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|Friday, March 02, 2012|
Our venerable 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project turned 19 this year. Over the six years that I’ve been the editor of Oregon Business, I have been constantly heartened and amazed at the dedication to the project by Oregon companies, large and small:
But it isn’t just about numbers. This project is about gaining insight into what is important to employees. In this year’s surveys we found that:
After 19 years, it was also time to recognize those companies who have been on the 100 Best list 10 or more times. This year’s inaugural Hall of Fame 100 Best Companies were: Employment Trends, 15 years; Pacific Continental Bank, 13 years; Vernier Software & Technology, 13 years; Umpqua Bank, 13 years; Cascade Employers Association, 12 years; Tec Laboratories, 12 years; David Evans and Associates, 11 years; The Randall Group, 11 years; Pacific Benefit Consultants, 11 years; and Walsh Construction, 10 years.
That’s 121 collective years of commitment by these companies to creating a workplace that treats its employees in the very best possible ways year over year. And there are a dozen more right behind them that have been a 100 Best Company eight or nine times.
If your company doesn’t yet participate, I hope you decide to take the plunge. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the 100 Best project. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate it together?
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Everyone knows cell phones and driving are a lethal combination. The risk is especially high for teenage drivers, whose delusions of immortality pose such a threat to us all. Enforcement alas, remains feeble; more promising are pedagogical approaches aimed at getting people to focus on the road, not their devices.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BY TAMSEN LEACHMAN | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
It is important to understand the EEOC’s priorities, and ensure that your leadership understands the shifting expectations of regulators and the heightened standards to which you (and they) may be held.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The big news at Oregon Business is we’re getting a ping pong table. After reading the descriptions of the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon, a disproportionate number of which feature table tennis in the office, I decided it was time to bring our own workplace into the 21st century. It was a tough call, but it’s lonely at the top, and someone has to make the hard decisions.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Don’t just sit there. For a healthy workplace, move up and down — and all around.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
At Oregon State University, a 21st century version of the bad dream — nuclear terrorism — is alive and well. This winter, the Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Health Physics created a new interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics, a Sherlock Holmes-sounding program that aims to identify how and where confiscated nuclear and radiological materials were created.
Monday, February 23, 2015
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB CONTRIBUTOR
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