At Dale Carnegie Training of Vermont, we thrive on celebrating success! We therefore applaud the companies named as the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018 presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The common denominator driving these organizations’ rise to top workplace stature is comprised of their stellar policies and practices, and their employees’ overall opinions of their workplace experience. The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in March.
The list of total companies grows each year, up from 45 last year. It provides proof that many employees are happy with their place of employment in Vermont as John Boutin, Publisher, Vermont Business Magazine, stated, “The employers have created a work environment where the employees love to come to work. This list is a testament to the fantastic companies here in Vermont.”
Regardless of an organization’s size, strong and positive workplaces enable companies to recruit and retain top talent because they are differentiated from a sea of simply so-so environments. This year’s 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont list represents organizations in which everyone enjoys working hard and few ever want to leave.
Here are three ways to improve your company’s workplace and ultimately increase retention rates.
- Infuse the workplace with fun. Dale Carnegie said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” Giving employees the opportunity to enjoy themselves creates a happier and healthier environment. Such initiatives need not be costly, elaborate events. Team-building activities not only foster such fun, but strengthen employees’ collaboration skills and confidence levels.
- Focus on flexibility. When employees were asked why they wanted flexible work options in a FlexJobs study, 74% said work-life balance. Countless studies prove that flexible work options are very important to employees of all ages. The reasons most frequently given are time and cost savings, and a reduction in commute stress.
If offering flexible work options is not a viable option, there are other perks employees value such as offering paternity leave or tuition reimbursement and/or scholarships. Allowing employees to volunteer for a cause near and dear to them, or via a corporate partnership, for a day or two per year is appealing to many employees who want to contribute to the greater good of their local communities.
- Recognize and reward. Sadly, only one third of U.S. employees strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work according to Gallup. Dale Carnegie’s 9th principle, ‘Make the other person feel important—and do it sincerely,’ is one surefire way to recognize stellar teamwork. It costs very little yet pays huge dividends in terms of camaraderie and loyalty.
If you’re a leader within your organization who strives to see your employer rank on this list, check out all Dale Carnegie courses and our iMap Process through which we partner with companies in 85 countries to create outside-the-box ways to win the hearts, and minds, of employees.