By / June 8, 2017
The saying goes, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” As great of a notion as that may be, it simply isn’t true. With almost 126 million people employed in a full-time capacity as of May 2017, it is obvious that working is in the forefront of American culture.
Still, companies are becoming increasingly aware of the significance of creating a hospitable and happy work environment for their employees. What formerly came down to the bare bones necessity of paying working wages, offering some time off and possibly insurance, are almost a given in the workplace. Now, employees are interested in the companies that will help them grow, both professionally and personally, the employers that help cultivate an energetic atmosphere and perks that go above and beyond the expectations of employees even 10 years ago.
Now, there are companies that focus solely on tracking the employee happiness of other businesses, such as CareerBliss. For the past 7 years, CareerBliss has taken thousands of reviews into consideration, as they comb through the various decision-making identifiers that make employees “truly happy.” Employers are rated on the work environment they provide, their management team’s relationship with employees, the opportunities for growth within their company and of course, compensation.
And while most people would immediately draw the conclusions that tech companies would be at the top of the list, as the years pass, people are realizing the rise of culture-forward companies in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors. These companies are consistently achieving “bliss scores” in the top 20 of all companies, putting them higher on the list of “Happiest Companies to Work For” year after year. Just this year pharmaceutical giants Bristol-Myers Squibb and Amgen, Inc., led the way as the top two spots for happiest companies, followed by Keller Williams Realty. Within the top 50, the first tech company to make the mark is Adobe Systems, Inc. in the #6 slot.
Though the tech titan, Apple, Inc., came in #10 for happiest tech companies, it was given the ranking of #31 when compared to all other enterprises; which is surprising due to the fact that Apple is one of the companies most fervently heard about in the company culture space.
So what does this all mean? Does it indicate that those not bestowed a title on CareerBliss’ annual ranking aren’t passionate for their employees and offer a sub-par environment to work within? Hardly. Still, while there are many factors to consider, such as how many employees engage in the reviews that provide the data in the first place, these are invaluable reports for companies to have.
For companies such as Visa, Inc., that improved their rankings from 44 to 4 within one year, the insights, results and feedback from reports such as CareerBliss can help to propel the workplace culture of a company significantly.
Ultimately, we have no doubt at Ideal Outcomes that improving company culture is not only the admirable way to run a company- but the future for those that truly wish to see growth and success. Utilizing the feedback from employees, internal reviews and external evaluations will help companies to enhance their workplace happiness rankings and experience higher productivity all around.