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Christine Morganti
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State Bar Wins Best Places To Work Distinction…Again

Albuquerque, N.M.— For the second year in a row, the State Bar of New Mexico was named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s Best Places to Work in the medium-sized company category. Staff and members of the Board of Bar Commissioners were on hand at a high energy awards breakfast Dec. 2 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque to accept the award. The State Bar placed eighth in a field of ten finalists.

The program seeks to identify and recognize the best employers in New Mexico based on employee responses to 37 statements that employees could agree or disagree with. In order for a company to become eligible to be a top ten finalist, a certain percentage of the work force had to complete the questionnaire. Each company was given a numerical score based on the results and finalists were ranked accordingly. Companies with at least 10 employees in New Mexico were eligible to nominate themselves and more than 90 companies responded this year. They were grouped by the size of their work force: small companies (10 to 12 employees), medium companies (26 to 150 employees) and large companies (151 or more employees). A top ten list was produced in each category.

“Considering we just missed the small category size and competed with a lot of for-profit companies much bigger than we, this is super,” said Executive Director Joe Conte. “Thank you to everyone who made this honor possible. You are a terrific group of people.”

An off shoot of the program is what can be learned from successful companies who have created an environment wherein staff are enthusiastic, committed and happy in the workplace. The list of benefits and perks for employees is long: 100 percent company-paid health insurance, 401(k) plans, take-home vehicles, ample vacation and sick time, half-day Fridays, sports tickets, team-building events, fitness programs, continuing education. . . and the list goes on. To read more about the program and this year’s award winners, pick up the Dec. 2 issue of the New Mexico Business Weekly or visit them online at http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.