Great workplace lists pop up all over the place these days. Organizations vie for a spot on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For or the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small and Medium Sized Companies. Then there are the plethora of local lists, like the West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For that has honored Baudville the past four years.
At Baudville, there is a distinct level of pride when we announce another successful year as a 101 Best and Brightest Company. We celebrate the achievement as a team with a casual day and often a special treat. This time, we enjoyed delicious pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company. Yum!
But the designation of a great workplace means a lot more than a slice of pie or an award plaque.
Being named a great company makes our employees feel great, and that’s something our company (like other greats) can take to the bank. When your organization is great, your people are great. When your people are great, their work is great, and that makes your company even greater. Catch my drift?
Employees want to feel a part of something bigger than themselves. Take a look at any of the research conducted on the Gen Y workers, and you’ll notice that this generation desires to make a difference in their work lives. Whether or not they find meaning in their job influences where they choose to work and more importantly, where they choose to stay.
Wanting to make a difference may be a characteristic of Gen Y, but it’s a common motivator for the other generations, too. When your workplace is great, it shows in the attitudes, performance and retention of your employees. Ultimately, it can really pay off.
Creating a great workplace and a positive culture doesn’t happen over night, and it requires a holistic human resource strategy based on industry best practices. Thankfully, there’s lots of information available to give you ideas and suggestions, and loads of interested and knowledgeable people on social media willing to give you advice. And then there’s Baudville. We’re here, on Twitter and Facebook ready to walk the talk and share our ideas. After all, we think they’re pretty great.
Cori is a Certified Recognition Professional at Baudville and a member of the Gen Y generation. Get her daily employee recognition tips by becoming a fan of Baudville on Facebook.