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Leslie Caccamese - February 13, 2012

5 Ways to Make your Employees Happier

Some of my friends contend that since the HBR went full-color and glossy, they’ve gone a little soft on content. I’m certain said friends felt vindicated when getting a gander at the cover of the Jan/Feb issue on the hard-hitting, business topic du jour: happiness.

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Great Place to Work - February 12, 2012

The Manager's Role in a Great Workplace

Reflect for just a second on what it feels like to be managed. Do you feel inspired? Invigorated? At great workplaces we feel inspired, invigorated and supported by our managers.

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Leslie Caccamese - February 6, 2012

Why Business Leaders Should Invest in Company Culture

95% of leaders at Best Companies to Work For® believe that that being recognized for workplace initiatives positively impacts the bottom line. Last fall, when Great Place to Work® announced the World’s Best Multi-National Workplaces, we took the time to ask their leaders a few questions about workplace culture and employee programs. Let the following info-graphic by Burson-Marstellar show you why leaders believe it is good to be a great workplace:

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Great Place to Work - February 1, 2012

Is there an ROI on Workplace Culture?

I recently came across an article in the Motley Fool that reiterated what we here at Great Place to Work® have been saying all along- a great workplace makes for a successful business.

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Great Place to Work - January 25, 2012

Best Practices from Best Companies, Part 3 of 3: Employee Recognition

It is no wonder that SAS continues to top the 2012 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, ranking #3 on this year’s list. The software company sets aside a budget exclusively for employee appreciation and ensures that no one, including housekeeping, is left out. After focusing on Recruitment and Leadership Development this week, we conclude our three-part series on Best Practices with Employee Recognition.

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Great Place to Work - January 23, 2012

Best Practices from Best Companies, Part 2 of 3: Leadership Development

Several companies consistently rank high on the 2012 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), #2 Best Company, is a great example. If you take a closer look, you’ll see some of the best practices that explain why they ranked so high on the 2012 list. Today we’re going to focus on Leadership Development at BCG.

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Great Place to Work - January 21, 2012

Best Practices from Best Companies, Part 1 of 3: Recruitment

Now that the 2012 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list has been announced, the real fun begins! We can now take a look inside some of the top companies and see what policies were implemented to help score such coveted positions on our 2012 list. Today’s topic: Recruitment.

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Great Place to Work - January 7, 2012

New trends in the New Year: The Results of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List Competition

The results of the 2012 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® are in! Reviewing the aggregate data for the past five year’s list makers (2007-2011) and comparing it to the 2012 data, several trends did indeed emerge…

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Great Place to Work - January 3, 2012

New trends in the New Year: What to expect from this year's 100 Best

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this month’s announcement of the 2012 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. I am especially excited to learn which emerging trends have placed this year’s winners ahead of the game.

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Leslie Caccamese - December 19, 2011

Five Jobs that Stink at Year-End and what Employers can do about it

While the holiday season sees many office workers spending more time crammed in the kitchen, swilling eggnog and eating baked goods from whatever cursed colleague is trying to make everyone fat, for some workers, there is no year-end merriment. Here’s my top 5 list of jobs that stink at year-end and what great employers are doing to soften the bah-humbug.

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Great Place to Work - December 14, 2011

Strong Coffee – Howard Schultz named Fortune’s 2011 Businessperson of the Year

It appears that Howard Schultz seeks to live a good life. In this week’s issue of Fortune magazine (Dec. 12, 2011) an article celebrates Schultz being named Fortune magazine’s 2011 businessperson of the year by telling his business success story. Many anecdotes from his personal life and community activities are included, and provide a rich description of who he is as a person. His consistency of effort to be a good person, amid all the distractions that come with wealth, corporate success and public recognition strikes me as a clear example of his virtuous circle at work.

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Great Place to Work - December 7, 2011

Will Black Friday turn employees’ next holidays blue?

After finally finishing all our leftover turkey, I started reflecting on some the holiday retail news. Specifically, how would longer shopping hours work out for retailers and employees? Clearly, shoppers loved it. And that gave retailers lots of reasons to love it, too. Roughly 54 billion reasons by some early tallies.

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Leslie Caccamese - November 30, 2011

Integrating Work/Life Balance at the Best Companies

In an earlier post, I discussed how the work/life balance presumes that you can break a human life into discrete buckets: work over here, family over there, health in a special category, community involvement in another, and maybe a little sand pail for things like personal fulfillment and a sense of meaning. Based on this paradigm, the objective of most work/life balance programs is to help people allocate a fair amount of time to what resides in each bucket. Turn off work time, turn on family time, spend an hour on your wellness. If this model was a mathematical equation, it might look like this: Balance = Life – work

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Great Place to Work - November 29, 2011

How the 100 Best Companies to Work For Celebrate the Holiday Season

Some holiday inspiration from the 2011 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®

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Great Place to Work - November 23, 2011

Motivate your contract workers this holiday season

The holiday season presents many opportunities to engage your employees, and we don't just mean throwing a good holiday party! One such opportunity is the inclusion of contract workers. Marcus Erb answers the question How to Motivate Contract Workers, and we thought what better time to do so than the holiday season?

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Marcus Erb - November 15, 2011

Wellness Programs at the Best Companies

A growing number of businesses are turning to wellness programs to manage their bottom line, while still building a great workplace for employees. The best companies have repeatedly led the way in offering innovative approaches to employee benefits and they prove equally creative when it comes to building strong wellness programs.

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Erin Liberman Moran - November 4, 2011

Inspired by the World’s Best Workplaces

I often get asked about why I have chosen to dedicate my career to helping companies to become even better workplaces and the simple answer is: to help people across the globe be able to apply their natural gifts in an organization that helps them achieve their personal potential and experience a sense of “purpose.” In this scenario, people feel respected and in addition to giving more to the company, they are more likely to give more freely of themselves to their family, friends and society.

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Leslie Caccamese - November 1, 2011

Making Sense of Celebrating

Even not-so-great workplaces are pretty keen on celebrating. There are beer bashes, Costco cupcakes, Christmas parties, service celebrations and more… though without a high level of trust in management and camaraderie with peers, much of this forced fun can make team members cringe.

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Lisa Ratner - October 25, 2011

Win-Win Game Part II: How the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces can help us to transform our workplaces

The other day I wrote about the frustration I feel when I turn on the news and hear about the many Americans that are still struggling to make ends meet. This is especially difficult for me to hear when, everyday, I come to work and meet with companies committed to transforming their workplaces. From small businesses to global corporations, I work with companies that not only provide great workplace cultures for their employees, but are also increasing their profits! This is not in spite of the fact that they allocate so many resources to their employees- it is because of this that these companies are doing exceedingly well.

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Kelli Marjolet - October 24, 2011

How the Best Companies are weathering the storm

Last week we announced 2011 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and I wanted to share some interesting observations about this year’s list makers.