The State of Tennessee Ranks No. 10 in 2020 Forbes Best Employers Report Nashville, TN. On Monday, August 24, 2020, Forbes' released the second annual America's Best Employers by state report, ranking the State of Tennessee No. 10 out of 75 Tennessee employers having 500 or more employees.
Only three other state governments in the Southeast were recognized, including Mississippi, Virginia, and Louisiana. The next highest-ranking state was Louisiana at No. 25. Tennessee's top 10 private sector employers rankings include 3M, Whole Foods Market, FedEx, and UnitedHealth Group.
"The State of Tennessee is committed to fostering a great workplace place because it is vital to attracting and retaining the best employees," Gov. Bill Lee said. "Great employees allow us to continue the mission of state government with a focus on raising the bar for performance and outcomes for citizens." Forbes enlisted Statista to survey 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees to determine the list. Respondents rated their employers on various criteria, including the safety of the work environment, the competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement, openness to telecommuting, and if they would recommend their employer to others. "We are working to continuously innovate and improve our employment practices to provide the best employee experience," Department of Human Resources Commissioner Juan Williams said. "To sustain continuity of operations during the pandemic, the state expanded work up to 57% of the workforce from home."
Tennessee employs innovative, best practice strategies to modernize the state workplace, including virtual engagement, performance management, diversity and equity, workforce surveys, and flex schedules.
Package shipping giant FedEx and health care and medical facility firm HCA Holdings are among the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Tennessee. Non-agricultural growth has increased Tennessee's economy, with the manufacturing, mining, logging, and construction industries experiencing strong growth.
The largest employer in Nashville, Tennessee, is Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Cardell Jr. CHildrens Hospital, employing approximately 28,000, followed by the State of TN, employing approx. 27,000 US Government employs about 14,000, HCA Healthcare 10,600 Nissan North America 10,500. The major products manufactured in the state are computers and electronic equipment, transportation equipment, foods (including beverages and tobacco), chemicals, and metal products.
Package shipping giant FedEx and health care and medical facility firm HCA Holdings are among the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Tennessee. Non-agricultural growth has increased in recent years, with the manufacturing and mining, Logging, and construction industries experiencing strong growth.
Automobile manufacturing has been one of the fastest-growing segments of Tennessee's manufacturing sector since the late 20th century.
Tourists in Tennessee flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually. Memphis boasts Elvis Presley's house, Graceland, the second-most visited residence in the country after the White House. Nashville, Chattanooga, and Gatlinburg are also popular tourist destinations.
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