Top Places to Work

A happy, motivated workplace

Business editor Mark Pothier
Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Business editor Mark Pothier

The businesses that fared well in our annual Top Places to Work survey know how to keep employees happy on the job. Yes, happy. And motivated. A decent paycheck helps. So do less obvious things such as communication, creativity, and corporate responsibility.

Top companies usually offer benefits that include generous vacation policies, health plans, and 401(k) matches. But they also connect through perks such as treadmill desks, on-the-spot smoothies, and beer brewed by and for employees. In return, employers get motivated, productive, and satisfied workers. It’s like any good relationship — both parties have to be invested.

Our research partner, WorkplaceDynamics, heard from more than 73,000 employees around the state. The firm, which conducts similar surveys in 43 other US cities, found employees here are generally more upbeat about their companies than those who work elsewhere. Some even had kind words for senior managers.

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My kind words are reserved for Katie Johnston, whose planning and follow-through really made this magazine happen. Thanks again, Katie.