Right at Home Twin Cities and South Suburbs, serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., metro area, ranked No. 2 in the Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces, among midsized employers. In addition, Paul Blom, co-owner of the Right at Home office, won the top leadership award for midsized companies for the second consecutive year. Rankings were based solely on employee opinions.

Earlier this year, the Star Tribune enlisted the help of the Pennsylvania-based research firm WorkplaceDynamics to conduct a comprehensive survey of thousands of Minnesota employees to find out which organizations provide them a great place to work. WorkplaceDynamics started by contacting 1,241 employers in Minnesota and asked whether they would like to participate in the survey process. To qualify, companies must have at least 50 employees and agree to allow employees to take a confidential survey. In all, 278 companies participated and 60,538 employees were surveyed, completing either paper surveys or an online application.

The survey included general statements about the working environment. Employees responded to whether they agreed or disagreed with the statements, which covered topics such as training, management, advancement opportunities, morale, ethics and benefits.

Three sizes of companies were surveyed: small (fewer than 150 employees), midsize (150 to 499 employees) and large (500 or more employees). WorkplaceDynamics ranked the employers within their size band based completely on the employee responses. The top employers in each size band were selected as the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota for 2011. There was no charge to companies or employees, nor was any compensation paid to them.

Being recognized as one of the Top 100 Workplaces for the second consecutive year is testament to what Right at Home employees have known: The in-home care provider is a perfect fit for compassionate people looking for a fulfilling career.

“I am very passionate about helping others and appreciate having a career that allows me to do that,” Blom said. “It’s gratifying to know that my employees feel as I do and are generally pleased with their work environment, which ultimately influences the quality of care provided to the client. If my employees are happy, the client will be happy. The client’s satisfaction is my goal, and I am grateful to have employees who help me achieve it.”