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Quality workplaces lead to happy employees

Posted on October 31st, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

It is impossible to read an employee's mind, but some companies are looking to innovative employee solutions regarding payroll services, health benefits and other workplace norms to try to foster a happy, productive and loyal workforce, particularly in the face of economic hardship.

While to some, this dream may seem impossible, USA Today recently broke down the employee management successes at several top companies to figure out what makes their workers happy.

Microsoft, software company SAS and data management firm NetApp were voted the top three standout workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute for various reasons. The common theme, however, was that employees were happy and felt respected. They were found to trust management, have pride in their companies and feel camaraderie with other workers.

"At the best companies, even the lowest-level employees know they are part of the team," Great Place to Work Global CEO Jose Tolovi Jr. told the news source. "They know that they have a common goal."

It is up to each individual employer to figure out how trust, pride and camaraderie can be achieved. Perhaps workers at a large company would appreciate personal attention from a top executive, or maybe team members are aching to celebrate occasions and successes together, such as new babies, birthdays and work-related milestones.

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