Economy doesn't stop 100 Best

| Print |  Email
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.

robin-BLOG
Robin Doussard
Editor
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
OregonBusiness.com/robin
Twitter.com/robindoussard
 

More Articles

Light Reading

September 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.


Read more...

5 questions for ImpactFlow CEO Tyler Foreman

The Latest
Thursday, August 13, 2015
impactflowthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland-based startup ImpactFlow recently announced a $5.7 million funding round. CEO and co-founder Tyler Foreman talks about matching businesses with nonprofits, his time at Intel and the changing face of philanthropy.


Read more...

Greenpeace (temporarily) prevents Shell oil ship from leaving Portland

The Latest
Thursday, July 30, 2015
hangersBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from the St. John's Bridge in an attempt to prevent a ship from heading to the Arctic.


Read more...

Child care challenge

News
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
0927OHSUhealthystarts-thumbBY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER

Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.


Read more...

Inside the Box

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE

Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?


Read more...

The Private 150: From Strength to Strength

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

Revenues in Oregon's private, for profit sector maintained solid growth as the economy continued to rebound.


Read more...

Child care challenge

September 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
0927OHSUhealthystarts-thumbBY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER

Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS