People Report and Black Box Intelligence have announced 13 finalists for the 2012 Best Practices awards, which honor four restaurant companies for exceptional workplace practices and results.
The finalists are: BJ’s Restaurants, The Capital Grille, Corner Bakery Café, Eat’n Park Restaurants, La Madeleine, Le Pain Quotidien, K&N Management (a franchisee of Rudy’s BBQ), LongHorn Steakhouse, Maggiano’s Little Italy, McDonald’s, Monical’s Pizza, Red Lobster and White Castle.
“These companies represent some of the best workplaces in our industry,” said Joni Thomas Doolin, founder and chief executive of People Report.
“Many of them have been nominated or received recognition in the past, but we are delighted to acknowledge new finalists Le Pain Quotidien [and] K&N Management,” Doolin said.
The conference, to be held Nov. 6-8, will also honor Domino’s Pizza with the Catalyst Award — which goes to a People Report member that outpaces industry norms and improves performance in people practices over the prior year — and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers with the Heart of the Workplace award — which recognizes exemplary practices in community engagement and corporate responsibility.
The Best Practices awards, which represent industry segments from quick service to casual dining, will be given on Nov. 8, during the 18th annual Best Practices Conference in Dallas.
People Report said the finalists were evaluated on their retention of both managers and employees, the diversity of their workforces, compensation practices, and community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee funds and foundations, and initiatives in sustainable business practices.
Dallas-based People Report provides employment analytics for its members on a monthly basis. Its sister company, Black Box Intelligence, provides weekly restaurant industry financial and market data. Together they report on more than 33,000 restaurant units with one million employees.