Happy Hump Day everyone! We hope your week is going well. With the holiday season in full swing and deadlines looming, it’s probably a lively time of good tidings and holiday spirits– a rather pleasant office atmosphere.

However, will the same atmosphere remain after the holiday season has ended?

It can be tough to say, but there are actionable steps employers can take in improving their office culture.

Glassdoor.com just posted their 2015 Employees Choice Awards for Best Places to Work.

Can you guess which company tops the list?

Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Airbnb
  2. Bain & Company
  3. Guidewire
  4. Hubspot
  5. Facebook
  6. LinkedIn
  7. Boston Consulting Group
  8. Google
  9. Nestlé Purina Pet Care
  10. Zillow

*For the full list click here.

People spend more than half their lives at work – it should be fun. – Brian Scudamore, Forbes

While the first thing that catches your eye may be the swanky office buildings, laundry services, and good eats available on-site, these companies have figured out something even more important.

“People half their lives at work- it should be fun,” says Brian Scudamore of Forbes. These companies have managed to invest in the people that comprise their culture, in turn, forming a brand. 

Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Office Culture, Work Force,At TalenAlexander we stress this to our clients that in order to create your marketing collateral, product launch, web development, logo, etc., and that these materials must resonate internally.

You want to start a movement with your brand or a revolution? The first place it begins is within the walls of your own business with your employees. If you and your team don’t live, love, and believe in your brand, why should anyone else?

Here’s a  list of 4 Tips to Help Galvanize Your Office Culture from – Paul Spiegelman, CEO of Beryl Co.

  1. Develop a Community
    • Do you operate in the digital realm primarily, or do you like to get out there in the mix and meet people face-to-face– be clear about your intentions. “Beryl is a national company. We just happened to be based in Bedford, Texas, but we really want to get involved in our local community.”
  2. Give employees space to dream 
    • Remember to foster employee development both professionally and personally. ” Your team has dreams too, and giving them an outlet to express them increases engagement and may even turn out some awesome initiatives. Google is known for giving its workers “20% time” to pursue side projects, a policy that led to the creation of Gmail and Google News.”- Brian Scudamore, Forbes
  3. Effective Communication
    • At Beryl Co. the writing is on the wall, literally. “The five core values of Beryl are painted on the walls in multiple places.”
  4. Commitment to Learning
    • “In small businesses it’s really hard to commit to training people and having the resources to do that…We have our own Beryl learning center that we established years ago, that does every thing from training call advisors through five weeks of training to recurrent training programs. We are constantly finding ways, in our small way, to be a learning organization in the eyes of our employees.”

Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Office Culture, Work Force,