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Do you love where you work? We’ve extended the deadline to tell us about it.

For the fifth straight year, The Washington Post is on the hunt for the top places to work in greater Washington, and we need your help.

We are looking for people to nominate worthy workplaces so we can survey their employees to determine which employers should be recognized in our 2018 Top Workplaces special report in June.

To do this, we are teaming with Energage, a survey firm formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics, that has partnered with more than 45 major metropolitan newspapers to canvas 2.8 million employees at nearly 7,000 organizations nationwide.

We hope to recognize workplaces of all types: private, public, nonprofit and even government agencies. Eligible organizations must have at least 50 employees in the greater Washington area.

Energage will reach out to the workplaces and ask to survey their employees. The survey is relatively straightforward — employees will be asked to respond to 24 statements.

Those employers that score highest — and meet national benchmarks — will make The Washington Post’s list of top places to work, the largest and most comprehensive in the region. In 2017, 150 companies and organizations made the cut.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest,” said Doug Claffey, chief executive of Energage. “People often mistakenly assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits. To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet high standards for organizational health.”

Anyone can nominate a company. It could be the place you work, or one you know about. We’ve extended the deadline to participate to Jan. 19. You can nominate your workplace here or by calling 202-417-3866.

“Having a good workplace is essential for hiring, retaining and motivating talent,” Claffey said.