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|Wednesday, March 02, 2011|
Our 100 Best Companies project turns 18 this year, quite a milestone not only for the magazine but for the many companies and employees who have participated in the survey. In just the past eight years, 190,000 employees from 936 companies have taken the free, anonymous survey that ranks their satisfaction with their workplaces.
That is an enormous wellspring of information about what it takes to be a great place to work. Last year overall scores were down, largely because of diminished benefits. But this year the overall scores climbed back up a bit.
What were the most important workplace practices for the employees who took the survey this year? At the top of the list was treatment by their direct supervisor. After that came compensation (pay, benefits, bonuses, paid time off); trust in top management to make ethical business decisions; trust between managers and employees; and pride and belief in the company.
In this issue we look inside a handful of these successful companies to see what that leadership looks like for those businesses. Places such as Stumptown Coffee, which offers free tattoos at its Christmas parties, or Ruby Receptionist, which provides yoga to help relieve the stress of the workday. Throughout the stories you will find inspiration, and some practical advice if you’re looking for ways to make your company better. (And how much more practical than free tattoos do you need?)
We believe so deeply in the importance of best practices for business success that we created two new 100 Best projects. In June we announce the third annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For, based on sustainability questions that were asked in this year’s 100 Best Companies and last year’s 100 Best Nonprofits surveys. In October, we announce our third annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon.
If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you do next year. There is much to learn from the 100 Best. But more importantly, there is much to learn from the people who make your company possible. Are you prepared to listen?
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Tom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
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I'm not very interesting,” says a modest Ray Di Carlo, CEO and executive producer of Bent Image Labs, an animation and visual effects studio.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JENNIFER MARGULIS
In 2012 The Dalles, a city of some 14,400 located 75 miles east of Portland and often seen as the poor cousin to adjacent Hood River, completed a massive project to revitalize its dock.
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BY DIANE BUISMAN
Some common misconceptions employers have about marijuana.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY JON BELL
Powell's stays relevant in the digital age.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
OB Research Editor Kim Moore shares some pointers about the 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.
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