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March 2012

Next: brain clock

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Friday, March 02, 2012

0312_NextA transcontinental flight or all-night study session renders even the sharpest among us a bit fuzzy headed. Now for the first time researchers at OSU have shown that disrupting our “biological clock” does more than make people tired.

 

Powerlist: Meeting facilities

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Friday, March 02, 2012

This month, our Powerlist ranks Oregon's meeting facilities by total square feet of space.

 

100 Best research methodology, category winners and alpha list

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Find out how the 100 Best Companies are determined, see the category winners and refer to our alphabetical list.

 

The 2012 list: top 33 large companies to work for in Oregon

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 19 this year with more than 14,000 employees participating. The large size category is comprised of the top 33  highest-scoring companies with 100 or more Oregon employees.

 

 

The 2012 list: top 34 medium companies to work for in Oregon

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 19 this year with more than 14,000 employees participating. The medium size category is comprised of the top 34 highest-scoring companies with 35-99 Oregon employees.

 

 

The 2012 list: top 33 small companies to work for in Oregon

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 19 this year with more than 14,000 employees participating. The small size category is comprised of the top 33  highest-scoring companies with 15-34 Oregon employees.

 

 

The 2012 100 Best Companies by the numbers

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0312_100BestNumbers_Graph01See how the 100 Best Companies to Work For compare in these graphs.
 
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

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That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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