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“TopU.S. companies succeed by using smart people-management strategies to develop highly productive and satisfied workforces,” said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger. “Particularly in times of economic instability, knowing how to best manage your employees is an essential part of keeping productivity high and your organization open for business. That’s why these winners deserve our applause, now more than ever.”
“The ranking of these 50 top organizations is based upon a random survey of their employees, who send us answers to a detailed questionnaire about workplace culture,” said Hal Adler, Great Place to Work Institute president. “We then analyze those responses in conjunction with other factors to create the ranking. It’s the same approach we use in creating our ’FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For®’ list.”
Society for Human Resource Management 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America winners range in size from 50 to 999 workers, with “small” being a workforce of 50-250 and “medium” employing from 251 to 999. This year, 321 companies participated in the selection process. That process included distribution of a 57-question survey to each organization’s workforce and a separate questionnaire for management. The institute then reviewed each company’s annual reports, employee handbooks and other materials.
Employee-survey responses (a total of 44,258 this year) counted for two-thirds of each organization’s score. The remaining one-third came from the institute’s evaluation of the company in five areas: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. This year’s top winners are Dixon Schwabl in the small category, and Ultimate Software in medium-sized.
• Dixon Schwabl is an advertising firm from Victor, New York. The tagline "We make it happen" reflects the positive, proactive nature of life at Dixon Schwabl, and they hire people committed to the cause. The design of the facility is aimed to inspire creativity and be conducive to brainstorming and team activities. New employees are placed in rotating teams of five to eight employees who create fun and meaningful monthly events for the entire agency, to keep the creative culture top-of-mind. Team meetings are daily; agency meetings are weekly—so at least six times per week information is routinely shared, both good and bad.
• Ultimate Software is an information technology company based in Weston, Florida. Two of the main themes at Ultimate Software are employee recognition and sports—CEO Scott Scherr sees himself as the “coach” and his employees as “first round draft picks.” This theme plays out at all levels of the organization—from dinner with the senior executive team on a new employee’s first day of orientation, to employee ”MVP” jerseys hanging in the custom-designed basketball atrium (dubbed the ”UltiCourt”), which was built after an employee suggested it as a way to celebrate reaching the goal of $100 million in revenue. Each MVP employee is nominated by peers for representing "the passion, dedication, personality, attitude and work ethics that everyone at Ultimate should possess" and is awarded two first-class tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. and Mexico, plus $500 cash.
The complete list of winner follows:
Top 25 Small Winners
Top 25 Medium Winners
Full coverage of the award ceremony and other details are available online at
www.shrm.org. Stories about the winning organizations will appear in the July issue of
HR Magazine, SHRM's flagship publication with a circulation of 210,000 (http://www.shrm.org/hrmagazine) The organizations will also be listed at
http://www.greatplacetowork.com. To schedule interviews, please contact the individuals at the top of the release.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 245,000 members in over 130 countries, the society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the U.S. and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM at
The Great Place to Work® Institute Inc. is an international research and consulting firm dedicated to building great workplaces. The institute uses its employee survey and assessment process to select the companies appearing on the annual ‘Society for Human Resource Management Top 50 Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America’ list and ‘FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For®’ list. In addition to its global headquarters in San Francisco, the institute has 29 affiliates in countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
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