In January, Fortune published its 11th annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, often an occasion for managers to wring their hands and prepare themselves for comments from team members: "The Men's Wearhouse gave 113 employees trips to Hawaii and pays for sabbaticals! Whole Foods Market discloses everyone's gross salary, even the CEO! There's a casino in Vegas that has an on-site employee dentist! Why can't we do that here?"
Well, maybe you can, but in many of our enterprises—and certainly on our teams within those enterprises—our chances of establishing such high-profile perks are limited. But we've often thought that the focus on perks and quirks ultimately obscures what it means for a workplace to be "great" or an "employer of choice." Indeed, that's an opinion shared by Robert Levering of the Great Place to Work Institute, which authors the Fortune list.
"I have concluded that any organization in any industry ... ca...(register to read more)