At the risk of stating the obvious, chances are your organization – like most others – is in a talent war. Whether it’s attracting workers to come to your company from across town or a different part of the country, your workplace culture is one of your primary selling points.

One of the leading measures of your efforts at being an employer of choice is the feedback you receive from the Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPTW) evaluation. It’s time to register (the deadline is November 16) for the 2019 program.

What do participants receive? Anonymous feedback from their team members on what you are doing well and where improvements can be made. Benchmark comparisons to other employers in the critical areas of leadership, communication, work environment, training/development and overall engagement.

Those reaching the threshold to be recognized among the Best Places to Work in Indiana can use that status in retention and attraction efforts. More and more companies are sharing that their top applicants are citing the BPTW list as a key part of their job search criteria.

Twenty-six of the 125 honorees in 2018 self-identified as being technology/innovation organizations with many others in consulting or related fields. Sharpen and Formstack were second-place finishers in their respective employee size categories.

The newcomers in 2018 included Brite Systems, Carbonite, ClearObject, Clinical Architecture, ESCO Communications, Greenlight Guru, Kronos, OrthoPediatrics, Perficient, Sigstr and Springbuk. Two of the Hall of Fame companies (making the list at least eight years) are Salesforce (ExactTarget in the early days) and Software Engineering Professionals.

Here are the 2018 winner lists and complete BizVoice® magazine coverage. There is room for plenty more applicants and winners. Being in business for at least one year and having a minimum of 15 Indiana employees are required for participation.

All the details are at

Bill Waltz is vice president of taxation & public finance for the Indiana Chamber. He is also an attorney and has been with the organization for nearly 15 years.