Google has free meals. Quicken Loans offers arcade games. Salesforce.com provides treadmill desks. When we think of great places to work, we often focus on the perks and benefits that make a workplace more fun, convenient or flexible. But talk to people who study, build or just work at great workplaces and you’ll find that pay, benefits and perks are only part of the story.
The foundation of a great workplace lies in a culture of trust and engagement that unites management and the workforce in a common vision that’s not only about success but that describes the type of organization an employer wants to be. “We’re talking about very intentional, people-centric culture,” says China Gorman, CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, the research and consulting firm behind Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list.