Best Cities to Work in 2013: Do You Live in One?

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Quantum Workplace Reveals the Cities With the Highest Levels of Employee Engagement

Charlotte, Denver, and Sacramento have the highest level of engaged employees across America, according to a recent report from Quantum Workplace.

Every year Quantum Workplace recognizes organizations where employees are excited to go to work every day through the Best Places to Work contest. In the company’s recent publication, the 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report, they aggregated the contest data to identify cities with the highest percent of engaged employees.

The top 10 cities to work in 2013 were:

1.    Charlotte, North Carolina
2.    Denver, Colorado
3.    Sacramento, California
4.    San Antonio, Texas
5.    Washington, D.C.
6.    Austin, Texas
7.    Nashville, Tennessee
8.    Baltimore, Maryland
9.    Boston Massachusetts
10.    Miami-Dade, Florida

The report also included the bottom five engaged cities, the most improved cities, and the most declined cities. Since 2009, Denver and Charlotte were the only cities to show consistent and significant increases in engagement.

Released annually by Quantum Workplace, the report also shows year-over-year aggregate trends, industry trends, analysis on the components having the greatest impact on engagement, employees’ preferences for recognition, and the effect of engagement on retention, profits, and sales. To view the complete report, visit

Quantum Workplace evaluates the key factors affecting employee engagement, including perceptions of teamwork, manager effectiveness, trust ins senior leaders, trust in coworkers, retention, alignment with goals, feeling valued, individual contribution, job satisfaction, and benefits. The survey uses a six-point Likert scale, and employees are classified as engaged when their average score is between and five and six. All surveys were collected from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. A total of nearly 400,000 employees took the survey. In order to be considered for this data set, each city must have held a Best Places to Work contest.

About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace delivers smart tools for achieving and recognizing workplace awesomeness. When work is awesome, employees are engaged, clients are loyal, and business is good. Quantum Workplace serves more than 5,000 organizations annually through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit or email info(at)quantumworkplace(dot)com.

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