Company culture extends beyond ping-pong tables and free lunch, it is what binds employees together and creates a community. Without strong and positive corporate cultures, companies can quickly churn through employees, never building a long-lasting and passionate team that can in turn hurt growth and momentum.
Now, many companies are exploring new perks and strategies to create an atmosphere that makes their employees feel valued, and excited to come into work each day. Here are ten organizations that are leading the way by going above and beyond to foster interesting and innovative company cultures.
Updater doesn’t just create and maintain a strong company culture for its human employees, it also takes care of its four-legged ones as well, as it was named one of the best dog-friendly companies of 2019 by Rover. Considering it’s been scientifically proven that having dogs around lowers stress levels and can promote calm, we think this is one very smart move.
The Unicorn platform prompts employees to recognize and praise each others’ accomplishments by awarding points and garnering thumbs-ups from other coworkers. Employees can receive regular Unicorn bonuses based on the number of points received at the end of each month, entitling them to a portion of the company’s profits.
The company believes radical transparency is the best way to build trust. The company also values controversial opinions and has adopted a direct and honest style of communication in which both successes and failures are openly discussed. CEO and Co-Founder Jean Charles Samuelian said, “People need to feel valued and I think employees stay because we explain decisions to them and care about their mental health."
Hireology encourages its employees to try out other roles for even just a few hours to help them understand their counterparts’ responsibilities and challenges. Joel Schlundt, Vice President of Engineering at Hireology stated “When you have a blended team, your local staff can help bridge gaps and build empathy.”
To foster a sense of community among its growing pool of employees Zoom has its internal “Happy Crew” that is dedicated to keeping employees happy. The team puts together events like themed days, like Halloween or pet days, where employees can get on a Zoom call and share each other’s costumes or animals in Gallery View. The happiness crew also hosts events that enable employees to introduce someone important in their life to their coworkers so they can showcase where they get their drive and tenacity to be successful.
Martín Migoya, the CEO and co-founder of Globant, said, "We take great pride in creating a workplace that people enjoy coming to everyday, and that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. Our Globers are our number one priority and to know that they feel that we are a top place to work is a tremendous honor."
Internally, ADP places an emphasis on social responsibility, ADP’s associates are involved in over 1,500 corporate social responsibility initiatives around the world, contributing tens of thousands of hours of their time each year. ADP CEO Carlos Rodriguez stated, “At ADP, we see business success and the needs of citizens and communities as inextricably linked – forces that must be in balance in order to drive and achieve forward progress. We also firmly believe that business can and should have a positive impact on the world. That’s why we constantly strive to embed our CSR principles and practices into everything we do.”
TaskUs offers its employees best-in-class employee benefits and states, “However, to us, culture is not just about these benefits; it is about how we come together as a team to produce incredible results.” Because coming together is so important, the company believes in making its offices breathtaking to create a happy and inspirational work environment. This focus on improving the experience of its over 18,000 front-line workers around the world has helped TaskUs achieve half the industry average attrition.
TaskUs also brags that it can infuse a client's culture and brand identity into its own offices to make its employees feel like an extension of its in-house team, no matter where they are.
One of Inc.’s Best Workplaces for both 2020 and 2019, UiPath has a focus on innovation and employee happiness since its founding in 2005. The Romanian robotic process automation unicorn highly values its employees’ psychological safety above all else. In pursuit of this goal, the company encourages employees to keep work and work and to disconnect their mind when they’re at home, in the hope it will create space for inspiration and free-flowing ideas. The company encourages employees to acknowledge and address their fears to help them grow personally and professionally.
CEO Daniel Dines says, “My dream was to build a company that I’d love to work for. My belief is that our workplace should be our playground, and we have made concerted efforts to ensure that UiPath is a place where employees feel inspired, engaged, and happy.”
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Several members of Bento’s leadership team participate in a mentorship program that extends beyond the confines of the workplace in an effort to help employees be more human. This mentorship has influenced the rest of the company and has inspired a culture that is focused on helping and supporting each other.
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