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It’s the most wonderful time of the (work) year.

Fortune released its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For today. Not only is it one of our most popular lists, it’s one that inspires the most chatter among the raceAhead crowd. For one thing, it seeks to measure the underlying spark of inclusive cultures: Employees who feel seen, appreciated, valued, and welcomed as contributors to the company’s broader purpose.

The juice is in the methodology, which is managed by our partners at Great Place to Work (GPTW):

“Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyze these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region.”

The survey reaches companies with more than 4 million collective employees, making it the largest ongoing survey of employee engagement in the workforce.

For the second year in a row, the top spot goes to Hilton, who has been improving benefits across the board for all employees. In the last year, Hilton instituted a new employee stock purchase program available to all regardless of pay grade, and an extended parental leave policy with thoughtful perks, like a partnership with the breast milk shipping startup Milk Stork, so employees can ship or carry breast milk when traveling for work, for free.

Rounding out the top five are Ultimate Software (#2), Wegmans Food Markets (#3), and Workday (#5).

But I must call out, once again, Cisco, who is on the list at #4 this year. The hardware giant has earned a place on every 100 Best Companies to Work For list since it was established in 1998, a feat that no other company has matched. Sure, sometimes they were at the top of the list, sometimes not, but they’ve been there for the duration, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. (I’ve covered why, here.)

You can find the entire list here, or apply to have your company surveyed for next year here. And job seekers take note: The GPTW certified companies have some 91,425 jobs open now. If you’ve been looking to get your engagement on, time to get to work.

Ellen McGirt

Source: Fortune


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