Three Lincoln businesses have been named "Best Places to Work" for 2013.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln South, Hudl and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association were the top small, midsized and large businesses in the inaugural competition.

The contest was sponsored by Woods & Aitken LLP, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Lincoln Human Resources Management Association.  A special publication on the competition will be included in the Journal Star's Sunday edition. 

Nearly 100 companies were nominated for the awards, and 74 participated earlier this year in a survey designed by Omaha's Quantum Workplace.

More than 4,000 employees at the participating companies took the survey, which asked 37 questions about topics such as pay, benefits, job satisfaction and opportunities for advancement.

Greg Harris, president and CEO of Quantum Workplace, which crunched the numbers and produced the rankings, said employees at the top-ranking companies showed high levels of discretionary effort, meaning they were willing to go the extra mile; a strong intent to stay at their current company; and a tendency toward advocacy, meaning they brag about their employer.

The top five employers in each category were recognized at a luncheon Wednesday at The Cornhusker Marriott. They were:

Small business, 10-50 employees

1. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln South

2. Edward Jones Investments

3. Chateau Development LLC

4. Disability Rights Nebraska

5. Stonebrook Roofing

Medium business, 51-150 employees

1. Hudl

2. Firespring

3. Nebraska Global

4. Cornhusker Bank

5. Honda of Lincoln

Large business, 151 employees or more

1. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

2. YMCA of Lincoln

3. Assurity Life Insurance Co.

4. Duncan Aviation

5. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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