Thanksgiving may be in the rearview mirror, but there are a few companies that likely are celebrating all over again after finding out that they made Crain's Best Places to Work in New York City 2015. The 100 companies on the list, compiled through a joint effort between Crain's New York Business and Best Companies Group, are recognized for benefiting the city's economy, workforce, and businesses. They are selected based on both employee and employer survey results, with most of the weight coming from the employee side. As it explains on the Crain's site: "Although they hail from diverse fields—including technology, law, construction and real estate—the 100 winners have at least one thing in common: a profound commitment to their workers' happiness."
So let me give kudos to...
Commune Hotels + Resorts, an international hotel management company known for its lifestyle brands, which came in 27th on the list. It earned its spot for healthy healthcare premium coverage and vacation time, giving time off for community service, offering a telecommuting option—and onsite fitness and wellness options that make coming into work more enticing—along with onsite food and beverage and a 401(k) plan
International events agency First Protocol Inc. (#30), which rewards collaborative and independent work excellence with things like spa certificates and Super Bowl tickets. It also provides tuition reimbursement, time for community service, telecommuting options, onsite health, fitness, and food, as well as a 401(k) plan.
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants (#34), whose 495 New York–based employees (9,300 total in the U.S.) enjoy excellent vacation and healthcare benefits, along with Mr. Softee, days dedicated to bingo and chair massages, a week-long wellness event, tuition reimbursement, and time for community service.
Grass Roots Meetings and Events Inc. (#52), a full-service meetings and events company, which was singled out for its strong commitment to giving back, including volunteering at a local charity for homeless and at-risk young people. They also provide telecommuting options, onsite health, fitness, and food—including, according to a press release, a "much-loved beer fridge Friday"—and a 401(k) plan.
Corporate meeting and event producer Barkley Kalpak Agency (#63), which in addition to providing tuition reimbursement, telecommuting options, and a 401(k) plan, lets all employees reserve to use the company car, nicknamed "Betsy," as long as it's not needed for business purposes.
I love this quote from Grass Roots Meetings and Events employee Becca Simon: "To me, Grass Roots is truly the best place to work! There are so many opportunities for growth and I feel like I learn something new every day. The collaborative work environment is just one of the things that I love about working for Grass Roots (who wouldn't enjoy sitting in pods and moonlighting as the office DJ?). But at the end of the day, it's really the people that make coming to work something to look forward to.”
Isn't it always?
What makes a work environment really work for you?
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