Fortune announced its Best Companies to Work for in 2008. Based on employee surveys, Google ranked #1, probably as a result of their unique company culture, benefits and work environment.
What makes a great company? Great pay and perks, training, job growth and flexibility are among the characteristics that employees appreciate in their work place.
Free scuba classes, prayer and meditation rooms, free trips and free lunch are among some of the unique perks at some of the top 100 employers rated in the survey.
Even if your company or employer didn’t make the list, less tangible factors also make for a great workplace. For example:
Support for implementing innovative ideas,
Latitude to be creative,
Emphasis on promotion from within and
Support from non-micro-managing leadership.
Working with people whom you respect and like is another important, although intangible factor that influences your experience at work. Although pay and perks are great, in my opinion, working with people whom you admire and enjoy being around may be the most important factor influencing a positive work life! After all, many of us spend more waking hours with our work colleagues than our friends and families.
Feel free to share what makes a top workplace in your opinion!
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