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    “BEST PLACE TO WORK” AWARD: DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
     
    Could your company take home “Best Place To Work” honors? If you’re unsure, check out these tips on how to create a winning company culture.
     
    In 2020, a Comparably.com study found Google was No 1. among large companies when it comes to the best places to work. Adobe and HubSpot followed as numbers two and three. Sure, they’re all tech companies, but others in the top 50 include CVS Health, Chipotle, Stanley, Black and Decker, Chewy and Peloton. What makes them such amazing workplaces? Rankings were determined based on a combination of questions that delved into‑core culture metrics, such as compensation, leadership, teams, work environment, outlook, professional development, work-life balance, plus perks and benefits‑that provide a comprehensive and accurate look at what it is really like to work at these companies.
     
    So, how can you make your company more competitive when it comes to these metrics? Start by examining your employee experience. Essentially, employee experience refers to everything an employee experiences at work: their interactions with their boss, their software, their teams, their values, their behaviors, their communication patterns and hundreds of other things. It is a holistic term that considers the full spectrum of an employee’s experiences throughout their entire time at a company, and this experience has a huge bearing on their commitment and performance.
     
    WHAT ABOUT $$$
    In the several studies examined, though salary did appear, it was the last factor.
     
    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE?
    To a small degree, employees have some input to their own experience because their reactions to the positive or negative expressions of leaders provide an impact. But leaders and management normally have the most power to make things positive or negative for their company and employees.
     
    10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR EMPLOYEES’ EXPERIENCE:
    • Improve internal communication with engagement, transparency and honesty.
    • Increase collaboration among diverse teams and units for problem solving and innovation.
    • Develop a full and engaging onboarding process.
    • Utilize and act on employees’ feedback, input and recommendations.
    • Offer career and professional development programs.
    • Train supervisors and managers to be coaches and mentors.
    • Allow and support a fun work environment.
    • Acquire technology in every aspect, from hardware and wearable devices to company apps and virtual reality.
    • Allow a flexible schedule and remote work when possible, valuing employees’ time.
    • Participate in social and community events and volunteer programs.
     
    HOW’D YOU DO? Need work? Plan to implement half of these in 2021.
     
    MEET THE EXPERT:
    Sharleen Smith is the Director of Continuing Education and Outreach of Troy University. She has more than 30 years of experience in organizational consulting and training. Her training includes more than 250 topics, and she has presented to more than 300,000 people at 15,000 conferences, workshops and seminars.

     

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