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“The magic is in the people who work for you,” said Aron Ain, 56, chief executive of Kronos, based in Chelmsford.

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“The magic is in the people who work for you,” said Aron Ain, 56, chief executive of Kronos, based in Chelmsford.

Executives get back in the trenches at the companies they run

Officials shared secrets to making workers happy at the highest-ranked companies in this year’s Top Places to Work survey. By Katie Johnston

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Employees recount moments that made them appreciate where they work.

Globe Staff

Here are the companies that scored the highest in terms of appreciation, ethics, management, and motivation.

Appreciation

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Employees are recognized for sales as well as accomplishments like dressing well and having a good attitude.

Ethics

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/greenhouse_16special-Hammond.-2_business.jpg Hammond Residential Real Estate committed to ‘what is right’

“It’s setting the standard of taking the high road and to always do what is right,” said cofounder Saul Cohen.

Management

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The supermarket chain has 4,700 workers, and the average job tenure of a full-time employee is more than 11 years.

Motivation

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BBS gives new hires a welcome packet that clearly defines the sales goals and skills they must demonstrate to progress.

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Employees want more authenticity, involvement and control, and they expect higher-ups to roll up their sleeves.

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We polled area residents on their annual salaries, and threw in a few local notables and celebrities, too.

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What does a punchy yellow tie or a pair of leopard-print Jimmy Choos say about an executive? You’d be surprised.

Top Places to Work

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Some employees let workers take naps, some give out treats, and some help employees brew their own beer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/10/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/greenhouse_16lovemyjob-rendon-3_business.jpg These workers love their jobs

Some love to help others, some relish the intellectial stimulation, and some want to help their companies grow.

Miss Conduct

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The advice columnist weighs in on nitpicky potluck organizers, passive-aggressive co-workers, and career hopping.

Methodology

How we chose the top places to work

So how exactly does a company become named a top place to work?

2014 Top Places to Work rankings

Letter from the business editor

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A decent paycheck helps. So do things such as communication, creativity, and corporate responsibility.

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Game Changers

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Market Basket in turmoil

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

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