Article written by Melanie Price (Original Article - Great Place to Work US)
You can’t visit LinkedIn without seeing a company sharing news of an award it received for innovation, leadership, partnership or anything else under the sun. We live in an age of trophies and ribbons and while companies should celebrate every accomplishment and award they receive, the fact is that some company awards matter more than others. Especially when it comes to deciding where you want to work.
Great Place to Work has been surveying employees for close to 30 years and is recognized as the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation. A company is Great Place to Work-Certified when a team of data scientists determine that it out-performs other companies across a range of criteria, and that the experiences are universal for all employees, not just those at headquarters or in the ‘fun’ business unit.
In fact, our Certification program is the only program used to recognize outstanding workplaces and produce Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as other Best Workplace rankings. Here’s what we know about the experience that you will have at a Great Place to Work-Certified Company:
Your manager will be better
Ever hear someone say that people leave their managers, not their jobs? It’s true. Your relationship with your manager is critical to both happiness and work performance. Sadly, we are suffering from poor leaders today. Our data suggest over half of managers are creating experiences that detract from business performance. Only 12% of leaders in the typical workplace are creating consistently great experiences.
As a job seeker, you are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified company. These leaders are able to connect employees to the business’ needs, facilitate strong teamwork across departments, drive greater personal commitment, and ultimately, empower employees through change.
You will enjoy going to work
If you have even woken up to the alarm clock and absolutely dreaded the day of work ahead of you, you probably don’t work for a Certified company. An astounding 93% of employees at certified companies look forward to work. Why? 88% of them say there’s no politicking and backstabbing. Overall, 89% say their workplace is great, compared with just 58% of the U.S. workforce.
You’ll get to innovate
What you do at work matters. If you have innovative ideas but can’t make them a reality, you’re likely to become frustrated and unhappy. Average workplaces have three times as many people experiencing friction when it comes to innovation and change versus the number of employees ready to innovate. The Certified workplaces have almost entirely flipped this ratio. For every employee experiencing friction at a typical certified company, there are two ready to innovate at a Certified company.
Seek out Certified companies
These are just a few of the great benefits we've found in researching our Certified workplaces, so next time you see a Great Place to Work-Certified badge on an employer’s career page, take a closer look. You’ll have a great experience there.