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March 06, 2015 Blog 1 min read

FORTUNE magazine has announced its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and for the 17th year in a row, Plante Moran made the list.

We’re beyond thrilled and honored to be listed among so many amazing companies. Thanks to FORTUNE and a variety of regional “best place to work” awards, we’ve become known as a great workplace, and we’re often asked how we do it. More than anything else, people want to know what makes Plante Moran such a great place to work. Our answer is always the same: it’s our culture. But what exactly makes a great culture?

Although there’s no one right answer to that question, I recently came across an article in Fast Company called “12 Signs Your Company Has an Enviable Culture.” I found myself nodding along with all of them, but a few in particular stood out:

  1. Top leaders are not insecure about other leaders succeeding. This is huge. Few things are as gratifying professionally as seeing other leaders grow, succeed, and then inspire even more people to do the same. That type of mentality makes for a “we’re all in this together” kind of culture where everyone wants the best for one another.
  2. Fear is missing. Nothing can kill a culture more quickly than an organization full of talented people who are afraid to speak their minds. Change happens and companies succeed when people feel encouraged to speak up and share their ideas and concerns. Which leads directly into the next point.
  3. Communication is strong. Staff should know where the organization stands and where they stand within it. Transparency regarding financial performance and an individual’s career performance is key.

And there’s much more where these come from. It’s a thorough list and a good place to start when trying to gauge the effectiveness of company culture at a time when 100 companies across the nation are being honored for theirs.

How about you? Did you agree with the list? Anything you would add to it?