For the 18th consecutive year, Hope College has been named one of West Michigan’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.”

The winners were chosen by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) for having the most innovative business acumen and human resources practices, and represent industries as diverse as the construction, financial, healthcare, manufacturing and non-profit sectors.  As noted by the NABR in its announcement, “Considering the 10-to-one ratio of this program, these winning companies are truly innovative in their employee engagement execution.”

An independent research firm evaluates each organization’s entry, based on various categories. The categories include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Creative Wellness and Wellbeing Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment and Selection; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Work-Life Blend; Community Initiatives and Corporate Responsibility; and Leadership, Strategy and Company Performance.  With more than 25 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the NABR has identified numerous best human resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“Those companies that made the list of Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® as well as those companies that continue to make the list are truly remarkable. Given today’s need for talent, retention of talent, and the further issues related to the pandemic, these companies have proven they are superior to market conditions. They are elite thinkers and this honor demonstrates their commitment to excellence,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of NABR and The Best and Brightest Programs.

The winning organizations will be honored during an awards celebration on Tuesday, May 16, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. The event will also feature the announcement of elite winners in 13 different categories, including Best of the Best Small, Medium and Large Business.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® program identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. There are numerous programs throughout the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Charlotte, Denver, Nashville, Pacific Northwest and nationally.