On any given weekday more than 80% of us head to work. In an average year most people will work more than 2,000 hours at a full-time job and during an average American worker’s lifetime they will spend about 90,000 hours at work—that’s over 3,750 days! Add to that the average 30,000 lifetime hours spent commuting to work (1,250 days) and that’s a lot of time devoted to your job.
Sadly, according to a recent survey by the think tank The Conference Board only 51% of employees said that they were satisfied with their job overall. With unemployment rates at historic lows and employees leaving their jobs voluntarily more than ever, it’s important for employers to look at what they can do to retain their workforce. Forbes Magazine says that “to truly enjoy their jobs, employees must feel that their employers respect them and will provide them with what they need to be successful in both their professional and personal lives.”
So, if you are an employer how do you know if you are getting it right? One way is to see what your employees think about working for you. For the past 11 years, The Boston Globe has partnered with research and consulting firm, Energage, to manage company nominations and survey their employees on what they think about their workplace. The surveys are conducted anonymously and ask questions that cover 24 different factors. 128 of the 318 organizations that took this year’s survey made it onto The Boston Globe’s 2018 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts list.
TransAction Associates is proud to have made that list for the second time. A woman-owned and operated business for more than 28 years, the company has grown from one employee to 150 and has expanded from a transportation consulting business to also include a corporate shuttle and private charter division. In those 28 years we have been incredibly fortunate to have top-notch employees who share in our corporate vision. It’s not often that we pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done, but in this case, we will take a bow and thank our team for recognizing us. At TransAction Associates, we live our mission every day: “To deliver a standard of excellence that conveys our core values of safety, dedication, honesty, and integrity.”
Congratulations to all of the companies on the list. You know that you are doing something right when your employees take the time to tell you they are happy. Thomas Edison said “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” We wish that for the 80% of you who are heading out to work again tomorrow!