Named on 100 Best Companies to Work For

Employee Strategies is honored to be named one of ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ by Minnesota Business Magazine for 2014. Not only do we create great places to work, we are honored to be recognized as a great place to work. Now in its third year, the list honors Minnesota companies that set the standard for employee well-being.

The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness [...]

Clients named on Minnesota Business List

Minnesota Business magazine announced its second annual 100 Best Companies to Work For, saluting Minnesota organizations setting the standard for employee well-being.100BEST_LOGO Two of my clients from Employee Strategies services were announced on the list; SuperClean Brands and FISDAP. I am proud to be their employee experience provider. These companies represent how Employee Strategies creates great places to work.

Let’s hear what the clients have to say about Employee Strategies and the staff…

“Working with J. Forrest has been an absolute joy. His humor and personality makes everyone instantly like and trust him. He has helped us develop our workplace culture and competencies which has lead to a direct improvement in employee engagement and satisfaction. I would highly recommend J. to other organizations looking to make gains in these areas.” – FISDAP [...]

Yoga Mats for Sale at Target

I remember walking through Target about 10 years ago and seeing a yoga mat for sale. As I continued pushing my red cart, I thought Yoga is officially mainstream. It was no longer for the well traveled; it was now officially accessible for the masses at Target. The same could be said about published lists and competitions for being The Best Place to Work.

I first learned about these competitions while reading Fortune Magazine in the late 90′s. Instantly, I thought this was fantastic. Companies being recognized for their role as employers! Yes! To make matters even better, the data suggested that these Great Places to Work even outperformed their competition. Perhaps treating your employees well yields greater profits. That piece of data alone has probably sustained Fortune’s list over the past 15 years, but what’s interesting to me is how normal these lists now seem.

In the Twin Cities, I’ve noticed at least 3 separate Best Workplace Lists. Feels a little like seeing Yoga Mats for sale at Target. We’ve done a little analysis of the 3 Lists locally and want to add to the knowledge base about the lists and more importantly what separates a workplace from a great workplace.

In terms of the local lists, the biggest difference is how a “small organization” is defined. Whether less than 10, more than 10 or more than 50, the 3 Twin Cities lists differ on that category. One similarity is that each has a 3rd Party to facilitate the Employee Survey (Gilmore Research, Quantum and Workplace Dynamics—all of which have primary offices outside of the Twin Cities)! What I would give to facilitate the survey process for one of these! [...]