For the 19th 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 acuteness and human resources practices, and represent industries as diverse as the automotive, 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 several key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. 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.

Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of NABR and The Best and Brightest Programs, highlighted that the organizations that have been selected have prioritized making a significant impact on their culture.  “With their focus on their employees as the top priority, this powerful community of the nation’s elite leaders have gained a competitive edge,” she said.

The winning organizations will be honored during an awards celebration on Thursday, May 9, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, a program of the National Association for Business Resources, is presented annually in several markets in addition to West Michigan: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New England, New York, Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Southern California and nationally.