Each year, publications and businesses including Forbes, Glassdoor, and Great Place to Work compile lists of the best companies to work for in the U.S. Typically, these lists include very large, very recognizable companies. As such, if you own and operate a small- or mid-sized business, you might feel that you don’t have much to learn from these lists. The common assumption is that a “best places to work” list is more for a job seeker's use than for an employer’s. In truth, employers of all sizes can learn a lot from looking at these lists, researching the companies that rank highly, and taking note of the policies and hiring practices that have led these businesses to such acclaim.
In this white paper, we review the most recent “best workplaces” lists from Forbes, Glassdoor, and Great Place to Work to determine what makes a terrific workplace—with takeaways for employers of any size.