Coolest Company for Young Professionals Award

We are looking for a company in New Hampshire that creates an environment to attract and retain young people (specifically ages 40 and under). We want to hear about best practices related to mentoring and internship programs, job training opportunities, professional advancement, flexible work places and hours, benefits, and overall workplace culture. The “Coolest Company for Young Professionals” is open to any company (for profit and nonprofit) with operations and employees in New Hampshire.

A panel of judges comprised of young professionals from across the state will select three finalists and the winner will then be selected as the “People’s Choice” winner through online public voting before and during the event.

Please note: Past winners of this award are not eligible to win this award again.

Notice: New this year, there will only be one award recipient that will be chosen by “the people” through online voting.

2020 Nominations are open through Friday, July 10, 2020!

If you’d prefer to print out a copy of the nomination form to prepare your answers prior to submitting, please find a copy of  the questions here.

Coolest Company for Young Professionals Award

  • Tell us what distinguishes your company from others in your industry or in the state.
  • Describe your company's recruitment strategy. How do you find employees? Do you recruit from high schools or colleges? How does your company cultivate the workforce of the next generation? Have you implemented creative means to help talent “stay, work, and play” in (or to come to) New Hampshire?
  • Describe your company’s (young) employee retention strategy. How do you demonstrate your commitment to developing your young professional employees in the workplace? What types of opportunities do you offer to cultivate a leadership pipeline of young talent within your company? Do you offer opportunities for professional development outside of the workplace (community engagement, volunteering, networking, etc.)?
  • Describe the culture your company has created for young professionals. Please address: The role your employees play in the company's decision-making process; Methods used to motivate, reward, and recognize employees; Methods used to challenge and empower employees; Opportunities for employees to perform community service; How your company helps employees balance family/personal life with work life; How your company creates a fun or creative atmosphere.
  • What is your employee development philosophy? How does your organization ensure your employees have the necessary skills they need for the company to effectively compete? Please describe employee opportunities for on-the-job training, mentoring, developmental training, and access to professional association memberships. How often is performance feedback provided and through what mechanisms? Does your company provide financial support, time off, or other accommodations that allow employees to return to school? Please describe. Specify tuition amounts the company offers, requirements for tuition eligibility, and whether courses need to be related to their field of work in order for employees to be reimbursed.
  • Please check all of the benefits that your company offers to young professionals in your workforce.
  • Please explain the benefits you offer that are not listed above.
  • Please describe details of the benefits listed above
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  • Please ask two employees, age 40 or under, to respond to the following: Describe your experience working for this company. What do you like about your job? How are you treated? Do you feel you have room to grow in your career here? What could your employer do to improve your workplace? What has been your favorite moment during your time there?
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