When for the 2nd year in a row, Keono was voted one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2017 , we wanted to delve into the list that showcases the results of a number of wide-ranging private American companies to see how they have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.  Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singles out just over 200 winning companies, and wherever you are based in the World, there is a lesson to be learned.
What they say
Inc. magazine says it’s more than attractive pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humour, and leadership that makes the two work well together.

“To be recognised as one of the best places to work in the entire country two years in a row is an honour of which I’m extremely proud,” said Michael Medema, founder and CEO of Keono. “We’ve created an environment that allows every team member the resources, respect, and support to perform their jobs extremely well. Yes, our perks and flexibility are impressive, but it’s the way we treat our team members, clients, and vendors that separates us from others.”

What do winners and nominees have in common?
While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

· Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
· Workers at the best companies aren’t mesmerised by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
· When employees feel valued by their organisation, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.
· Keono provides five paid days off each year to volunteer, donates $1,000 to every team member’s charity of choice, pays for team members’ monthly health club or spa fees, and covers 100% of the health insurance for team members.

“Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves,” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc.’s President and Editor In Chief.