The 2006 list of the 100 greatest places to work in the US is up here. Many of the same companies top the list, Gore, Wegman’s, Amex, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Four Seasons… Seems to be a disproportionate number of financial services companies and this really surprises me – I wonder if something is driving this…
I found this explanation of their judging criteria interesting.
What Makes a Great Place to WorkÂ®?
Any company can be a Great Place to WorkÂ®!
approach is based on the major findings of 20 years of research – that
trust between managers and employees is the primary defining
characteristic of the very best workplaces.
At the heart of our definition of a great place to work – a place where employees "trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with" – is the idea that a great workplace is measured by the quality of the three, interconnected relationships that exist there:
- The relationship between employees and management.
- The relationship between employees and their jobs/company.
- The relationship between employees and other employees.
In other words – it’s all about relationships. I could go further to say it’s all about conversations, because that’s our mechanism for relating to each other.
How would YOU define a great place to work? Do you work for one of the 100 companies listed? If so, do you regard the workplace as great?