This year marks a turning point for the economy and renewed interest in the pursuit of greener grasses. Nominations are now in for the Globe’s “Top places to work” annual listing for 2014. Results to follow this fall.
Last year’s top honors went to firms such as the Analysis Group in Boston, ALKU in Andover and our own Institute for Savings here in Newburyport.
The Institute for Savings provides forward thinking benefits such as a progressive profit share program, an onsite gym and family first attitude among management. Matter Communications in Newburyport was also named as having a strong culture.
Analysis Group claimed the number one spot for the second year in a row among large companies in the Top Places to Work survey. Analysis Group provides such expert testimony and consulting for law firms. Its nearly 600 employees are heavy on graduate degrees and data-crunching expertise and work from nine US offices and two overseas.
Firms are divided into three groups by company size, and once nominated independent interviews and surveys are given.
These types of awards are a healthy way to keep employees aware of what their options are. Also they should motivate human resource departments and CEOs to continually do more in their efforts to stay competitive in the market and get better each year at finding the best balance on issues like profit share and work/life integration.
Employee engagement and retention is a key factor in the success of both startups and centenarians and it should continue to evolve and improve over time.