GroundFloor Media Recognized in Top Ten of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2018
Longest-running company nationwide to be recognized in the top ten
DENVER (Nov. 1, 2018) – GroundFloor Media (GFM), an award-winning communications firm focused on public relations and crisis & issues management, has been named number eight of Outside’s Best Places to Work of 2018 for the sixth consecutive year and is now the longest-running nationwide company to be listed in the top ten. Each year, Outside recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees to strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious and prioritize giving back to the community.
In addition to a generous list of traditional benefits, GroundFloor Media offers a wide variety of non-traditional benefits to cultivate what they’ve coined a “work-life blend.” Highlights include flexible office hours and telecommuting options; a “Trusted Time Off” policy with no set number of vacation or personal days in a year; “Zero Entry Mondays” during which employees can ease into the work week by using Monday mornings to catch up on professional and/or personal tasks before the office physically opens at 11 a.m.; paid time off to volunteer for charitable organizations, schools and other community-based groups; a monthly “active lifestyle allowance” to promote a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit; annual Outward Bound Professional team-building days; and a paid, four-week sabbatical for team members who have completed 10 years of employment with the agency. This past year, the weekly GroundFloor Media “Beer Club” was taken on the road once per month to experience Denver’s multitude of craft breweries in person.
In 2015, the agency established the Get Grounded Foundation, a private 501(c)(3) that provides one-year community grants for new, innovative and entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly support the healthy development of at-risk youth in the Denver Metro area in the areas of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $100,000 in cash grants.
“We feel fortunate to be named among the top 10 Best Places to Work by Outside magazine for the sixth year in a row and to be the longest-running company listed in the top ten,” said Ramonna Robinson, president of GroundFloor Media. “Our goal is to provide each of our team members the opportunity and flexibility needed to seamlessly ‘blend’ the responsibilities of both work life and personal life. We are proud of the benefits we offer that empower our team members to do great work while achieving that ‘work/life’ blend.”
“GroundFloor Media has always supported me in having the flexible lifestyle needed when things in life change,” said Adrienne Schafer, director of digital strategy. “As a working parent, this is something I am so appreciative to have as part of the culture at GroundFloor Media."
“Companies from across the country entered a rigorous two-part survey process to make the winning list,” said Abigail Wise, online managing editor of Outside. “Employees took part in a survey to measure personal experience, while The Best Companies Group evaluated each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics.”
The winning companies are those that value productivity in combination with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle, for a fulfilling experience inside and outside the office. This is Outside’s 10th year providing the Best Places to Work list.
Best Places to Work 2018 Top Ten Winners:
- Southwest Michigan First - Kalamazoo, MI (Non-Profit – Other)
- Peak Design - San Francisco, CA (Product Design)
- WhippleWood CPAs - Littleton, CO (Accounting)
- Adaptivesports.org - Crested Butte, CO (Non-Profit – Other)
- Ergodyne - Saint Paul, MN (Safety Products)
- BSW Wealth Partners - Boulder, CO (Financial Services – Other)
- Global Citizen Year - Oakland, CA (Education)
- GroundFloor Media - Denver, CO (Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing)
- Choozle - Denver, CO (Technology)
- Power Digital Marketing - San Diego, CA (Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing)
Powered by employee workplace reviews and considering factors like corporate culture, job satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement, the Best Places to Work list represents the top companies that are not only empowering but also encouraging their employees to live better, healthier and more active lives.
Created in conjunction with the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group, the complete list of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2018 is available at OutsideOnline.com.
For more information on Outside’s Best Places to Work 2018 or to schedule an interview with an editor, please contact Kailey McGarvey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.695.7046.
About GroundFloor Media & CenterTable
Founded in 2001, GroundFloor Media (GFM) is an award-winning communications firm, focused on public relations and crisis & issues management. Its sister agency, CenterTable, helps clients create direct and measurable connections with their target audiences through social media, digital advertising, website design and development, SEO, video production, creative campaigns and content development.
Headquartered in Denver, the agencies have more than 39 team members throughout the U.S., with global reach across 50 countries through membership in PROI, the industry’s largest partnership of independent market-leading agencies.
GFM has been recognized six times by Outside magazine as one of the top ten Best Places to Work in America. In addition, GFM was named a Certified B Corporation® in 2016 by the global nonprofit B Lab®. The certification recognizes companies meeting the highest global standards for corporate transparency, accountability and social and environmental performance.
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