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The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For

The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For

Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of employees who would gladly trade your company for just about any other on the planet? Then you may want to start checking the online job postings at these 20 organizations because they have a reputation for being super places to work.

1. Google

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    Not only does Google consistently make the list of the best employers on the planet, but having the corporation name on your resume will do wonders if you decide to leave. Of course, why would you? Google offers so many perks including complimentary gourmet snacks 24/7, pooches that are welcomed with open arms and health benefits for new moms that it would be silly to simply get up and leave without a darn good reason.

    2. Citrix

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      Software can be an exciting industry, especially when you’re working for a place like Citrix. Employees can have the freedom to move around the campus and switch workspaces as they need. Not only does this foster creativity, but it allows them to keep from getting bored. Citrix has also regularly shown a propensity for being on the cutting edge of modern workplace design trends. Foosball, anyone?

      3. Procter and Gamble (P&G)

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        Located in the Midwest, P&G is known for its niceness to personnel. Some workers can even do their jobs from their homes, at least part time. Managerial training is a help for persons who want to further their careers but on someone else’s dime! At the holidays, it’s reputed that everyone who works at P&G gets a big box of brand-name goodies. That’s a gift that’s definitely useful!

        4. Disney

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          Disney is more than Disney World or Disney Land; it’s a total philosophy of fun, adventure and excitement. You can work for Disney almost anywhere around the globe, because the company has centers on almost every continent. No matter where you’re located, you can expect to get the benefits that come with working for Disney, such as Theme Park admissions, free food and sneak previews of the latest upcoming attractions! There’s nothing goofy about that!

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          5. Apple

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            We certainly couldn’t leave out Apple on a top 20 places to work list! Steve Jobs may no longer be at the head of this megalithic corporation, but his legacy lives on. Word on the street has it that when you become an Apple employee, you get the advantage of being able to push yourself to new levels of success. Apple has high standards, so slackers beware: This is a company where determination will pay off, and coworkers have a reason to collaborate.

            6. Wegmans

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              Who would have thought that a supermarket would make the top places that individuals want to work? It turns out that Wegmans treats its people the right way. From full benefits for part-time workers to scholarships for those going back to school, Wegmans has a strategy of bettering everyone who steps through their doors.

              7. Chevron

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                As one of the leading gas suppliers, Chevron is a household name. It’s also a great employer. One of the biggest perks is that they truly focus on work/life balance. That’s why the benefits packages are comprehensive, whether you want to find the best specialist or just connect with a different general physician.

                8. Chick-fil-A

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                  Chick-fil-A is a terrific story of a small company that made huge advances over the years without giving in to pressures to change. Not only does the company stand by its policy that restaurants shouldn’t be open on Sundays, but it encourages all employees to continuously give back to their communities. Employees site flexible working hours and internal promotion opportunities as reasons to definitely stay with this business.

                  9. Facebook

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                    You knew it wouldn’t be long before a social media giant was added to this listing! Facebook boasts as cool a working environment as you’d expect. First, everyone is ALLOWED to be on social media! After all, it’s part of the business. Free bikes take employees around to the different areas, there are no private offices and the whole campus is like a little city with restaurants, dry cleaners, etc. Be amazed and work for the best at Facebook while being your best. As they say on the company’s careers page: “We don’t have rules. We have values.”

                    10. Twitter

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                      Not to be outdone by its social media competition, Twitter is also in the running as an awesome place to call your home-away-from-home. Oh, and if you feel like taking a vacation, just do it. They don’t record how much time you need. #SeriouslyCoolPlace.

                      11. Bain & Company

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                        If you haven’t heard of Bain & Company before, you need to pay attention. Bain is a consulting company whose workers appreciate that they are more than just cogs in a wheel. Their achievements become part of the company’s legacy, and they are truly thanked for what they do with excellent salaries. It’s especially liked among female employees who feel that they are well-represented and their unique desires and needs are understood.

                        12. WebpageFX

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                          This is another example of a small company that’s on an enormous growth trajectory. Over the past few years, WebpageFX has taken the world of web development and marketing by storm. Employees get to dress casually, take advantage of flex hours, and work in an ultra-hip office space. Bonuses are made available, and humor is always on the menu!

                          13. LinkedIn

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                            Want to drive a scooter in or even around your workplace? Snag a job at LinkedIn! There, your workload will be offset with cube decorating contests, impromptu jokes with super-smart colleagues and fundraising events sponsored by the company. It seems that LinkedIn has a philosophy akin to “work hard, play hard.”

                             

                            14. Mayo Clinic

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                              For people who desire to make a difference every single day, the Mayo Clinic offers the ideal working atmosphere. There, careers seem to change lives. Anyone who is truly fond of research and science can’t help but become well-rounded and better educated when employed at the Mayo Clinic.

                              15. eBay

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                                eBay has been around for quite some time, but make no mistake: It’s as progressive a company as any other. Some of the locations even offer free oil changes and dry cleaning pick up and drop off! That’s definitely conducive to some happy balance between working and home life.

                                16. National Instruments

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                                  Are you craving a workplace in the tech and manufacturing realm that doesn’t treat you as if you’re a number? National Instruments wins kudos from employees every year because of its desire to make sure its people are working on projects they care about. The word “fun” seems to come up quite a bit when workers discuss their experiences with National Instruments… and that’s always a positive sign!

                                  17. CareerBuilder

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                                    As its name implies, CareerBuilder is more than a place to go for 8-9 hours a day. It’s a place to make a mark. The executive team is big on training, so you can expect to learn as much as you can while you’re a worker. A $400 reimbursement for wellness, including gym memberships, will keep you physically fit. Oh, and if you hit the numbers assigned to you, an all-expense-paid trip may be yours!

                                    18. Quicken Loans

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                                      Quicken Loans might be a pretty big corporation, but it doesn’t forget the little guys and gals who are at the heart of the company. From barbeques to free tickets to sports games, it’s a good time to be working for Quicken! Additionally, if you refer a customer to the company, you’ll get a nice bonus in your paycheck!

                                      19. Ultimate Software

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                                        It’s hard to miss the rows of icons stating that Ultimate Software has won awards as a top employer year after year. And no wonder – their health insurance coverage even extends to same sex partners, they have massages onsite and you might have the chance to win in an inter-departmental bowling challenge!

                                        20. Zappos.com

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                                          Rounding out the top 20 most enjoyable companies to work for is Zappos.com. Zappos considers its team members to be a part of the family, and they treat every day like a celebration.  This means there’s no dearth of enjoyment to be had when you’re going to work. In fact, it might feel more like going to an amusement park. As one employee said quite succinctly, the company culture was “perfect”. ‘Nuff said.

                                          Now it’s time to beef up your resume, go buy a new interview outfit and hitch your wagon to a star employer!

                                          Featured photo credit: Kevin Krejci via flickr.com

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                                          Published on March 20, 2019

                                          How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                          How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                          Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                                          As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                                          While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                                          What is a Mission Statement?

                                          Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                                          In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                                          “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                                          In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                                          Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                                          While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                                          First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                                          While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                                          While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                                          “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                                          This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                                          What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                                          When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                                          Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                                          When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                                          • What we do?
                                          • How we do it?
                                          • Whom do we do it for?
                                          • What value are we bringing?

                                          Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                                          After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                                          What we do? Provide widgets.

                                          How we do it? Online.

                                          Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                                          What value we bring? The best widgets.

                                          The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                                          Compare that mission statement to this one:

                                          “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                                          What’s the difference?

                                          Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                                          Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                                          You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                                          A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                                          Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                                          1. Keep It Brief

                                          Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                                          You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                                          2. Have a Purpose

                                          A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                                          Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                                          3. Include a “How”

                                          Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                                          How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                                          4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                                          This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                                          Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                                          5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                                          It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                                          Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                                          6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                                          Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                                          7. Think Long Term

                                          A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                                          8. Get Feedback

                                          This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                                          Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                                          9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                                          You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                                          First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                                          And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                                          For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                                          The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                                          It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                                          First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                                          If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                                          Strategic Planning

                                          A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                                          Measuring Performance

                                          By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                                          Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                                          Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                                          Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                                          As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                                          Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                                          To Hold Management Accountable

                                          By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                                          So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                                          If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                                          To Serve as an Example

                                          This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                                          After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                                          Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                                          Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                                          Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                                          That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                                          By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
                                          [2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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