It’s safe to say the way we work is being transformed like never before. Corporate practices that have been set in stone for decades — going to an office every day, living near your place of employment, trying to make it seem like your family doesn’t come first — have been upended by the pandemic.
And by and large, it’s workers who are reaping the rewards.
Realizing how productive, and happy, so many employees have been working from home, when their jobs allow for it, employers are letting them work remotely more often and maintain more flexible hours. Seeing people dealing with their children and pets and personal lives over Zoom has made managers realize how much more support they could be giving their staffs in terms of child care.
Employers are increasingly aware their companies don’t exist in a bubble and they need to respond to workers’ needs, as well as to societal changes, especially during these unprecedented times of racial unrest and political upheaval, not to mention a global health crisis. This means doing more to support employees’ mental health and expanding efforts to diversify their staffs to include, learn from, and promote people of all ethnicities and orientations.
Of course, these efforts are self-serving, too. In the midst of a historic wave of resignations and a full-blown hiring crisis, employers know they have to pull out all the stops to attract new employees, as well as to keep the ones they have. And the companies that made The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work list this year are going gangbusters.
Managers are washing their employees’ cars and delivering champagne to their doors. Parenting coaches are being brought in and free therapy sessions are being offered. Some companies are conducting no-holds-barred “stay interviews” to figure out how to better support existing employees.
To compile our 14th annual Top Places to Work list, the Globe partnered with Energage, the Exton, Pennsylvania-based employee research and consulting firm, to administer anonymous employee surveys rating companies on their flexibility, leadership, values, and more. More than 80,000 employees at 363 companies in Massachusetts participated and 150 employers came out on top, including prominent newcomers such as Encore Boston Harbor and Boston Medical Center Health System. The winners are broken down into four size categories: largest, with 1,000 or more employees; large, with 250-999 employees; medium, with 100-249; and small, with 50-99.
Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School, calls this moment a “work revolution.” And the companies that are really responding to their employees’ needs — the ones willing to ask workers what they want, adjust their policies to fit the moment, and truly put their people first — will be the ones leading the charge.
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