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|Wednesday, August 20, 2014|
By Kim Moore | OB Editor
Does your company offer the kind of benefits that would put you in the running to be one of the best companies to work for in the state? To find out, register for our 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For survey. Whether you make the roster or not, it will give you insight into what defines a great place to work.
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. Companies can be headquartered anywhere. Participants have until November 7 to register for the survey, and until November 14 to fill it out.
The anonymous survey asks respondents to rate how satisfied they are with several aspects of their workplace, such as benefits and career development opportunities. There is a comment section for employees to be candid about what they like or dislike about their workplaces.
Participants also answer questions about sustainability practices in their workplace. Companies that do well in this category have a chance to be included in the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, revealed in our June 2015 issue.
The survey is 22 years old this year and has grown in popularity since its debut when only 10 companies were profiled. In last year’s survey, 11,000 employees and 248 companies took part, proving the survey remains as relevant today as it ever was. In fact, as the economy recovers and the state’s unemployment rate goes down, employers have to work harder to attract and retain talented employees. It is more important than ever for companies to stay knowledgeable about best workplace practices as employees can afford to be pickier about where they work.
Up-to-date information on workplace satisfaction is also becoming increasingly valuable in light of rapid demographic change. Millennials – people born between 1980 and 2000 – are entering the workforce with different expectations of what makes a good workplace compared with older generations. These young people are known to be more entrepreneurial, tech savvy and innovative than their older peers. They also expect more flexible work schedules and flat hierarchical management. If companies want to attract the young set they need to know what makes them tick. The 100 Best Companies To Work For Survey will do just that. Let your employees take the survey to see how you perform and to stay ahead of evolving best workplace practices.
Register for the survey here.
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?
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Market of Choice is on a tear. In 2012 the 35-year-old Eugene-based grocery chain opened a central kitchen/distribution center in its hometown. The market opened a third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; a Bend outpost broke ground in March. A fourth Portland location is slated for the inner southeast “LOCA” development, a mixed-use project featuring condos and retail. Revenues in 2014 were $175 million, a double-digit increase over 2013. CEO Rick Wright discusses growth, market trends and how he keeps new “foodie” grocery clerks happy.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Renee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Big One serves as an allegory for Portland, a city that earns plaudits for lifestyle and amenities but whose infrastructure is, literally, crumbling.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Holding a Power Lunch at Veritable Quandary in downtown Portland.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ben Kaiser holds his ground.
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Yesterday, a divided National Labor Relations Board dropped another hammer on the employer community. In a long-awaited and much debated move, the Board jettisoned the decades old standard for determining when two independent businesses should be considered joint employers of an individual worker for collective bargaining purposes.
Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.