Be One of the Best Places to Work, Even If You Didn't Make a List
Even if your company didn't make it on a Best Places to Work list, we can analyze these reports to better understand what the best do well and how we can improve.
Here's how to use the rest of [the year] to make your employees feel your company is their best place to work:
Live Out a Mission Employees Can Stand Behind
A sense of purpose is a main driver behind productivity and motivation. Give your employees a mission to connect with and a community goal to work toward. Help them reach their full potential by making the connection between your product and how it impacts customer's lives.
Medtronic is not a brand many people are familiar with, but this healthcare organization made Fortune's list of Most Admired Companies.
"Our employees are inspired by and focused on our mission," said Carol Surface, Medtronic Chief Human Resources officer.
"We work hard to support them by creating an environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and allows everyone to bring forward their best ideas. This recognition is a reflection of our talented employees and the innovative solutions they create to solve some of healthcare's toughest challenges."
How can we learn from Medtronic whose success at living out a mission employees can stand behind gave them the distinction of Best Medical Sales Companies to Work for in 2017?
Use the company mission to bring all levels of employees together, working toward one collective goal that drives motivation and innovation.
Provide a Nurturing Workplace Culture
This year, Facebook took the number two overall spot for best places to work on Glassdoor's survey. Their employees say culture is the best aspect of working at the social media company.
Facebook created a workplace culture where the employees were nurtured, not only at the professional level, but at a human level which allowed employees to thrive and excel.
One employee said, "The openness is a real thing. We're trusted to do the right thing, mistakes are expected, being yourself is important and encouraged, humility is encouraged and expected, and building trust is paramount."
Another offered, "The diversity is better than any other company I've worked at, and it's getting better. Those who are figuring out how to make what we do better for everyone are really good at implementing their ideas."
While Facebook is a large organization, companies of any size can learn from their human-centered employee philosophy and build their culture around those values.
Encourage Employees to Continue Learning
The best places to work understand access to learning and development opportunities and the guidance of strong mentors can catapult their employees' potential.
Bain and Company, which secured the number one spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list (the third time since the survey has been conducted), puts learning and mentorship at the forefront of the company.
Says one happy Bain employee, "Throughout my career, I can point to people who invested in me, helping me to grow and develop. And the relationships I formed in the trenches with my supervisors, peers, and reports helped make me into who I am today. It's an apprenticeship business and you get to learn from some of the best. Good learning, fantastic impact, and a lot of fun along the way."
Knowing employees are their most important asset, the best places to work give their employees frequent opportunities to grow and advance within the organization.
Make Them Feel Like Your Company Is Their Best Place to Work
A well-defined and supported mission, a human-centered approach to personal and professional growth, opportunities for learning and development, as well as mentorship -- these are strategies some of the most well-known companies have used to make it on a "Best Place to Work" list.
Determine in your own organization if there are areas for improvement -- but remember to recognize all the "best" features that already exist within your company!
While making it on a publicly recognized "Best Places to Work" list is a significant achievement, it is just as significant to create a workplace culture your employees would be proud to call their best place to work.
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