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BlueConic SVP explains how to become a “Best Place to Work”

With flexibility as the number one requirement of job seekers, BlueConic allows employees to work a hybrid schedule or fully remotely, if desired. They also receive stipends for home office equipment, another benefit that has emerged during the pandemic. While granting this freedom, the company understands that there is a delicate balance to ensure employees always feel connected. That’s why there’s a company-wide, half-hour Zoom meeting every two weeks to catch everyone up on what’s going on. If you happen to miss it, don’t worry – the meeting is recorded and a transcript is sent. Additionally, President and COO Cory Munchbach produces a monthly newsletter with news and dedications to keep employees engaged and recognized.

Indeed, the leadership of the company is very present with the employees. So much so, Boardman says, that there is an open-door policy, where anyone can speak to anyone else in the company if needed. This level playing field can be seen on Slack, BlueConic’s main communication tool, where daily activity is posted, such as posting a photo of your first car or sharing your favorite movie that begins with the letter R. These humorous conversations started during the pandemic and foster camaraderie as people work from home.

“We understand that people need different things at different times, and we try to meet them where they are,” Boardman says. “These practices foster and reinforce an environment in which everyone is heard. For your job to be fulfilling and for you to enjoy the people you work with matters a lot.

BlueConic also emphasizes cross-functional training and internal promotion. Learning and development opportunities are available quarterly and the HR team identifies courses that may be of interest to employees. During the onboarding process, for example, there is an inclusion course that all new hires must complete. In terms of homework, employees also receive Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map. After reading it as part of the company’s book club, Boardman and his colleagues were so inspired by it that they added it to the new rental record.

“It’s interesting to think about the different norms around benefits and how they reflect and support a culture,” she says.