Is your company in the top “100 Best Companies To Work For”? This is the 25th year Fortune magazine has studied and published a list of great work places (issue 3.15.15). Millions of employees from around the globe were surveyed by research company Great Place To Work, and their input helped Fortune make their decisions.

They have used the same methodology for their selection process throughout the years, and highlighted two significant changes.

  1. Education and development 
    • In 1998, 41 hours was the average amount of time for manager and professional training; this year that has increased to 78 hours. Development works!
  2. The best are getting better and happier
    • Overall scores increased 13%, and this is attributed to business leaders focusing on workplace culture and using it as a tool.

Why do some companies keep attracting and holding on to the world’s best talent? The answer is simple. They know how to foster strong, rewarding relationships…among their employees.
–Geoff Colvin

It’s noteworthy to share that two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the “Trust Index Employee Survey” which is sent to a random selection of employees. The questions are related to management credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other one third are responses to the “Culture Audit” which include detailed questions about pay and benefits, followed by a series of questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition, and diversity.

We don’t want to be a spoiler for those that have not read or heard, but Google got the top spot. They have great benefits, with a focus on quality and character. One of those perks includes free, high quality lunches, which they admittedly leverage to build relationships, encourage interactions, and promote learning. They want employees to take advantage of free food, they want employees to stand in line together, they want their talented staff to meet other talented staff, they want employees to share ideas, and they primarily want them to build strong relationships.

The key common qualities for those that made the top 100 list are:

  • Strong leadership
  • Strong hierarchy and clear reporting structure
  • Shared, supported, and attainable goals across the organization
  • Accountability, rewards, and consequences
  • Camaraderie – “we are one” mentality
  • Open-office plan for enhanced communication

Congratulations to those that made the list, and we’re happy to say that we have business relationships with several of them!

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