Widseth Smith Nolting has made its first appearance on the employee satisfaction-driven “50 Best Places to Work” list. In its fifth year, the annual competition is sponsored by Prairie Business Magazine.

Through a competitive nomination process, the magazine recognizes the top 50 places to work in its coverage area — North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. Nominations are made by employees.

WSN’s employees organized a concerted response to this year’s call for nominations in recognition of initiatives the firm has been pursuing to increase employee engagement, recognize exceptional efforts in the workplace, and facilitate growth, both in terms of individuals’ professional growth and that of the company.

Nominations were judged on employees’ responses to three questions: why this company should be one of the best places to work; what culture initiatives or benefits set this company apart from the rest; and if working for this company rewards you with job satisfaction and opportunities to learn and grow.

More than 1,400 employees from around the region submitted nominations.