Secrets of the Great Workplace

by Jonathan Wright
Photography by Kelli Drake

What makes a great place to work? Salary and benefits are a nice start—but most would agree that’s not enough. Decent hours and job security are helpful. Unique perks and amenities are appreciated. The people factor is key. Fun, flexibility, independence, a sense of purpose… a place to live your passion, where your contributions are recognized and valued. Opportunities: to travel, to learn, to grow and develop, to solve problems, to ride the cutting edge. There is no single formula for the perfect workplace; instead, there are many ways to get there. iBi went behind the scenes at four area companies, attempting to reverse-engineer the secrets of their success. Here’s what we discovered...

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