Fortune has just unveiled its top 25 workplaces for 2020.
In a year like no other, a number of companies have risen to and even passed expectations for their employees – and the community at large – amid this toughest of years.
Technology company Cisco came in first spot on the list for the second year in row. Transportation and logistics giant DHL was listed second, while international hotel giant Hilton ranked in third place.
Fortune pointed out that “these companies have met the historic challenges of 2020 in human, inspiring ways”.
Cisco presented a compelling case, During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company challenge of linking up systems and customers was tested as never before. Demand for Cisco’s video collaboration tool (Webex) jumped through the roof as people began to work from home – requiring determination on the part of both Cisco’s frontline employees and leaders.
A total of 87% of Cisco employees across the global called the company “a psychologically and emotionally healthy workplace” heading into the pandemic. That’s one of the highest global marks in Great Place to Work, according to Fortune’s research
Once the pandemic hit, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and his leadership team began weekly “check-ins” of an hour or longer to listen to employees and address their concerns.
According to one Cisco employee, “We feel connected mentally even though we are confined home. During COVID, I sometimes drove by [the] offices just to see the Cisco logos and campus. I am longing to get back to Cisco office again after COVID, because Cisco is part of my identity.”
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Fortune’s top 10
The tech giant also demonstrated courage as it confronted racism in the workplace head-on.
Sparked by George Floyd’s murder, Cisco launched a 100-day ‘sprint’ to tackle areas of racial inequity within the organisation. Such initiatives helped prepare the tech giant for a society-wide focus on racism.
According to Fortune, “Judging by employees’ overwhelmingly positive reaction to the conversations about equity, Cisco’s courage to connect is advancing the cause of racial justice – even as it motivates employees to bring their best to work.”
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