Try These "Best Companies" Practices

Fortune magazine published its annual list of "100 Best Companies" list earlier this month. 

Here are some of the things the companies on that list are doing to attract and retain employees.  Many of these programs and activities take little to no investment.  But, they all can only happen when there's strong leadership at the company's helm.

Try some of these in your workplace this year:

  • Mentoring programs, especially for new employees
  • Volunteer opportunities/days
  • Lunches with the CEO or president
  • On-site wellness fairs
  • Pep rallies
  • Telecommuting programs
  • Summer picnics for employees and their families
  • Retention bonuses
  • Lending libraries
  • Unlimited sick days
  • Employee team sports after hours, such as bowling and baseball
  • On-site child care services
  • Awarding vacation time in exchange for community volunteering time
  • Employee pot-luck breakfasts
  • Monthly birthday parties
  • On-site fitness equipment
  • Frequent town hall meetings with upper management
  • Subsidized gym memberships
  • Leadership development programs
  • Time given to employees to spend on work related items outside their job description
  • Employee Blogging programs
  • Suggestion boxes
  • Milk and cookie socials
  • Computer classes to prepare employees for higher-paying positions
  • Sabbatical programs
Pick up a copy of Fortune's February 8, 2010 issue for the complete list of best companies.

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