Green Plus recently received the honor of taking an insider’s look into Winning Workplaces’s selection process for its “Top Small Workplaces” award. Winning Workplaces is a non-profit whose mission is to help small and midsize organizations create high-performing workplaces. Winning Workplaces does a tremendous job of highlighting the fact that it is the little things that make the most difference. Fostering a culture of trust, communication, and employee appreciation is one of the best ways to attract and retain high caliber talent and create a highly successful organization. After all, the businesses that are viewed as the best places to work are consistently the most successful and fastest growing.
Candidates for the “Top Small Workplaces” award go through an exhaustive selection and verification process beginning in late January of each year. A panel of judges with extensive experience with and understanding of small business evaluates finalists. Finally, Winning Workplaces and The Wall Street Journal publishes the annual list of winners at the end of the summer.
The Institute for Sustainable Development and our Sustainability Fellows – Amanda Campbell, Dale Hammer, Elizabeth Liedel, Brooks Rainey Pearson and Teddy Salgado – are privileged to learn from Winning Workplaces’s insights into the workplace characteristics of high-performance organizations for its own Green Plus program. The People and Performance (and Planet!) aspects of the triple-bottom-line are very closely aligned, as illustrated by the Top Small Workplaces winners. The fellows are currently working on the next iteration of our diagnostic tool as part of our continuous improvement efforts, and we are excited to incorporate Winning Workplaces’s acumen into our own efforts.
Keep an eye out for this year’s list of winners, which will be announced in a Wall Street Journal Report on Small Business on September 28, 2009.
Visit the Winning Workplaces website for more information on their framework, as well as to learn more about the research and low-cost services they provide to small businesses and non-profits.