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The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For

The 20 Most Enjoyable Companies to Work For
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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 July 27, 2021

                                          15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

                                          15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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                                          During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

                                          But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

                                          Put the Pro in Professional

                                          After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

                                          1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

                                          The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

                                          Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

                                          2. Dress the Part

                                          While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

                                          Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

                                          For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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                                          Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

                                          3. Stage Your Workspace

                                          Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

                                          Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

                                          4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

                                          Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

                                          Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

                                          Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

                                          Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

                                          5. Arrive on Time

                                          In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

                                          Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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                                          6. Turn on Your Video

                                          Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

                                          If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

                                          Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

                                          7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

                                          Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

                                          Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

                                          Attend to the Pesky Details

                                          8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

                                          With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

                                          Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

                                          9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

                                          Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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                                          Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

                                          10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

                                          As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

                                          Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

                                          Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

                                          Talking Has a Time and a Place

                                          11. Chat Appropriately

                                          Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

                                          At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

                                          12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

                                          The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

                                          Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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                                          13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

                                          In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

                                          Manage Yourself

                                          14. Minimize Distractions

                                          While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

                                          Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

                                          15. Save Snacking for Later

                                          Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

                                          However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

                                          Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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