Want to Be a Best Places to Work Winner? Here’s What to Do

May 28, 2019

Before even opening that submission form, read this. Winning Best Places to Work (BPTW) is an amazing recognition, but don't lose sight of what that recognition really means. Having happy, satisfied employees is number one. Once you achieve that, the awards will come.
 
We've won BPTW dozens of times across our Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa offices. To celebrate this year's wins, we asked employees to share their thoughts and advice.
 
Rachel Palompo, HR CoordinatorRachel Palompo
 
What's your favorite event at iVenture?
The Christmas party! It's a time for all employees to be together. We get to see everyone from Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and our remote teammates.
 
It's like visiting family and friends. Once we see each other, it's like we've never been apart.
 
What advice would you give other companies looking to be a BPTW?
If you have a mission or core values, live by them! They can't be in a binder tucked away. They're a living, breathing part of your business.
 
Give employees a voice, then listen and act! Employees are the foundation and first line. They know a lot, trust them.
 
Sean Clark, Team Lead
 Sean Clark
What is the most important part of our culture to you?
Our executive team doesn't just dictate the culture, they own it. It seems simple, but so many companies can't do it.
 
While other leaders expect employees to fall in line, our executives guide the way. They're the shining example we echo.
 
What advice would you give other companies looking to be a BPTW?
Honesty builds trust. Trust builds success. Speak plainly with your employees, encourage feedback and make changes where necessary. Your company culture is never finished. You've got to work on it every day.
 
Mallory Thomas, Marketing Manager
 Mallory Thomas
What makes our culture different from others?
Our culture is dependent on getting along with each other. We make it work because we all have the same goal — to deliver quality IT service.
 
The same values we deliver to our clients, we deliver to ourselves.
 
What advice would you give other companies looking to be a BPTW?
Your culture has to come from the top down. You have to stay engaged with all levels of your company. You have to be the example of your culture.
Get Started at Your Company
So what steps can you take to make your employees happy and satisfied? As a multi-time Best Places to Work winner in all iVenture offices, we have some wisdom to share. Take the advice and make it your own.
  • Office events
    • We do: Ice cream socials, annual chili cook-offs, spa days
  • Team outings
    • We do: local sports games, escape rooms, golfing, fishing
  • Recognition & rewards
    • We have: culture games, RecognizeApp, Yammer
  • Feedback
    • We use: Emplify
  • Professional development
    • We offer: paid certifications and career paths vs. performance reviews
  • Work/life balance
    • We offer: PTO, flex days, parental leave (paternity, maternity, adoption, fostering)
Whatever you choose, remember: the goal is to make happy and satisfied employees. That will bring you rewards longer-lasting and further-reaching than anything else.
 
iVenture Solutions is an award-winning managed service provider delivering superior IT solutions to clients across Florida. As a leading-edge IT firm for small and medium-sized businesses, we provide a diverse range of services covering the entire scope of IT including maintenance, support, hosting and more.
 
Through rapid response time, reduction of chaos and the right people, our expert team of IT professionals will fulfill your technology needs. At iVenture, we give you more time to do what matters most. 
 
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