As the final entry in our 20 Days to a Better Firm series, we thought it would be worth noting that the best workplaces know when to stop working.
All of our 2015 Best Firms to Work For help their employees indulge in a little fun from time to time, reaping the rewards in better attitudes, stronger firm ties, closer teamwork, and happier staff. Below, we’ve included some of our favorite ways these top firms make work more fun.
- Any firm that has an ugly sweater contest is on the right track.
- Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong LLP caught our eye for having the best range of firm outings for its 22 employees – from museums to horse races.
- Formal “Fun Committees” are fairly common among the Best Firms to Work For, but most people don’t associate fun with committees, so we’ll highlight Frazier & Deeter’s Sunshine Committee, which does many of the same things – hosting monthly birthday parties, celebrating staff marriages and babies, decorating the break room, and so on – but with a better name.
- WithumSmith+Brown PC is famous for its annual firm videos, which feature many of its more than 500 staff having a great time dancing and lip-synching with reckless abandon (and a surprising amount of talent).
- ATKG gets points for its impromptu dodgeball games, celebrating National Mac & Cheese Day, and for declaring that “Plaid Is Rad,” and dressing appropriately.
- Any firm with a miniature golf or putt-putt course on site – whether permanent or temporary – is automatically near the head of the fun pack. Anders CPAs gets the nod here for a recent tournament that featured 29 teams.
- True Partners Consulting LLC is right near the top of our list of funnest firm activities for its fundraising contest that includes the chance to "pie a partner" – which we can only hope means exactly what we think it means.
- But as fun as all that may be, we declare BeachFleischman the Entirely Unofficial Most Fun Firm We Know, for celebrating Star Wars Day on May 4 with a potluck featuring "Wookie Cookies," "Chewie's Chili" and "Millennium Falcorn Bread."
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