Top Workplaces 2011

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'The workplace is almost like a family setting'

THE BOSSES TALK

Knowing when an employee just won't work out, and getting to say thanks for a job well-done.

The elements of being a great boss

Their employees hold them up as the best in the Philadelphia region. But in a roundtable talk, it's clear that these company executives, ranked tops in our Top Workplaces 2011 survey,  do not consider themselves to be on a pedestal. Here, an edited transcript of their give-and-take.

THE EMPLOYEE ROLE ›

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SPECIAL AWARDS

Communication

For a “heritage” brand in the prosaic soup, sauce, and beverages trade, Campbell Soup uses surprisingly sophisticated technology to keep its employees in the loop. But there's also a taste of comfort food.

Ethics

“Candor” and “integrity” aren’t just words on an inspirational poster at Weston Solutions. Candor could mean coming clean when you goof. Integrity gets discussed and applied to everyday behavior.

Quality

Staff at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge are encouraged to define quality for themselves and do it on the fly. For instance, they could satisty a guest's quandary with a solution that delivers a surprise.

 

Training

ViroPharma employees enjoy the usual complement of seminars, webinars, and computer training that forward-thinking employers offer to keep employees’ skills sharp. And then there’s “Lunch and Learn.”

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