Ah the office. For the last two months most of us have not been to our company’s physical headquarters or satellite branches — whereverit was that we would hang our hat during the workday,pre-coronavirus. What those workspaces will look likeas we return will undoubtedly be different as socialdistancing is still necessary. In the long run, it is evenmore unclear what form those four walls will take.
But an office is not the same as the company itself.That will be abundantly clear, if it isn’t already, as youread through the following pages of our selection of theBest Places to Work.
While amenities are always nice — and certainlymany of our nominees provide some cutting-edge ones— a Best Place to Work is a far more encompassingconcept, including such matters as how employeesare treated, the tenor of the corporate culture and therelationship the CEO and executives have within theenterprise and outside of it. We choose those firms thatbest fit that criteria and we would bank that as theiremployees return to the office — with appropriate safetymeasures in place — that they are happy to be there.
Agree Realty Corp.
National net lease REIT Agree Realty Corp. considersteam members to be the company’s most important asset,and it invests time and resources into cultivating a collaborative and supportive work environment. At the office,employees are treated to curated events, like team lunchesand happy hours, and have access to amenities, like high-tech conference rooms, onsite cafes and a fitness centerequipped with locker rooms.
But, Agree goes beyond in-office perks to support
employees. For example, the company pays for 100% of
medical insurance premiums for all team members and
their dependents, and—perhaps most impressively—
Agree is dedicated to internal mobility. The company
partners with employees to develop technical and soft
skills that will guide them through the next career level.
“The company succeeds in large part due to an acquisi-
tion-based business model built on the spirit of a high-
achieving, competitive and engaged workforce,” says
David Wolff, chief accounting officer at Agree, who
stresses the importance of the company’s strong execu-
tive leadership, investment in resources, an entrepre-
neurial environment and personal accountability. “The
company’s core values and rules for victory have fostered
a winning mentality and culture. I have worked at other
successful businesses with attractive cultures. None have
quite achieved the particular mix of the attributes above
as well as Agree Realty.”
This environment has been a winning model for both
employees and the company, which has grown a nearly 15
million-square-foot portfolio in 46 states. “I have never
worked for an organization that has been able to fully sup-
port the people within the company and achieve stellar
business results,” says Nicole Witteveen, VP of people and
culture. “When you work here, you feel like everyone is
working towards shared goals, rather than teams working
in silos. There is a constant and open flow of information
from the top down and across all teams.”
This is due to Agree’s core competency framework,
which outlines employee expectations and pushes trans-
parency, collaboration and best practices throughout the
organization. Employees feel both like they are integral in
achieving the company’s goals and share in the success.
“Team members are aligned on company goals and each
person works hard for the company to succeed rather
than just looking out for their own achievements,” adds
Witteveen. “Our team members all have a strong sense of
ownership mentality so everyone brings their best self to
work each day which makes each of us better.”