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Sometimes a job is more than just a job. It’s a place where people feel appreciated, respected, inspired — and maybe even participate in an ugly sweater contest or two.

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The community bank’s CEO calls every new employee, fostering a caring atmosphere where staffers are eager to serve customers.

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Freedom to work from home and plentiful snacks are just some of the ways the Cambridge online marketing company aims to accommodate employees.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/p41_Energi.jpg Energi selected as the No. 1 medium-size company

To attract the best and brightest, the Peabody insurance company empowers employees to speak their mind and gives them room to collaborate.

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The Cambridge database cleanup firm’s chief executive strives for an office meritocracy, not a rigid hierarchy.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/151020_KDB_SPOUSES_0005.jpg Why having a ‘work spouse’ can improve your productivity

Friendships provide support and motivation at the office.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/mag1115%20dis.jpg In a 24/7 world, disconnecting from work requires some creativity

With technology making it harder than ever to stop working, some companies have implemented policies that inspire employees to take a break.

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The Cambridge online marketing company endures a corporate ethics scandal.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/mindful15alt-2207--90x90.jpg Mindfulness exercises help workers overcome stress

Meditation and other stress-reducing strategies have become popular workplace practices.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/09/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/mag1115char%20A1%202.jpg How to use your professional expertise to help charities

Instead of swinging hammers, volunteers are sharing their work skills to help nonprofits with everything from websites to spreadsheets.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/minwage15alt-2213--90x90.jpg Why one company voluntarily boosted its minimum wage to $15 an hour

The CEO of North Billerica’s Curriculum Associates made the call to boost warehouse and clerical workers’ pay to $15 an hour.

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Behind the scenes of the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’

As information piles up, the demand for expert data analysis is rising.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/app15altcrop-2219.jpg The worker happiness app

At the touch of a button, a Quincy funeral home gauges employee satisfaction.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/pingpongPerks15altcrop-2168.jpg Playing Ping-Pong against Gronk and other real office perks

From rolling robots to shooting ranges, some employees have it good.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/10/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/everquote15altcrop-2180.jpg The motivational power of ugly sweaters

Flowers for new hires, sing-a-longs, and stuffed goats are just some of the traditions at businesses around the region.

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