The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a historic wave of resignations that has forced companies to rethink not just where to work, but how to improve the employee experience. According to a new study from LinkedIn, some companies have overcome these seismic shifts to perform better than others. On Wednesday, the networking platform released its annual Best Companies list identifying the 50 best places in the United States for professionals to develop their careers. Amazon ranked n1 on the list, followed by Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Wells Fargo. IBM is content with sixth place and Apple with ninth.
Amazon is number 1
Amazon claimed the top spot this year after making significant investments to improve employee wellbeing and support employee development, said Dan Roth, editor and vice president of LinkedIn.
The thing we measure on this list is “Does this [entreprise] help you progress in your career? And Amazon, by all our data, is absolutely number one for that,” he adds.
Over the past 12 months, the e-commerce company has more than doubled the company’s maximum base employee salary, introduced new mental health benefits and announced it will cover 100% of education costs for hourly employees. , to name just a few examples.
It’s important to note, however, that Amazon has faced a barrage of criticism for its treatment of warehouse workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and for fostering a brutal work culture. Just days ago, Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse voted to unionize, becoming the first group at a US facility operated by the tech giant to do so.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy acknowledged that the company could improve its treatment of employees at the GeekWire Seattle summit in October. I think if you have a large group of people like us – we have 1.2 million employees – it’s almost like a small country,” he said. There are many things you could do better.
There are three things that set the best companies apart from their competitors*: offering flexible work arrangements, plenty of professional development opportunities (job rotations with tuition fees, mentoring) and strong mental health services (free counseling, additional country leave), adds Roth.
Google’s Alphabet takes second place
It’s been a big year for Alphabet*: the company added almost 6,500*employees in the last quarter and saw significant growth on Google’s cloud service and on YouTube (whose revenue is now growing at a faster rate than Netflix). For those interested in flexibility, the tech gauntlet has a robust offering. In addition to adopting a hybrid working model, Alphabet offers four weeks of work from anywhere per year, sabbaticals for long-term employees and non-meeting days, the company LinkedIn said. But Alphabet has also strived to maintain a collaborative culture and support career growth while working remotely. Employees can take advantage of resource groups like [email protected], as well as its Googler-to-Googler training, which allows its employees to learn first-hand knowledge in different areas from other employees.
Earlier this month, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees that the company will slow the pace of hiring and investment until 2023. Like all companies, we are not there. sheltered from economic headwinds,” Pichai wrote in the memo. We must be more enterprising, working with greater urgency, sharper focus, and more hunger than we have shown on the sunnier days.
He began by acknowledging that the uncertain global economic outlook has been a priority.
IBM in sixth position
The tech giant has renewed its perks offerings amid the big shakeup, IBM LinkedIn said. New initiatives include increased paid leave, more promotion and salary reviews, relief dependent care, virtual tutoring and compassionate leave for parents who experience a stillbirth or miscarriage. As the company moves toward a hybrid working model that lets employees decide how often they want to be onsite, IBM has also transformed its onboarding process with a focus on empathy and engagement to help remote new hires feel more connected.
Earlier this year, documents revealed exchanges showing animosity towards older employees from senior company officials. Internal emails in the report show IBM executives calling older workers “baby dinosaurs” and discussing plans to “push them out of the company’s offices and turn them into a “dyed species”. The same company officials also complained that IBM’s workforce is dated and needs to change.
The documents stem from a case that dates back to September 2018, during which time an extensive investigation uncovered alleged abuses of age discrimination within the tech industry. The report noted that IBM laid off approximately 20,000 US employees over the age of 40, representing approximately 60% of its total US job cuts during the period in question. The survey focused on testimonies collected from more than 1,100 former IBM employees. Shannon Liss-Riordan has filed a class action lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of three former IBM employees who claim the tech company discriminated against them because of their age when it fired them.
Apple is in ninth position
Apple is increasing benefits and wages for retail workers to attract and retain employees at its 270 U.S. retail stores, including doubling sick days for full-time and part-time employees and providing more vacation days. Its retail employees are also entitled to paid parental leave and can access reduced-cost emergency daycare. After being one of the first companies to tell its employees to work remotely in March 2020, Apple is now asking them to return to the office three days a week.
In an internal memo seen by Bloomberg in May, Apple said it would delay its three-day office work requirement, which was due to take effect that month. The memo said the recent upsurge in covid-19 cases is the reason for the postponement and did not provide a specific date for a new attempt. Apple employees were then still required to work in the office two days a week and now had to wear masks in common areas.
At the same time, Ian Goodfellow, Apple’s former director of machine learning, who left the company dramatically, at least in part because of his remote working restrictions, was set to join Alphabet’s DeepMind. Sources said Goodfellow will be joining DeepMind as an Individual Contributor, having previously worked as a Principal Researcher at Google in 2019.
The job change was a blow to Apple, a company that has struggled to appease workers who disagree with its return-to-work strategy. Goodfellow, who is the longest-serving member known to jump ship because of remote work so far, addressed the issue directly in a memo to staff seen by reporter Zo Schiffer. “I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” Goodfellow wrote.
Goodfellow’s departure came around the same time that a group of Apple employees wrote an open letter to company executives criticizing policies they said were “fear-driven”. We are not asking that everyone be forced to work from home. We ask that we decide for ourselves, with our teams and our direct manager, what type of arrangement works best for each of us, whether in an office, at home or in a hybrid approach. Stop treating us like schoolboys who must be told when to be where and what homework to do, the letter reads.
More than ever, workers are ready to abandon their company for workplace flexibility. According to an April ADP report, nearly two-thirds (64%) of American workers said they would consider looking for a new job if forced to return to a full-time office.
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