Sept. 29 Issue

Diane Harris

Deputy Editor

One trend is clear from the companies on Newsweek's third annual ranking of the 100 Most Loved Workplaces in America: Policies popularized during the pandemic, such as remote work and wellness benefits, are not fleeting trends. They are table stakes in the race to win the respect and loyalty of workers. See which companies made the cut, what they offer and whether your employer is among them in this week's cover story. Plus: a closer look at the future of hybrid work (hint: it's messy).

"Trends vary across industries and regions... but the data show that hybrid work is the prevailing trend." Louis Carter, CEO, Best Practice Institute.

Hybrid, flexible schedules? Check. So-called "quiet hiring" policies that provide opportunities for professional development, then seek to promote from within? Check. Benefits that recognize the importance of wellness, mental health and time off? Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and give back to the community? Check, check and check.The companies in Newsweek's top 100 routinely offer most or all of this and more. One burgeoning trend: help for the financial challenges many employees face in today's economy or due to natural disasters or personal upheaval. No. 1 Marriott Vacations Worldwide, for example, raised frontline wages in all of its markets last year. No. 2 Fairway Independent Mortgage's employee relief program awarded more than $96,000 in 2022. Greif (53) and J.J. Keller (74) also have hardship funds, Goodway Group (65) and Fogelman (79) offered stipends to counter inflation.

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