In addition to the overall rankings for small, midsize and large employers, Heart Connecticut Media recognizes 15 special awards that show how each special award-winning company stands out in a specific way.\u00a0 The awards are based on employees' strong agreement with statements such as, "My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful." A dozen of the special awards go to companies. Three are for the executives whose employees gave them the best marks in response to the statement, "I have confidence in the leader of this company." Those winning executives are highlighted in our coverage with interviews that reveal their management styles. It's no coincidence that seven of the 15 special awards this year went to companies that ranked in the top three in their size categories. These same statements were the basis for the overall rankings by our partner, Philadelphia-based Energage, which ranks Top Workplaces in 55 U.S. markets including Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.