Welcome to Top Workplaces 2011, an extensive effort to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region - from the workers' point of view.
The perks can be as important as the pay. They range from from massages and tai chi classes to free gift wrapping and fancy trips. Bonuses and some flexibility in hours also rate high with employees.
Does your workplace offer tai chi, gift wrapping, exotic trips, or Fridays off in the summer? We asked companies what special perks they offer workers. Here are some of the things they do.
The fact that companies are willing to go the extra distance can mean a lot.
As the housing downturn grinds agonizingly into its fifth year, it is difficult to imagine that anyone working in real estate would be positively giddy about the job. It is said that the energy at the firm is contagious.
Adam Kaliner began selling windows part time in college, and with his cousin, Jeff, later parlayed that into a $130 million-a-year home-remodeling business in Delaware County.
THE BOSSES TALK
What corporate leaders have to sayKnowing when an employee just won't work out, and getting to say thanks for a job well-done.
In two lively outtakes from our CEO roundtable, our top bosses go back and forth about one of their toughest responsibilities, letting people go. Then, they kick back and talk about one of their favorites: handing out game tickets.
Joining the discussion are Jeff Kaliner, co-founder and CEO, Power Home Remodeling Group; Bill McNabb, chairman and CEO, the Vanguard Group, and Tom Spann, CEO, Accolade Inc.
Newly published HR research says that although management still matters, workers are at least partly responsible for job satisfaction. “The opposite of engagement isn’t disengagement,” says co-author Rudy Karsan, “it’s apathy.”
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