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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.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.
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 its third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; another outpost in Bend 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.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Activists have suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, slowing an icebreaker's departure for the Arctic.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Telemedicine, new partnerships and real estate diversification make health care more accessible in rural Oregon.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
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