Happiness at the job isn’t just kombucha on tap and trendy lounges.
For the past two years, companies have balanced concerns with COVID-19 and integrating workers back into offices.
The five finalists for Workplace of the Year at this year’s GeekWire Awards — Edifecs, Icertis, F5, Uplevel, and Flyhomes — stand out for the benefits they offer and their workplace culture.
Last year’s winner was Remitly, which went public in September.
The GeekWire Awards recognize the top innovators and companies in Pacific Northwest technology. Finalists in this category and others were selected based on community nominations, along with input from GeekWire Awards judges. Community voting across all categories will continue until April 22, combined with feedback from judges to determine the winner in each category.
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What they do: The Bellevue, Wash.-based healthcare software company offers services that enable interoperability of data across systems, unifying clinical and financial information. In 2020, Edifecs landed a private equity cash infusion in a deal reportedly valued at $1.4 billion.
Inside the culture: Edifecs prides itself on centering its culture “from the inside out,” ensuring each employee has access to health and wellness resources they need to feel happy and productive at work. The company offers a state-of-the-art “Wellbeing Center” complete with yoga classes, bikes for commuting, fresh-squeezed juice, and weekly cooking classes. It also offers virtual dance classes and nutrition support.
What they do: The Seattle-based cybersecurity company provides software solutions for companies seeking to harden their defenses. In November, F5 said it had more than 600 businesses as Software as a Service and managed services customers.
Inside the culture: To address burnout and the difficulty of differentiating work and home during remote work, F5 implemented Wellness Fridays and Wellness Weekends. Employees can take paid holidays on these days and participate in Learning Days to pursue professional development.
What they do: The Seattle-based real estate startup enables homebuyers to pay in cash. Founded in 2016, the company raised $150 million in June.
Inside the culture: Flyhomes’s “people-centric approach” extends to its employees who have flexible work schedules with unlimited paid time off. Other benefits include paid time off for community service and reimbursing employees for fitness memberships.
What they do: The Bellevue, Wash.-based startup sells contract management software. Founded in 2009, Icertis has raised more than $280 million in venture capital including an undisclosed investment from SAP and SoftBank earlier this year.
Inside the culture: Icertis focused on providing resources to encourage employee well-being during the pandemic. These included mental health programs such as meditation challenge, and giving employees seven paid days to volunteer in the community.
What they do: The Seattle-based startup and spinout of Madrona Venture Labs delivers analytics to help mitigate employee burnout. The company was founded by an organizational psychologist and technology executives with shared experience at Microsoft.
Inside the culture: The company’s focus on professional development and mental well-being includes Friday game time, remote events, and personal and professional stipends. Uplevel implemented a 4-day workweek test between January and March 2022.
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