Very has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2020.
Hitting newsstands May 12 in the May/June 2020 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.
A few of the standout stats from Very’s custom report include:
- 94.74% of Very employees are highly engaged (defined as advocates who view the company favorably and intend to stay).
- 100% of both women and men at Very surveyed agreed with the statement, “I see professional growth and career development opportunities for myself in this organization.”
- “Transparent” was marked as the top word used by employees to describe Very’s work environment.
Additionally, here are a few of our favorite anonymous employee quotes pulled from the report:
“This is truly the best job I have ever had.”
“Very is a company that is self-analyzing, and continuously improving itself.”
“The company has a strong culture of collaboration and excellence that permeates all areas of the business.”
Collecting data from more than 3,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 395 finalists for this year’s list. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Then Inc. ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, 73.5 percent of surveyed employees were engaged by their work.
The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity. It is a different playbook from a decade ago, when too many firms used the same template: free food, open work environments, and artifacts of “fun.”
“We’ve spent a lot of time at Very creating a culture that helps our employees not only feel satisfied and productive at work but also gives them the flexibility to focus on what matters most to them — whether that’s family, a passion project, or giving back to the community,” said Ben Wald, founder and head of client strategy at Very. “We’re thrilled to see that people are as happy about working here as we are to have them.”
“Building a great corporate culture comes only from strong leadership,” says Inc. magazine editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from, especially now, when company culture is more important to the workforce than ever.”
While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes — all of which are part of Very’s extensive benefits plan:
- 100 percent provide health insurance.
- 50 percent allow employees to bring pets to work.
- 62 percent take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge.
- 20 percent offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service.
To learn more about what it’s like to work at Very and see our open positions, check out our careers page here.
About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee-engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit QuantumWorkplace.com.