Franchising@WORK Awards

Recognizing the Best Franchise Company Cultures


The Franchising@ WORK Awards

From labor shortages to return-to-office dilemmas to burnout and the demand for greater flexibility, differentiating your company as a great place to work has never been more important.

The “workplace” has been completely redefined and reimagined over the last few years, and the franchise companies that embrace change, prioritize employee well-being, and foster a positive culture deserve to be acknowledged.

The Franchising@WORK Awards recognize the best franchise companies to work for based on responses from the people who know the company best: their employees.

All franchise employers—franchisors, franchisees, and franchise suppliers—are invited to participate and let their employees share what makes their company a great place to work.

Celebrate your company culture. Enter the Franchising@WORK Awards and get the recognition you deserve!

DEADLINE: May 31, 2024

See the 2023 winners.

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If you’ve created an outstanding workplace  culture in the franchise sector, make sure you – and your employees – get the recognition you deserve.

  • Open to U.S. and Canadian-based franchises, franchisees, and suppliers servicing the franchise sector 
  • Gross annual revenues of $1M+
  • Have at least 10 full-time employees

To be eligible for the awards, your employees must participate in Franchise Business Review’s confidential employee engagement survey. 


The Franchising@WORK awards are open to all U.S. and Canadian-based franchise companies that have at least 10 full-time employees and gross annual revenue of $1M+. The fee to enter is $695. The top companies in these categories will be recognized:

Congratulations to Our 2023 Winners!
Large Class – 100+ employees

  1. Jason’s Deli – GOLD
  2. Kona Ice – SILVER
  3. Realty ONE Group – BRONZE
Medium Class – 25 to 99 employees

  1. School of Rock – GOLD
  2. Safari Kid – SILVER
  3. Wetzel’s Pretzels – BRONZE
Small Class – Under 25 employees

  1. Oasis Senior Advisors – GOLD
  2. Mobility Plus – SILVER
  3. JPAR – Real Estate – BRONZE

  1. Curious Jane Marketing – GOLD
  2. serviceminder – SILVER
  3. Franchise Marketing Systems – BRONZE

  1. Jason’s Deli, Columbia, MD – GOLD
  2. Mathnasium of San Diego, Dallas, and Phoenix – SILVER
  3. Poolwerx of Greenville, SC – BRONZE

2023 Finalists

Bloomin’ Blinds | British Swim School | Buzz Franchise Brands | Clean Franchise Brands | DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen | Epcon Communities | FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers | Jason’s Deli | JPAR – Real Estate | Kona Ice | Launch Trampoline Park | Lightbridge Academy | LIME Painting | Mobility Plus | NEXTAFF | Oasis Senior Advisors | Painting with a Twist | Payroll Vault | Realty ONE Group | Right at Home | Safari Kid | School of Rock | Supporting Strategies | TransBlue | Weichert Real Estate | Wetzel’s Pretzels | Wireless Zone | 919 Marketing | All Points Public Relations | Big Sky Franchise | Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP | Curious Jane | Franchise Marketing Systems | International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) | serviceminder

2021 Finalists

30 Minute Hit | DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen | East Coast Wings + Grill | FRSTeam  | Green Home Solutions | Home Helpers Home Care | Jason’s Deli | Junk King | Nathan’s Famous | The Scout Guide | Wild Birds Unlimited


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Franchise Business Review released the results of the most recent Franchising@WORK Employee Engagement Study in June. Read the full report to learn the detailed findings of the study, including: 

  • The state of employee well-being
  • Top workforce trends impacting hiring and recruitment
  • Which benefits employees crave most
  • How employees rate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Navigating a hybrid work environment



Franchise Business Review conducts surveys of corporate franchise employees, franchise owners’ employees, and franchise suppliers employees across North America each year to determine their levels of engagement and satisfaction.

In addition we conduct industry-wide benchmarking research via our annual Franchising@WORK survey and provide aggregate data to help franchise companies understand how their culture, compensation and engagement compare to others.

Franchise companies that participate in our employee engagement surveys or franchising@WORK research are eligible for the franchising@WORK Awards – the first and only awards to recognize companies within the franchise sector that have created an engaging and productive workplace culture and whose employees are invested in the performance and success of the company. Only the companies that are rated highest in the industry by the employees themselves are honored with a Franchising@WORK award.

Infographic portraying franchising@work engagement benchmark data
Infographic portraying franchising@work engagement benchmark data


What are the Franchising@WORK Awards?2020-11-16T19:45:10+00:00

Franchising@WORK is the only awards program dedicated solely to recognizing companies serving the franchise sector for creating outstanding workplaces for their employees.

Who should apply?2021-01-07T16:50:13+00:00

Any company operating in the franchise space – franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers – that is proud of the workplace and culture they have created, challenges their employees to continually improve their performance in a fun and engaging environment, and supports their employees’ career growth and advancement, as well as franchise companies that want to attract, hire, and retain the best employees. 

Who is eligible for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-03-22T12:40:47+00:00

The awards are open to all U.S. and Canadian-based franchises, franchisees, and suppliers servicing the franchise sector that have at least 10 full-time employees and gross annual revenue of $1M+.

Why should my company apply for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-03-22T12:39:30+00:00

There are so many perks to winning! Here are just a few of the biggies:

  • Broad exposure and recognition. This is an opportunity to show the world you’re an employer of choice.
  • Actionable insights. You’ll receive your benchmarks score so you can see how your employee engagement compares to other franchise brands. Plus, if you opt in to receive the full results of your survey, you’ll get access to the detailed results and a full review with the FBR team to identify areas of risk and opportunity.
  • Higher employee engagement and retention. Employees will appreciate that you are asking for their input and you’ll be able to use the feedback to help you retain the best employees in the business.
  • Valuable recruitment tool. Attract the best and the brightest employees.
  • Shared best practices. Get the inside scoop on the strategies top franchise employers are using.
What is the deadline to register for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-12-18T13:59:09+00:00

The deadline to register is May 31. Employees must complete the survey by June 30 to be included in the research.

How are the winners selected for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-03-22T12:41:59+00:00

Companies that participate in our franchising@WORK survey are eligible for the franchising@WORK Awards recognizing the best franchise companies to work for. The award winners are selected based on their employee engagement benchmark scores on 24 questions in eight key areas, which include, satisfaction, alignment, team, and leadership. Scores for each benchmark question are determined  using a weighted scale — the most positive response option (such as “excellent” or “strongly agree”) having the most positive effect, and the most negative option having the most negative effect.

When are the Franchising@WORK Award winners announced?2023-12-19T13:47:29+00:00

Award finalists will be notified by late July and winners will be publicly announced in mid-August.

What is the application process for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-03-21T20:57:08+00:00

The process is easy! Simply fill out the entry form and submit your registration fee. Once you register, a team member from FBR will be in touch to go over options for customization, survey administration and the results you receive. 


What is the cost to participate in the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-12-18T13:58:05+00:00

The cost to register is $695 USD.


What if my company doesn’t make the list for the Franchising@WORK Awards?2023-03-21T20:57:26+00:00

If your company doesn’t make the list, no one will know but you. Individual companies who are not finalists or award winners will not be shared publicly.

What will my company receive as a Franchising@WORK participant?2023-03-22T12:36:44+00:00

All participants will receive a scorecard showing their benchmark scores in the eight key areas of the survey. Award winners will also receive a PR toolkit with award graphics, a press release template and other opportunities for promotion.

Additionally, your company has the option of purchasing detailed reports that capture all the data collected from your employees, which can be used to identify opportunities and risks, understand where you can make improvements, and measure year-over-year progress on employee engagement and retention.