The Best Companies For Perks

It’s no wonder 57 percent of job seekers consider a company’s perks and benefits to be among their primary considerations before accepting a job offer. It’s as important for employee happiness as it is for employer branding — and some companies have their perks down.

Although this list could run much longer, we selected the following 15 of the 100 Best Arizona Companies for their unique, helpful and fun perks they provide employees. Charles Schwab, Direct Energy, GoDaddy, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Infusionsoft, Longboard Asset Management, meltmedia, Progrexion, Protiviti, Quarles & Brady, Ryan, Spear Education, USAA, Vanguard, and Zocdoc. Get to know a few of them below.

Best Companies for Perks

Direct Energy

best companies for perksAlthough paid leave and insurance benefits typically remain fairly standard across the board in medium-large sized companies, Direct Energy benefits stand out and are rated much higher than most top companies.  Most noteworthy? Their 12 weeks paid parental leave for men and women — a benefit virtually unheard of nationwide. Combined with flexible schedules, this benefit supports family life. There is a choice of health plans with strong premium subsidies, overall earning the company a 95% positive rating for benefits* where in even award-winning companies 75% is considered the norm. *According to their employee survey results from the 2017 Top Companies to Work for In Arizona program.

Direct Energy was also included in the 2015 and 2016 Phoenix Business Journal’s “Healthiest Employers in AZ.”  Apropos for an energy company, Direct Energy believes in burning calories and not electricity. Employees are encouraged to be their best, and that includes supporting one’s health and well-being.

From fitness partnerships to nutritional support, and opportunities to incorporate good habits into daily work life, Direct Energy hosts an in-house health and wellness program that expands to every office, with opportunities for all employees. One example: an indoor fitness track that provides an indoor path to walk for exercise on Arizona’s hot summer days. Their Tempe campus came in #1 (of seven Direct Energy sites) in the company’s recent Health & Wellness initiative called “DE in Motion.” With the additional $4,666 raised, they have now raised $19K for Phoenix Children’s Hospital YTD. A company who gives back to their community while encouraging healthy habits. That’s a win-win!

Infusionsoft

best companies for perksInfusionsoft empowers employees to think big, own outcomes and drive results. So much so that they have a performance focused rewards and recognition program that goes beyond your typical congratulatory certificate. Each month Infusionsoft dishes out cold hard cash to deserving Infusionites for various achievements – innovation, multiplying people, customer success, just to name a few. Recipients are recognized during companywide meetings by various senior leaders and highlighted onstage for their contributions to helping millions of small businesses succeed.

The results-focused company encourages employees to spend time on (and with) the things that are important to them outside of their careers. That’s why Infusionsoft offers a flexible PTO plan and work-from-home policy that makes that a possibility. Need time off for a vacation? A mental health day to recharge? Infusionsoft wants these things to serve as a win for you, your team, their customers, and the company overall.

The #infusionlife includes monthly themed tailgates, a fully stocked cereal bar, a Coke Freestyle machine, ping pong tournaments, an indoor football field meeting area, 24-hour hackathons, Food Truck Fridays, happy hours, even breakfast with one of our execs, just to name a few.

Protiviti

At Protiviti, their time-off program includes 20 days per year for sick, personal and vacation time (after every 3 years, employees receive an extra 3 days, to a maximum of 30 days). They also have a sabbatical program which offers 1-3 months leave with a stipend.

In addition to their Adoption Assistance and Paid Parental Leave benefits, Protiviti also offers Flexible Work Arrangements. That way, team members can temporarily adjust their schedules or workloads to focus on other priorities.  Employees can also leverage the Backup Dependent Care program to provide reliable care for loved ones in a pinch.

Some additional perks that keep employees happy at Protiviti? Their PROPS program was extended to recognize employee achievements; points allow team members to redeem for gifts — from movie tickets to iPads to hot air balloon rides. And Protiviti’s employee referral program includes payouts starting at $5,000 for consultants and increasing based on position level. On occasions when boosting recruitment, they have also offered added incentives; that includes gift cards for people who share referral success stories on the firm’s intranet, and a chance to win a trip for two (up to $2.5k value)!

Quarles & Brady

best companies for perksIn addition to the highly competitive benefits package Quarles & Brady employees enjoy, the team also receives numerous perks that are not only fun, but helpful! Employees enjoy flexible work schedules, a formal mentoring program, professional development opportunities, ongoing training programs, personal day annually above vacation benefits, bereavement leave, attendance awards, employee referral awards, periodic casual days and team building events. An added bonus: free food and drinks, including fresh brewed Starbucks coffee machines, tea and cocoa, along with break rooms with kitchens on all floors.

Quarles & Brady has a commitment to employee wellness, demonstrated by their discounted health club memberships, paid maternity and paternity leave, on-site nursing rooms, monthly fitness challenges, QBLivingWell website with health/nutritional information, Bright Horizons backup child and elder care, flu shots on-site, firm softball team and more!

best companies for perksQuarles also has instituted some great employee traditions including: Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day celebration, summer ice cream socials, Cinco de Mayo lunch, Firm holiday party, annual “Bring Your Child to Work Day” full-day event, and their annual staff appreciation week.

Zocdoc

According to a recent survey Zocdoc conducted in partnership with Kelton Global, three out of five employed Americans feel uncomfortable leaving work for preventive care appointments, with the majority citing their employer or company culture for making them feel that way. To remove this barrier between work and health, Zocdoc introduced Unsick Day, a new type of day off from work— without penalty, and with explicit permission and encouragement. It allows employees to take care of the important healthcare appointments that are easy to put off, such as physicals and teeth cleanings.

Zocdoc is also calling on other companies to empower every working American to take the time to go to the doctor before they get sick. Zocdoc is inviting all forward-thinking companies to join the movement at www.unsickday.com, and employees can also visit the site to request an Unsick Day from their company.

Another unique benefit they offer? Zocdoc pays 100% of the healthcare insurance costs for full-time team members as well as their dependents. Their mission is to give power to the patient. That mantra starts with Zocdoc’s employees and also their families.

It’s pretty incredible the amazing ways employers are taking care of their employees in both big and small ways. Are you ready to move on to bigger and better benefits? Browse career paths with these Best Companies for Perks.

Building Best Companies: Reflections of the Workplace Culture Maven

As I look back on the last fifteen years I’m amazed at all that has transpired with workplace culture, employer branding and corporate social responsibility within Arizona. In 2002, the term “employer brand” was not a common phrase in our collective vocabularies. Now, it’s a foundational element in business strategy to attract and retain the best talent.

When I joined forces with Denise Gredler in 2002 to help establish an avenue for creating and recognizing best companies, we truly believed it would have a positive impact across the local economy, our community and the Arizona workforce. Our vision took root and grew exponentially in these fifteen years.

By developing local employer award programs – 4 in total – BestCompaniesAZ has helped to elevate not only the amazing workplace cultures who are receiving these awards, but also showcase the wonderful opportunities that await: for companies to grow here and for individuals to build meaningful careers at these award-winning employers.

Since our 2003 inaugural “best list,” we’ve witnessed striking evidence that creating stronger, trust-based workplace cultures leads to positive business results. Despite the deeply hurtful Great Recession of 2008, most of the original list winners are still going strong, experiencing the financial and intangible benefits of their efforts.

Companies that win awards, whether our local programs or national ones, often become “celebrity employers” and “destination workplaces” that are almost as famous for their corporate cultures as for their products or services. And since awards involve third party due diligence on a company’s practices, winning creates trust in an employer brand and cements credibility.

Great storytelling is critical in employer branding. Winning workplace awards automatically shines a spotlight on the great organizations, providing the perfect platform to share the unique and amazing aspects of what it’s like to work there. This is something I have truly enjoyed doing over the years – sharing the stories of wonderful employers.

It’s truly exciting look back and realize how our vision came true: that better workplaces would create better lives, better communities, and more profitable businesses. What an honor it has been to be a part of this dream and witness the positive impact it has had. Wow, how far we’ve come!

About Lee Vikre

A workplace culture maven, writer, and speaker, Lee Vikre has helped numerous companies develop “best company” cultures, gaining recognition at the local and national level. Lee has been called the Jedi Master of hiring because of her exceptional recruiting abilities and friendships with people who love Star Wars. Her favorite activities involve matching people with their dream jobs at award-winning best companies.

Arizona Employer Branding Firm BestCompaniesAZ Expands and Launches BestCompaniesTexas

Regional Branding for Award-Winning Companies

Phoenix, AZ – Nov. 16, 2017 – BestCompaniesAZ, an Arizona-based employer branding firm best known for its localized marketing programs for national employers, is now expanding into Texas. The Phoenix firm announced today the launch of BestCompaniesTexas, which will offer award-winning Texas employers customized regional branding programs designed to bolster the attraction and retention of talented employees within competitive work environments.

BestCompaniesAZ has a 15-year history serving major employers that have included USAA, Charles Schwab, Ryan, Vanguard, Vixxo, Direct Energy, GoDaddy, Progrexion, Hyatt Regency–Phoenix, Habitat for Humanity—Central Arizona, Synchrony Financial, Medtronic, Dignity Health, the Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Arizona, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, among many others.

Denise Gredler, founder and CEO, decided the time was right for expansion after receiving requests from BestCompaniesAZ clients, many of whom also have sizeable corporate campuses in Texas. “We’re confident that BestCompaniesTexas will quickly find favor among leading companies who seek to be more competitive in attracting talent and boosting their local presence. Our services have been dubbed ‘PR for HR.’  We create integrated employer branding and marketing programs for award-winning employers and partner with community organizations and local media partners to raise awareness about the many reasons an organization is deemed exceptional among its peers.”

BestCompaniesTexas offers online branding and social media support, hosts “BestCompanies” career events, business networking events, veteran and diversity events, corporate culture tours, educational roundtables, and provides customized solutions for companies looking to leverage and promote their great workplaces.  Specialized services include award consultation & submission assistance for state and national awards, employee survey analysis, action planning, and best practice benchmarking, storytelling through blogs and podcasts, non-traditional recruitment sourcing strategies, to name a few.

To become a client of BestCompaniesTexas, companies must have won at least one major state, national or industry workplace award that demonstrates a high level of employee engagement and a corporate commitment to workplace best practices. Most client companies offer exceptional employee benefits and perks and maintain corporate cultures that are highly supportive to employees. Many clients have been recognized for leadership in the areas of veteran hiring, diversity and inclusion, and gender equality. For more information on programs and client opportunities, please visit BestCompaniesTexas or call 480-545-5151.

About – BestCompaniesAZ & BestCompaniesTexas

BestCompaniesTexas offers regional programs utilizing employer branding publicity and marketing that promote client news about career opportunities, events, recognition, awards and community initiatives.  BestCompaniesTexas specializes in developing, strengthening and marketing employer brands through integrated marketing programs. Specialized services include employee opinion surveys, benchmarking, employment branding, recruitment strategies, award consultation and promotional services.

BestCompaniesAZ was established in 2002 and is proud to sponsor major workplace awards programs in partnership with local media, including AZ Business Magazine’s Arizona’s Most Admired Companies and azcentral.com’s Top Companies to Work for in Arizona.

CEO and founder Denise Gredler is a nationally recognized thought leader in corporate culture development and was honored as one of “Arizona’s Most Influential Women” by AZ Business Magazine.  For more information on programs or client opportunities in Texas, please visit BestCompaniesTexas or call 480-545-5151.

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Become A Talent Magnet With A Strong Employer Brand

By the time the U.S. emerged from the Great Recession, shifting demographics had forever altered the hiring landscape and employer branding emerged as a vital foundation for recruiting. Today’s talent acquisition is just as closely related to marketing and public relations as it is to human resources. With good reason, employer branding is the hottest topic in talent acquisition. Here’s why a solid, strong employer brand is crucial for a company to have.

Cultivating A Strong Employer Brand 

An employer brand is what people think of a company, its reputation as an employer – how they treat their employees and what it’s like to work there. Therefore, every company has an employer brand, whether it’s carefully nurtured or develops on its own, and whether it’s well-known or not.

If you’re adding staff, or just trying to keep the ones you have, your employer brand can set you apart – or not. What makes your company unique and your culture desirable? Having an unknown or lackluster image as an employer is almost as bad as having a poor reputation. One way to strengthen your employer brand, adding credibility and visibility? Gain recognition as a best place to work.

When an organization builds a strong employer brand, the company becomes a talent magnet. Best workplace awards automatically create those magnets. And as unemployment continues to drop, standing out among the crowd is more important than ever. Even people who thought they were happy in their jobs can be enticed by recruiters’ attractive pitches. Having a strong employer brand opens the doors to those conversations.

Here are a few tangible benefits of a strong employer brand:

  • 94% of applicants more likely to apply for a job if the company has a strong employer brand
  • 69% of candidates would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if unemployed
  • 65% lower turnover = increased employee retention
  • 54% increase in the quality of the talent pool
  • 50% reduction in overall recruitment costs
  • Candidates under 40 are 61% more likely to make career decisions based on employer brand

Do you need to strengthen your employer brand? For Arizona employers, start by applying for the 2018 azcentral Top Companies to Work for In Arizona program. Gaining a workplace award will automatically raise your company’s reputation and visibility!

About the author:

Denise Gredler, Founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ has been helping identify, develop and promote employer brands in Arizona for 15 years. Contact BestCompaniesAZ to stand out from the crowd and start attracting and retaining the talent your company needs.

USAA to Hire Up to 1,000 Tech Professionals in Phoenix

November 8, 2017 – PHOENIX – USAA announced today plans to hire up to 1,000 technology professionals between now and year-end 2020 at its Phoenix campus. For more information on how to apply or to see available roles, visit www.usaajobs.com.

This growth emphasizes the organization’s longstanding focus on superior member services by bringing innovative products and experiences to market, as technology advancements move at an unprecedented pace.

“Relationships are at the core of USAA member service, and our investment in people and technology enables us to meet our members where they are,” said Michael Pansini, USAA Vice President of Applications Development. “We are constantly working to design, develop and deliver the best possible experiences.”

Growing its technology capabilities is a focus for USAA as it seeks to anticipate changing member needs. Overall, USAA has seen steady growth in its technology-focused workforce at its headquarters in San Antonio, as well as its locations in Austin and Plano, Texas. Expanding technology capabilities in Phoenix is part of a larger strategy to hire the best talent around all of USAA’s campuses.

“As our membership grows and their needs change, our workforce must keep pace and evolve,” said Gay Meyer, USAA Assistant Vice President of HR Operations. “Phoenix is a great market for us, and with the area’s deep pool of tech talent, adding these roles in Phoenix makes sense.”

“Phoenix has been strongly focused on diversifying our high-wage knowledge economy, and now our region is competing with the nation’s top software development markets to win these jobs,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “ASU’s leadership and concierge service in their way of embracing industry played an integral role in bringing these jobs to Phoenix. USAA is one of our top employers, one of our strongest corporate partners and most committed friend to veterans, so we more than welcome this continued investment.”

USAA’s Phoenix campus is located at One Norterra Drive, and the company currently employs approximately 4,500 people in the Phoenix area. USAA was ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ Best Large Employers list this year, and offers a world-class benefits package, including education assistance and recently expanded parental leave benefits.

These new roles will be part of the larger Chief Technology and Digital Office, comprising the technology, data and analytics, innovation, digital experience and design departments.

USAA previously announced growth plans in Plano, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Tampa, Fla.

For a behind-the-scenes look at USAA’s Phoenix office, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdWkGp9nAYU.

About USAA The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 12 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.

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5 Unique Resume Skills To Include

A recent study showed that nearly three out of four employees are so dissatisfied with their current jobs that they’re looking for employment elsewhere. If you’re within that chunk of the workforce, it may be time to spruce up your resume and kick off the job hunt. One facet of the process? Try adding some unique skills and strengths outside of listing your job experience. Weave some flavor into your resume with interesting and attractive skills. Beyond basic bullet points like “MS Excel proficiency” or “foreign language fluency,” keep reading for five unique resume skills to include.

Unique Resume Skills To Include

Conflict Resolution

Even if your field isn’t specific to mediating conflicts, it’s an inevitable part of any job in any workplace. Conflict resolution skills are a job requirement for several different types of positions. Conflict within organizations can reduce productivity and create a difficult or hostile environment. This leads to unwanted turnover in employees or dejected morale. If you are able to mediate and diffuse conflict, it definitely encompasses a marketable skill to include on your resume.   

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking concerns a variety of evaluation techniques among data, facts, ideas and creative proposals. The ability to think critically entails one of the most sought-after qualities that employers look for in job candidates. For instance, employers list this skill as a job qualification in a broad range of job postings. Regardless of the position for which you are applying, critical thinking skills will be an in-demand asset.

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills, more casually known as people skills, essentially describe the ways in which you communicate and interact with people. To recruiters, interpersonal skills prove one of the top criteria used to evaluate candidates. Regardless of your field, the majority of careers require consistent, usually constant, interaction with other people. While you may excel at the technical aspects of your job, it’s vital that you display good people skills and are able to communicate well. Emphasizing strong interpersonal strengths is a good way to include unique skills on your resume.

Teamwork

While it may seem obvious, as being a team player is usually part of any position, demonstrating your ability to collaborate and participate in teamwork is important and will paint you as an attractive candidate. Even if you complete the bulk of your job duties alone, you will still need to think of your work in the context of the company’s larger goals and mission. This includes communicating your accomplishments to coworkers at the organization and working alongside them to produce the best results. Highlight teamwork as one of your resume skills to display a unique, coveted asset.

Organizational Proficiency

Organizational skills are some of the most significant and transferable capabilities an employee can acquire. They encompass a set of skills that help a worker to plan, prioritize and achieve his or her goals. The organizational skills you want to market go beyond basic filing and sorting paperwork; rather, how do you approach a long to-do list? Furthermore, how do you ensure your work is completed in a timely, adequate manner? The ability to keep work organized allows employees to focus on different projects without getting disoriented or overwhelmed, overall increasing productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Hiring managers look for employees who not only keep their emails and desk organized, but those who can also adjust quickly to the organizational structure of a company.

What other unique resume skills would you include? Let us know on our social channels — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram!

The Best Companies For Veterans

In September 2017 the veteran unemployment rate dropped to 3.0% — its lowest level since 2001. Compared to 4.0% for non-veterans, transitioning out of the military appears to be getting easier for our military service members. This encouraging news may prove partially related to more and more employers pledging to hire veterans. But what do the best companies for veterans stand for?

In looking at the 100 Best Arizona Companies, many of them are great places for veterans to build a thriving second career. So we’ve compiled a list of the Best Companies for Arizona Veterans. These employers demonstrate a commitment to hiring veterans and many have received recognition for it! Congratulations to Aetna, CBRE, Charles Schwab, GoDaddy, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Quicken Loans, PayPal, Sundt and USAA. Read on to learn what makes them stand out as the best companies for veterans.

The Best Companies for Veterans

CBRE

best companies for veteransThe world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm has been recognized as a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media for 6 years in a row. This honor demonstrates the importance they place on hiring veterans. In addition, with 450 offices and 75,000 employees worldwide, a plethora of career opportunities exist.

“At CBRE, we are committed to creating career opportunities for military talent and value the skills and leadership qualities that are deeply ingrained in individuals with current and prior experience in the U.S. military,” said Grayson Gill, CBRE Chief Operating Officer, Asset Services and Co-Executive Sponsor for the CBRE Military network group. CBRE’s track record with veterans demonstrates they are one of the best companies for veterans.

Charles Schwab

best companies for veteransCharles Schwab is the recipient of numerous workplace awards for their commitment to hiring veterans and military spouses. A few of them include: Military Friendly® Employer, Military Spouse Friendly® Employer and Military Times Best for Vets. Schwab also remains aligned with 100,000 Jobs Mission, Joining Forces, and many other organizations supporting our military service men and women. Employees at Schwab can also join their Military Veterans Network Employee Resource Group.

In addition, managers from Schwab’s Phoenix office received recognition from the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their support of National Guard/Reserve team members. All around, Charles Schwab exemplifies what it means to be a best company for veterans!

Quicken Loans

A unique aspect about Quicken Loans is their dedicated veteran hiring program – a mission to create career opportunities for veterans, service members and their families. Their dedicated military recruiters understand military service and how it prepares veterans for a new career in the business world. In addition to winning numerous best workplace awards, Quicken Loans has landed on the Military Friendly® Employer list and the Military Times Best for Vets list. It is also a member of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. It’s no wonder Quicken Loans is a best company for veterans!

Sundt

best companies for veterans

Sundt Construction, Inc invited a group of Wounded Warriors to participate in its 2017 Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament to benefit ALS research.

As one of the nation’s largest and most respected general contractors, this 127-year-old firm has been recognized as a top Military Friendly® Employer for two years in a row. Sundt consistently demonstrates its commitment to hiring military talent, working to expand its active-duty, military spouse and veteran employee count. Another interesting fact about Sundt? It’s 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees.

This Veterans Day, we also want to include wonderful aspects of the remaining Best Companies for Veterans. So, take a look:

  • Aetna has a robust veteran hiring section on their careers site, that includes a military skills translator, testimonials from veteran employees, and a dedicated veteran job search portal.  
  • Check out this new video from GoDaddy that highlights their Employee Resource Group – GD VET, and their dedicated veteran recruiter.
  • Intuit pledged to hire at least 250 veterans and military spouses as part of the Joining Forces initiative. And employees can connect with and support their veteran teammates through the Intuit Military Network Employee Resource Group.
  • JPMorgan Chase is co-founder of the Veteran Jobs Mission and has won numerous workplace awards for their commitment to veterans.
  • Serve is PayPal’s military veterans network, which provides a place for veterans and allies to come together, offers professional and personal development, mentorship and community outreach.
  • USAA not only serves our nation’s military members and their families with insurance, banking and financial services, they also have a hiring goal of 30% military veterans and spouses!

Congratulations to these wonderful organizations making the transition out of the military a smoother one for many of our veterans! Furthermore, if you’re a veteran (or military spouse) searching for a new career, be sure to check out any of the above companies and our Veteran Committed Employers page!

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7 Benefits of Being Recognized as a Top Employer

Creating a strong employer brand is the #1 most important initiative for any growing workplace today.

According to a new study, 71% of employees are searching for a new job! People are feeling under appreciated and over stressed at work. Additionally, people are more mobile than ever before, so top people, especially those with in-demand skills in technology, sales and healthcare, are inundated with calls and emails from headhunters. Skilled recruiters paint rosy pictures of new opportunities. Even people who thought they were happy in their jobs are flattered and seduced by recruiters’ pretty pitches. So what do you do to attract and retain top talent?

Whether you’re adding staff or just trying to keep the ones you have, your employer brand can set you apart – or not. What makes your company unique and your culture desirable? Having a “meh” image as an employer is almost as bad as having a poor reputation. One way to add sparkle to your employer brand is to be recognized as one of the Top Companies in Arizona. A whopping 95% of employers who gain workplace recognition see benefits like this:

  1. Reduced turnover. Employee morale receives a boost and employee retention is increased. Top workplaces are in demand among top talent – and award-winning companies have up to 65% less turnover.
  2. Talent magnetism. Top workplaces are in demand among top talent. Companies like Charles Schwab and USAA who have won numerous local and national workplace awards have a distinct advantage in attracting great people. If your company is smaller, award-winning status can help you compete for great talent.
  3. Polished reputation. Customers, prospective employees, and the community hold top workplaces in high esteem.
  4. Media exposure. Recognition on azcentral.com and BestCompaniesAZ.com will keep your award alive all year long, reaching over 82% of Arizona.
  5. Better financial performance. Yes, really! Public companies recognized as best workplaces in Arizona have performed two to three times better than the market. Smaller companies perform better too; 80% of small award-winning workplaces grew in revenue share, and 88% added headcount even during the recession.
  6. Greater insight. Survey feedback reports provide you with valuable, specific information about increasing your employee engagement. You can benefit in this way even if you don’t make the list this year.
  7. Customers love it. Numerous studies demonstrate that top companies also measure stronger than average customer ratings.

What business wouldn’t want to experience benefits like this? Your first step in gaining workplace recognition is to register your company for the 2018 azcentral.com Top Companies to Work for in Arizona – the deadline is January 12, 2018. This could be the most important action you take before the end of the year!

Top Companies to Work For in ArizonaAbout the Author
Lee Vikre – Hiring Jedi
A workplace culture maven, writer, and speaker, Lee Vikre has helped numerous companies develop “best company” cultures, gaining recognition at the local and national level. Lee has been called the Jedi Master of hiring because of her exceptional recruiting abilities and friendships with people who love Star Wars. Her favorite activities involve matching people with their dream jobs at award-winning best companies. Lee coaches CEOs but still hasn’t been able to train her three dogs not to bark during conference calls.

How To Get Promoted: Top Success Tips

If you’re working hard and putting your best foot forward, you might be feeling like you’re deserving of and ready for a promotion. Keep working to your full potential, and continue reading to learn about the best ideas we have on how to get promoted.

How To Get Promoted: Tips For Success

Note Superiors’ Interests

Being perceptive and taking careful notes of what your boss or superiors like will behoove you in the long run. You should always be positive, supportive and engaged toward your superiors and their interests — both inside and outside of work. Make sure you’re maintaining good rapport with your boss and superiors and completing their requests in a timely, competent fashion. You’re much more likely to land that promotion if you promote a healthy rapport between you and your boss. Additionally, look into the mentorship roles between you and your boss. If you have a mentoring relationship with someone higher in the company, they can help spread the good word about you, and it also shows them you are always willing to work hard and learn.

Self-Promote

It may seem a bit trivial, but confidence and practicing self-promotion encompass important facets of improving both your performance and general image at work. While you don’t want to appear boastful, if you have reaped major accomplishments or received important awards and distinctions, you want to ensure people know about them — especially the people doing the promoting. Practice the art of selling yourself and marketing your work as a reason why you deserve a promotion.

Focus on High Profile Projects

Want to make maximum impact in hopes of receiving a promotion? If so, then you should specifically request and focus on projects that demand a good deal of effort, creativity and time. You don’t want to jump on everything, as you’ll likely begin to spread yourself too thin. But you do want to continue putting in your best effort and ensuring your boss knows how capable and competent you are. Seek out the opportunities that are most profitable — and visible — for your company, and hop on those. If you feel overwhelmed, create an open dialogue about what you should prioritize. Then, you can allocate your time and resources accordingly.

Develop New Knowledge & Skills

Continuing education is a vital part of any job. When seeking a promotion, expanding your knowledge and skillsets in areas that are critical to your company is a surefire way to get noticed and appreciated. In order to stay competitive and marketable, especially as technology advances, you must innovate and maintain an ever-increasing skillset. Put in the work and time to enhance any current skills you may have. Also, take on projects or trainings to learn new ones. In doing so, you show your superiors how much you value your job and the company; thus, you’re worthy of more responsibility and pay.

Have you already tried these tips about how to get promoted, but to no avail? Or, have you found no real opportunities for a promotion at your current employer? If so, then it may be time to look elsewhere. Many award-winning employers have great career advancement opportunities. Take a look at some of the best companies in Arizona!

Six Powerful Career Secrets of a Successful Military Spouse

Brian Bowen, Branch Manager for the Biltmore branch of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., exudes enthusiasm and positivity. The kind of brand ambassador companies covet, Brian has immense pride in his company, a passion for lifelong learning, and the values associated with being a military veteran. Except that Brian has never himself been in the military.

As a military spouse, Brian is a rarity. Only seven percent of all military spouses are male, and fewer yet are able to maintain a progressive, successful private sector career. With his own drive and the help of Schwab, a top military-friendly company, Brian has prospered. Here is his extraordinary story.

As a young college grad, Brian was dedicated to the idea of doing something to change the world, and was met with skepticism from friends and college peers; “Bri, you’re never going to be able to support a family”. Charles Schwab’s mission and values-driven approach to financial services impressed Brian. With ethics and accessibility at the core of the company, Brian was happy to start at an entry level, answering phones.

Charles Schwab believed in Brian, too, helping him further his education at ASU. When Brian married Captain Lora Bowen, USAF, he fully expected her military career to disrupt his work experience.

This is a sacrifice many military couples make. “Being a military spouse has its own set of stresses”, explains Brian. “There was always a dark cloud that I wanted to bring my own set of successes to the relationship, and had concerns that I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

That concern was alleviated by the extraordinary level of support Brian received from Charles Schwab. When Lora received orders to Boston, he planned to resign from Charles Schwab to go with her. Instead, Brian was allowed to transfer, and used that opportunity to gain new experience. When she was deployed to Iraq, Brian’s former boss at Charles Schwab invited him to return to Arizona. Lora’s career took her to San Diego, where Brian was able to join her – still as part of the Charles Schwab team. During this time Brian was expanding his skill set, and was promoted. Brian and Lora eventually settled back in Arizona, in Brian’s childhood neighborhood – with Brian’s career at Charles Schwab well established.

Brian’s story contains powerful lessons for veteran and military spouse job seekers. Here are six of Brian’s secrets:

Create a stellar personal brand for yourself. Brian’s personal pride drove him to be the best. He ensured that others could count on him, and that he was an “idea person” who could be counted on to contribute.

Find adaptable employers. “Every few years I knew there would be a great change in our lives,” he says. “I didn’t expect it to be so easy, but I worked with a company that is so adaptable.” While Brian didn’t plan for his employer to accommodate his many moves, in this case Charles Schwab was able to do so. As a military spouse, seek out companies with a wide national presence, geographic flexibility, and a military-friendly culture.

Focus on your value as much as your path. Brian couldn’t have the specific career path conversations most employees count on, since he didn’t know where Lora’s commitments would take him. As a go-getter, Brian didn’t let the uncertainty slow his own development. “I found that if I kept working hard, opportunities arose and I was able to take them.”

Sharpen your skills. Study up on the latest and greatest in your field, and you’ll have more to offer. Brian advises, “Education, public speaking skills, understanding the latest trends – companies want to be on the cutting edge.”

Leverage your resources. Take advantage of every type of assistance that’s available to you as a military spouse or veteran, and remember that people want to support former and current military and their families.

Make no apologies. Brian is an exception; many military spouses will experience some career disruption, and their resumes will reflect that. “As a spouse, if your career path took a hiccup, don’t be shy about that. It’s not an excuse, it’s a valid reason”, says Brian.

At times military spouses may be overlooked. Brian notes, “I had to worry about my wife every second when she was in Iraq. People often thank veterans for serving, but I also thank the spouses for their support of service.”

Being a military spouse adds complexity to a life and career. People like Brian Bowen and companies like Charles Schwab provide inspiration.

Schwab has been the recipient of numerous awards for its military-friendly workplace and culture. For more information on careers at Schwab, visit their BestCompaniesAZ profile.

2018 Military Career Event

Meet hiring representatives from Schwab’s Phoenix campus at BestCompaniesAZ 4th Annual Military Career Event, Wednesday, March 7. Open to all veterans, transitioning military, spouses and significant others who are looking for a career with an employer that values the service of our military members and their families! Get more information and register here.