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.
Photo-illustration by Ryan Huddle/Globe Staff
Being considered for our annual Top Places to Work list is fairly straightforward: Employees fill out an anonymous survey, and the more positive they are about their company, the higher it ranks.
But making the cut is no small feat.
Every year, The Boston Globe partners with WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, Pennsylvania, specialists in employee engagement and retention, to survey workers around the state. Of the 2,178 companies invited to participate this year, 357 went all the way through the process. Nearly 77,000 employees completed confidential surveys, rating their employers based on 24 statements about direction, execution, connection, management, work, pay and benefits, and engagement.
The employers are placed into one of four groups: small, with 50 to 99 employees; medium, with 100 to 249 workers; large, with 250 to 999; and largest, with 1,000 or more.
But all the winners share a few key traits: treating workers well, giving them a voice, and encouraging them to have some fun while they’re at it.
For Shire PLC’s more than 3,000 employees in Massachusetts, now comes the waiting.Continue reading »
Food safety experts say convenience greens carry an extra risk because they come in contact with more people and machinery before they arrive on your plate.Continue reading »
The chain where the Singapore Sling was invented will build in Back Bay.Continue reading »
Officials will spend $15 million to design and study the feasibility of a “people mover” like the trains or monorails used at other busy airports.Continue reading »
A high-stakes game of chicken is being played out in Everett, and the newly expanded board of Wynn Resorts may be the key to the fate of the $2.5 billion project.Continue reading »
And the increases will wipe out any gains lower-income Americans got from the recently passed tax cuts, analysts say.Continue reading »
The little-known company, a comparison shopping site for auto insurance, looks almost nothing like a hot consumer technology firm.Continue reading »
The debate in Boston had been largely civil — at least compared to lawsuits and loud protests in cities such as New York and Los Angeles — until last week.Continue reading »
Seema Verma expressed support for an idea backed by many conservatives: implementing limits on Medicaid spending.Continue reading »