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April 26, 2016
By letting employees guide charitable efforts, the winning companies create high levels of commitment and pride among their teams.APRIL 26, 2016 (San Francisco, Calif.) – Few things pull a team together like a worthy cause. Whether it's pro-bono professional work, a partnership with a nonprofit or a simple office fundraiser, these contributions often do double duty by making the work experience more meaningful and fun.
While plenty of companies can take pride in their charity or volunteering, a handful stand above the rest in the eyes of their employees. That's why research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® is excited to recognize the country's 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back with Fortune magazine. The first ranking of its kind, this list considers more than 240,000 employee surveys, in addition to donations relative to company size and programs that involve co-workers in their communities.
"The Best Workplaces for Giving Back show that employee empowerment is vital to getting a full 'return' on community involvement," said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. "These organizations go beyond traditional top-down philanthropy and allow employees to innovate and steer charitable efforts, creating high levels of commitment and pride among their teams."
Topping the list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back is cloud computing company Zumasys, followed by shipping services provider American Global Logistics and business software company Saleseforce. To see the full list, click here.
Much of what sets the winning companies apart for employees comes down to how effectively their charitable endeavors fit the personality of their workplaces. The innovative ways these organizations give back empower co-workers and help reinforce the values that unite them. For example:
These businesses and their peers on the Best Workplaces for Giving Back surpassed more than 500 other companies certified by Great Place to Work® when it comes to how employees rate their organizations' impact in the community, the amount of meaning they find in their jobs and whether they feel they make a difference at work. Other insights from Great Place to Work®'s analysis of its Trust Index© surveys and anonymous employee comments include:
"People get fired up when they learn how The Best Workplaces for Giving Back share their resources with the community. Clearly, one person can make a difference and it's contagious. At the same time, more than nine in ten employees at these organizations say they're proud to tell others where they work," Bush said. "These companies show that offering co-workers a robust role in corporate giving can build camaraderie, loyalty and confidence in the organization – all traits of a great, high-performance workplace."
About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries.
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