in attendance of the more than 40 events Burke attends each year.

Companies must have at least 15 Hoosier employees to be eligible for the Best Places to Work listing. Out-of-state parent companies are also eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana.

Winners are selected in four groups: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees.

The application deadline is Friday, November 16. Visit for more information and to apply.

All companies that apply will receive a thorough report analyzing strengths and opportunities for improvement in their workplace culture.

Program partners with the Indiana Chamber and BizVoice® are Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, the Best Companies Group, HR Indiana SHRM and Wellness Council of Indiana.

The Best Places to Work in Indiana dinner sponsor is Ivy Tech Community College; platinum sponsor is Moser Consulting; silver sponsors are Human Capital Concepts and Smithville. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Tim Brewer at [email protected] or call (317) 496-0704.