Last year, the data from Biz 417’s inaugural Best Places to Work (BPTW) contest told a clear story. Overwhelmingly, top-ranked organizations offered a high degree of flexibility—in the form of enviable benefits like remote work and unlimited PTO. These are great perks, but they’re particularly suited for certain types of businesses and careers, which left us wondering: What about everyone else? What about people whose skills and interests lead them toward professions that can’t be performed remotely? What about people who crave the structure and camaraderie of a healthy office and aren’t happy working from home? Aren’t there wonderful workplaces for them, too?
This year, the answer is clearly “yes.” Organizations that offer significant flexibility still performed well; if your business can offer remote work, it’s obviously a recruitment advantage. But the 2022 winners have more diverse work environments. Together, they paint a picture of a complex economy—one with many kinds of workers, services and workplace cultures.
For example, workers at the No. 1 company on our list, OMG Commerce, have significant autonomy, including the option of working fully remote, hybrid or fully in-person. At the No. 5 company, Rick’s Automotive, no one telecommutes, but employees enjoy notable perks, such as an informal childcare arrangement. They also get a whopping 10% match to their 401(k) contributions. While Rick’s and OMG take different approaches to rewarding employees, they both earned high marks.
As with the 2021 results, the biggest difference between the Best Places to Work and those that didn’t make the list showed up in the “Pay and Benefits” category. Survey respondents were asked whether they agreed with the following statements:
“I’m satisfied with the amount of healthcare paid for.” (92% of BPTW employees agreed with this statement. Just 64% of employees at non-list-makers agreed.)
“Overall, I’m satisfied with this organization’s benefits package.” (93% vs. 70%)
“I’m satisfied with the dental benefits.” (92% vs. 72%)
“I’m satisfied with the disability benefits.” (92% vs. 73%) one differentiator.
If you’re looking for one cultural change that might set your organization apart, consider what the contest results revealed about financial transparency.
“I have a good understanding of how this organization is doing financially.” (91% of BPTW employees agreed vs. 68% from companies that didn’t make the list.)
You’re probably feeling the labor shortage, and your employees are, too. If you’re wondering whether you should even try to fill open positions, consider the following result:
“Staffing levels are adequate to provide quality products/services.” (83% of BPTW employees agreed vs. 63% from companies that didn’t make the list.)
Keep Human Resources Human
Good workplaces are filled with workers who feel seen and valued. In three, separate sections of the employee questionnaire, respondents were asked how much they agreed with statements about their perceived value within their organizations. The results sent a clear message.
“This organization gives me enough recognition for work that is well done.” (91% of BPTW employees agreed vs. 74% from companies that didn’t make the list.)
“If I do good work, I will be rewarded.” (89% vs. 72%)
“I feel I am valued in this organization.” (94% vs. 81%)