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|Articles - March 2010|
|Friday, February 26, 2010|
When the going gets tough, The Best get going.
When I started thinking about a headline that would capture the spirit and hard work of this year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon, When the going gets tough was the first thing that came to mind. And it stuck.
The landscape was bleak when we sent the 17th annual 100 Best survey out last fall. Businesses were heading into another year of a historic downturn and many told us that having suffered through layoffs and other dismal events they weren’t going to participate in the survey. They either didn’t want to hear the bad news or didn’t want to rank low.
Well, that’s like hiding under your bed when your house is on fire.
In the previous survey we had a record 372 companies sign on. This year, that number was down to 303. I’d like to congratulate every single one of those 303 companies that thought it was important to find out how their employees are doing.
All of you are winners in my book for taking the survey so that you can figure out how to make your company a better place to work. Like I said: When the going gets tough, the best companies get going.
In the end, it’s about good leadership, which turned out to be among the most important attributes of this year’s winners. While overall scores were down, largely because of diminished benefits, satisfaction levels were high for this year’s 100 Best.
Managing editor Ben Jacklet interviewed dozens of the companies and in his story and found that the things that make a workplace great can vary, but one constant is inspired leadership. Throughout this issue, you’ll find examples of how leaders from large, medium and small companies across a wide spectrum of industries tirelessly — joyously — give their heart and soul to their team.
We also shined a spotlight on the Top 10 winners so that other companies could learn from their successful workplace best practices. My favorite suggestion? A shock pen. You’ll have to check out the story to find out what I mean.
Especially in hard times, being a great place to work helps your bottom line. It gives you a competitive edge, keeps the best people with you, and in turn those employees give back that heart and soul many times over.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kim Moore | OB Editor
The 2015 survey launched this week. It is open to for-profit private and public companies that have at least 15 full- or part-time employees in Oregon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
How State Representative Julie Parrish (House District 37) balances life between work and play.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY
Craft beer comes to Mount Angel.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."
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