FYR: America’s Happiest Companies

What a coincidence that the day I post a column about how Gen-Y’ers will focus more on morale than profits, Forbes has an article on America’s happiest companies. These companies are rare examples, but in 20 years, these practices will be standard and exist for most companies. I can’t wait!
Forbes: America’s Happiest Companies

And if you haven’t checked out my column yet, it’s here:
Generation “Y” for “Yeah, we’re kind of a big deal.”

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2 Responses to FYR: America’s Happiest Companies

  1. Abigail says:

    I worked for a company who offered gay partner benefits; a 35-hour work week; flexible starting and ending times; free soft drinks, coffee and bottled water; company outings, including a day at the AA ball park, a summer potluck picnic, Christmas party, potluck lunches once a month and random cookout lunches during the warmer months. But most everyone who worked there was miserable. Throwing perks at employees doesn’t mean you value them and being valued is what makes an employee productive and happy. In my humble opinion.

    • elissasblog says:

      Those are great perks! But if the employees were still miserable, the company has some pretty big issues. The company still hasn’t created an environment where people actually want to come to work, because they are enjoying the work and feeling challenged and valued. I mentioned pointless meetings, talking heads and corporate bullshit. All of that creates bottlenecks and dead weight, which sucks when you have highly motivated employees who just want to do their work and go home. If all of the perks you mentioned still didn’t make employees happy, then the company has bigger issues than a potluck lunch can fix.

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