Employee feedback is often a major factor in getting onto a "best workplace" list. This approach makes a lot of sense, intuitively. It’s democratic. It’s Yelp-like, egalitarian. It gets inside what it can really mean to work at a company. At the same time, it does raise questions: if a great workplace is judged largely by intangibles—by what it feels like to work there—how sustainable is it?
The application for Working Mother’s annual “100 Best Companies” list is out—if your company wants to try for this list, you have until mid-March to answer the 500 questions, write your essay, and get your entry in. It’s a lot of work, but it’s for a big reward. Here are some tips for getting on the list.
This year I’ve written some resolutions. The twist is, they’re not for me. They’re for employers. Specifically, they’re for all those employers out there who haven’t yet figured out that work doesn’t always have to be drudgery, that turnover doesn’t always have to be sky-high, and that it’s not only possible for a more humane work environment to co-exist with profits, it’s probable.