Top Workplace Articles of 2021

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With introduction by Claire Hastwell

This past year has proved itself to be a continuation of 2020’s uncertainty. Around the globe, lockdown cycles, variants and anti-vax movements have paved the way for a “new normal” that feels anything but normal.

But despite all this, 2021 also brought us stories of hope, from companies that truly embody what it means to be a great place to work. Employers are stepping up for social justice, giving back to their communities and inspiring their employees through For All™ leadership.

We always strive to keep our blog timely and relevant to what’s happening in the world. That’s why throughout 2021, we’ve continued to monitor the lingering impacts of COVID-19 on the workplace, conduct new research on employee satisfaction and share stories from employers who are finding new and innovative ways to enhance company culture.

From employee well-being topics to the evolving role of HR, these are the conversations that have shaped our 2021 and yours.

It is no surprise that the most viewed article this year talks about health and wellness as the challenges on well-being were magnified with the tests of this year and “Burnout” has become a by-word.

Inspiring and real stories from Humans of Great Workplaces in the Philippines. We share stories from companies like Paypal and Synchrony.

Now more than ever, employees value strong leadership, benefits and giving back to the community. We’ve seen how Best Workplaces in Asia like DHL Express and Canva created a workplace culture that is cut above the rest.

Articulating your organization’s values and purposes through a definitive employer brand has never been more important than it is this year, with the great resignation looming over the horizon.

The indomitable bayanihan spirit has risen above the challenges of COVID-19 in the years that it challenged the country and the world. We shared inspiring stories of people-first leadership practices from Philippine companies like Synchrony, Paypal, Ingram Micro, 3M Global Service Center, White & Case and other organizations in our growing Great Place to Work-Certified™ Community.

HR professionals have proven to be the essential workers of every workplace, the unsung heroes of every organization. The people whose heart and passion fuels the improvement and transformation of workplaces in this ever-evolving landscape.

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To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.