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There’s been a lot of discussion on what makes a great place to work. My colleague Terrell has even written about it. Oh, by the way…Verity was a finalist in no less than 10 categories of NWjobs 2007 People’s Picks awards.

It’s a great accomplishment, because this is recognition determined solely by the number of votes employees cast. No other company placed in so many categories. Granted, that makes it a glorified popularity contest, but what’s wrong with that? If employees feel like their company is a great place to work, there is little point arguing to the contrary. Perception creates reality. Here’s our rankings:

Best Small Company – 3rd Place

Best Nonprofit – 3rd Place

Best Office Party – 2nd Place

Best Benefits – 7th Place

Most Unusual Perk – 4th Place

Coolest Office Space – 7th Place

Most Eco-Friendly – 5th Place

Most Family Friendly – 4th Place

Most Laid-Back Atmosphere – 6th Place

Most Pet Friendly – 4th Place

Nevertheless, I feel a little restless. What is it going to take to make us a chart-topping best place to work? I’m committed…just give me answers. There are so many philosophies; and numerous success stories that either reinforce or completely contradict established ideologies. Companies can argue for or against the idea that salary determines everything, or that medical insurance is the ultimate decider. You can just as easily convince people that playing video games on paper is a worth-while venture. (That’s for you, Justin.)

As I sit here at my desk, the day after Thanksgiving, full of pizza bought by our company, (thanks Bill!) and enjoying a casual jeans day, my mind wanders in thinking about Verity’s strategy and goals for 2008. Perhaps the greatest fulfillment one receives in work is not the accomplishment of an objective, but the anticipation of bigger and better things. …Yes, I’m unashamed in my optimism.

And if anyone has The Answers, I’m all ears. Stop on by – we’ll probably have plenty of leftover pizza.

Daryl Rother

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