Vol. 51, No. 7
The 2006 Edition
At great companies, executives use their ears for more than just holding up their sunglasses. These business leaders listen. They also actively encourage employees to talk -- to each other, to executives, to customers. And they expect employees to listen as well -- to a variety of important information that is shared in sometimes very creative ways.
When we listened to employees at these companies, we heard a welcome sigh of relief. They appreciate being heard, being involved and knowing that their efforts help drive the company forward. In short, they feel like part of the team. And they like it. Such is the power of dialogue. Without it, employees cant see executives vision for the company, and leaders cant engender among workers a sense of ownership in company initiatives.
With it, everyone gets on the same page -- and organizational flexibility, corporate agility and teamwork are all boosted. To see some of the practical and creative ways that great companies both talk and listen to employees, read our feature article by Senior Writer Ann Pomeroy. To see how you stack up against the nations best small and medium employers in other key areas, see detailed (and sortable) data on all 50 companies on this year's list, as well as profiles of select companies that caught our eye.
There is a lot of great material here, including photos of these companies, view samples of the materials they use to communicate with their workers, access a sort able version of this years list, or see video clips in which workers tell you -- in their own words -- about the remarkable people and places where they work. To jump directly to the parts that interest you most, please select from the menu below.