The 7 Best Tech Companies to Work For in 2014…And Why

Early this year, Lisa Bernier, a freelance writer who has written for a number of respected publications, compiled a list of The 7 Best Tech Companies to Work for in a Mashable article that was shared over eleven thousand times.

We want to take a look into what make these companies amazing places to work for and what other companies (maybe even yours) can learn from their employee engagement policies.

So, who made the list?

  1. Elite SEM – Search engine marketing
  2. Interactive Intelligence – Global provider of call center technologies and software solutions
  3. Twitter – An introduction is probably not necessary for this online social networking and microblogging giant
  4. 360i – Digital agency specializing in search engine marketing, social media, mobile marketing, and web design and development
  5. Text100 – Digital marketing agency that creates communications campaigns
  6. Crowdtap – Social Influence Marketing platform
  7. Google – One of most admired companies in the entire world

Unless you’re in the market for a new tech job and searching for places to submit a resume, the more important takeaway here is to learn something about what it takes to create a great company.

What makes these companies great places to work?

These companies all do a remarkable job of showing their employees how much they are appreciated. By creating an environment that fosters the advancement of their employee’s careers, leading companies yield an engaged, loyal, and productive workforce. This has worked so well for Elite SEM that they have had no turnover since their inception in 2004.

The ability to maintain an engaged workforce through employees who genuinely feel appreciated and inspired can result in higher profit margins for companies.  This is due to the strong relationship that exists between the financial performance of a company and employee engagement. Higher levels of commitment from employees who feel like their work is valued tends to increase office efficiency. In addition, it creates a culture of hardworking employees who feel connected to one another.

Engaged employees have 18% higher productivity and 60% higher quality work than under-engaged employees (Insync Survey).

While excellent salaries and benefits, effective leadership, and an emphasis on work-life balance are major factors making these companies pleasant to work for, unconventional, but highly effective, incentives are also utilized heavily by these innovative companies.

Elite SEM takes its staff on an annual “Fun Week” – during which employees are treated to a seven-day vacation with recreational activities. This use of incentive travel creates memorable experiences as a reward to valued employees and is proven to be more effective at motivating employees, increasing sales and strengthening employee loyalty than cash rewards. The emotional and psychological importance employees place on non-cash rewards can be far greater and remembered much longer than cash bonuses. Merchandise awards can produce a similar effect when the budget for travel is not present.

Other notable ways these companies create happy employees include: book clubs, telecommuting options, profit sharing, flexibility in schedules, and impromptu days off when necessary. Google has become very well known for having amazing on-site facilities including sports complexes, 24/7 gyms, free food, and free laundry/dry cleaning services. Possibly the most fascinating benefit that Google extends relates to the death of employees. If an employee passes away during their employment, the company will pay 50% of the salary of that employee to their spouse or domestic partner for a full decade!

Employees that feel valued and appreciated exert greater effort, stay with companies longer and are strong brand advocates. The businesses on this list understand and leverage this power to their advantage.

For more on employee engagement, check out this fascinating study of The 10 US Cities with The Highest Levels of Employee Engagement.

By JNR Corp

Written by Stephanie Thomas

This Year’s Top 25 US Travel Destinations

Spring is in full bloom and the sizzling summer is just a few short weeks away, so it’s the ideal time to discuss the 25 most popular 2013 travel destinations in America according to a TripAdvisor poll.

These fabulous cities can provide the perfect setting for your personal vacation with family or your next incentive travel, group travel, meeting, or conference for employees, channel members, and customers. Domestic travel represents a more cost effective and less risky approach to increasing employee engagement, channel effectiveness and customer loyalty than planning international trips.

Millions of users were surveyed on their favorite places in the world to travel to compile this intriguing list. While much of the list will be unsurprising to you, there are a few choices that might take you by surprise.

Without further ado, I present the “25 Most Popular Travel Destinations In America” list along with a few recommended “can’t miss” attractions in or near each city!

25.   Houston, TX – Bayou Place, The Galleria Mall, and The Johnson Space Center

24.   Naples, FL – The Naples Botanical Gardens, Keewaydin Club and Naples Depot

23.   Palm Springs, CA – Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Joshua Tree National Park, Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

22.   Kailua-Kona, HI – Huliheʻe Palace, Aliʻi Drive, Kahaluʻu Bay

21.   Myrtle Beach, SC – Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, The Carolina Opry, Myrtle Waves,

20.   Philadelphia, PA – The Liberty Bell, Rocky Statue, Independence Hall

19.   Portland, OR – Portland Art Museum, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland Opera

18.   Lahaina, HI – Front Street, Plantation Golf Course at Kapalua, Hokoji Shingon Mission

17.   San Antonio, TX – The Alamo, River Walk, SeaWorld

16.   Napa, CA – Wineries of the Napa Valley, Napa Valley Opera House, Carpe Diem Wine Bar

15.   Charleston, SC – The Charleston Museum, The Dock Street Theatre, Allan Park

14.   Savannah, GA – Tybee Island Light Station, Savannah Historic District, The German Memorial Fountain

13.   Sedona, AZ – Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, Sedona International Film Festival

12.   Miami, FL – South Beach, Coconut Grove, Brickell Key

 

11.   Seattle, WA – The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Lake Union

10.   New Orleans, LA – Bourbon Street, French Quarter, Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

9.       Honolulu, HI – Diamond Head, Waikīkī, Makapuʻu Beach

8.       Los Angeles, CA – Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, Dodger Stadium

7.       Boston, MA – Fenway Park, Bunker Hill, Harvard Square

6.       Washington, D.C. – The White House, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial

 

5.       Orlando, FL – Disneyworld, SeaWorld, Universal Studios

4.       Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, Stratosphere Tower

3.       Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field, Millennium Park, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

2.       San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury

1.       New York City, NY– Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center