If you’re looking for the secret to a happier workplace, a good place to start is Fortune’s Best Workplaces lists. Every year, Great Place to Work® and Fortune name the best workplaces in a variety of categories, from Millennials to parents.
They recently published the 2017 Best Workplaces for Women list, which included Goodway Group coming in at #14. This was our first year participating in the survey, so while we’re not at all surprised Goodway is a great place to work, we couldn’t be more delighted to be called one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women.
This list comes from anonymous surveys of more than 400,000 employees from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The surveys explored employees’ assessment of their organization’s culture, leadership, fairness, and other elements essential for a great workplace. The requirements for the award were pretty stringent, and the result of direct feedback from women in our workforce. So, we are extremely humbled by this honor and take it as an affirmation of why we are so successful in retaining employees.
You might be wondering, how did we do it? The secret is ingrained in our culture.
It’s Not Just About the Perks
We’re proud to employ a team that includes remarkable women at every level of our organization. In an industry characterized as having a heavy “bro-culture,” we achieved a workforce that’s 75% female and nearly a 50/50 male-to-female executive breakdown.
Diversity is one of the key elements that drive our success, and we know it takes the hard work of each and every employee at Goodway Group to deliver the outstanding service our clients expect. To all of you, thank you for your Herculean efforts day after day; we couldn’t do it without you!
A big part of our culture is valuing and appreciating our employees as people. We support their passions, like mountain biking and international cooking, and acknowledge exceptional work. We invest time and money into effective training programs, useful benefits, and the right policies to create the perfect balance of positive energy and productivity. This means we can have fun and even allow ourselves to be silly at times, like during our lip sync battle at the annual company celebration or during our pumpkin decorating contest each October.
It also means we support the whole life of our employees, beyond the traditional 9 to 5. Generous paid time off, a best-in-class maternity leave policy, and awesome bosses and coworkers are just the beginning. Among our highest rated benefits are a virtual work-from-home model and flexible work schedules that foster an inclusive culture for working women, mothers, and wives. This ensures working from home actually works for every family. For one busy mom of four and Director of Ad Operations, this means the ability to have breakfast as a family every morning!
Research shows this approach pays off: Women are 5X more likely to plan a long-term future with their employers when they say they’re treated as full members of the team, regardless of position. But we don’t need the research to tell us it’s working — we just look at our 92% retention rate and 4.8 Glassdoor rating.
Our Employees Say It Best
Our employees continually share their feedback and appreciation on sites like Glassdoor and through surveys like the Great Place to Work profile, which have helped set us apart from other companies. Here are stories from a few of our female team members of what it’s like to work at Goodway in their own words:
We love working with such inspiring and amazing people every day. If you’re looking for a career change, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at Goodway Group.