Fortune magazine has released it's list

of the 100 best companies to work for.

Number one is Edward Jones, a stockbrokerage based in St Louis. It invests, on average, a staggering 146 hours per year in employee training.

That's about 3.5 weeks of training per year, on someone else's dime.

It's interesting to read through the company profiles. Salary is not meaningless, but people are seemingly concerned about things like:

  1. Having their voices heard in the decision-making process. I'm editorializing here, but flat management structures are cool, and open-door policies are great.

  2. Implementing creative and generous benefits like tuition reimbursement, on-site yoga, daycare, time off to take care of sick pets (!), etc.

  3. Companies that invest in its employees, and don't just pay lip service to how valuable it considers its employees. This ultimately is a measure of how valued an employee is, because investing in employee training affects the short-term bottom line and the rewards are often intangible and appear in the future.

Informative stuff. It should be required reading for HR execs everywhere.

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Hi, I'm Kareem Mayan. I co-founded eduFire, an online video tutoring company.

I've done time at ESPN and FIM.

I advise WorldBlu, helping them build democratic companies.

I moderated a council for Creative Good.

And, I helped bring Barcamp, a technology un-conference, to LA, which is where I live. I am now living and working in cool cities around the world.

More about me.

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