How Inc. Chose the Best Work­places

Inc. (USA) - - BEST WORKPLACES - By Greg Har­ris and Aaron Brown of Quan­tum Work­place

With na­tional un­em­ploy­ment at a 17-year low, busi­nesses are work­ing over­time to re­cruit, en­gage, and re­tain tal­ent. Our firm, Quan­tum Work­place, a lead­ing soft­ware plat­form for em­ployee en­gage­ment and per­for­mance, part­ners with Inc. to sur­vey Amer­i­cans in pur­suit of the em­ploy­ers that cre­ate strong cul­tures of en­gage­ment.

At the start of the year, firms of all sizes and in­dus­tries are nom­i­nated for this recog­ni­tion. Once nom­i­nated, each com­pany had to sur­vey all em­ploy­ees us­ing our method­ol­ogy. Quan­tum Work­place gath­ered, an­a­lyzed, and au­dited the data. The sur­vey cov­ered top­ics such as trust in se­nior lead­er­ship, ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, change man­age­ment, and ben­e­fits and perks.

Em­ployee en­gage­ment mea­sures the strength of the men­tal and emo­tional con­nec­tion work­ers feel to­ward their places of oc­cu­pa­tion. Those mea­sure­ments reached new highs this year. Among par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies, 74.2 per­cent of work­ers are highly en­gaged, com­pared with 72.1 per­cent in last year’s data set.

In ad­di­tion to an­a­lyz­ing em­ployee sen­ti­ment, this study takes into ac­count fi­nan­cial and non­fi­nan­cial el­e­ments of cor­po­rate cul­ture. We cap­tured prac­tices on 45 ben­e­fits and perks to un­der­stand which com­bi­na­tions were com­mon in highly en­gaged work­places.

As you might ex­pect, Best Work­place com­pa­nies of­fer com­pre­hen­sive health cov­er­age and gen­er­ously sub­si­dize pre­mi­ums. And re­mem­ber when “un­lim­ited paid time off” seemed like such a game-chang­ing idea? This year, 30 per­cent of the 1,853 com­pet­ing em­ploy­ers of­fer this ben­e­fit.

If your goal is to be truly dif­fer­ent, here are the five ben­e­fits of­fered by the fewest em­ploy­ers: on­site child care ( 1 per­cent), on­site med­i­cal (2 per­cent), concierge (6 per­cent), paid sab­bat­i­cals ( 10 per­cent), and paid trans­porta­tion to and from work ( 11 per­cent). Oth­er­wise, you may be great, but you won’t be un­usual.

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