Editor's Note: Great Places to Work in Not-So-Great Times
In fact, employees seem to place a higher priority on being valued than on extensive benefits. (Ninety percent of employees at all companies surveyed, including those that didn’t make the “Best Companies” list, were happy with their companies’ benefits packages.)
That said, companies that understand the value of a happy employee culture also seem to go the extra mile in offering benefits that help employees balance work with their personal lives.
Here’s a look at what else the “Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For” offer:
• 80% offer performance bonuses/incentives to all employees
• 90% offer telecommuting options
• 40% offer the option to work compressed work weeks
• 20% pay all or part of employees’ childcare costs
• 30% pay all or part of employees’ costs for health-club memberships or fitness programs
• 40% have on-site facilities that promote fitness and exercise, and 50% have on-site fitness/wellness programs
• 60% provide adoption assistance
• 70% provide domestic partner benefits
• 100% offer tuition-reimbursement programs
• 60% allow paid time off for community service
• 83% have “green” components of their manufacturing processes
After three years of conducting this study and analyzing the top-ranking companies carefully, the following have emerged as common among what “best companies” offer: good-to-great benefits, respect for employees, recognition of employees’ hard work and accomplishments, an open management style, and a sense of camaraderie and shared achievement.
There is one thing, however, that seems to differentiate the great companies from the good ones. Great companies seem to not only treat employees with the utmost respect, but they almost always have a great sense of humor and put a priority on fun. Their philosophy: Employees work hard, and appreciate and deserve a good laugh, whether it’s during competitive events (like F.A. Davis’ “book toss”) or in pictures hung on the walls (like F.A. Davis’ Photoshopped photo of former President Irene Craven Davis in Edwardian garb, complete with an iPod and earbuds). The best companies take their work seriously, but they take their fun seriously, too.