Chief Executive Officers for the Work Environment of the Year finalists, clockwise from leading left: Matt Oppenheimer, Remitly; Karen Clark Cole, Blink UX; Alex Algard, Hiya; Brea Starmer, Lions + Tigers; Mark Liffmann, Omnidian.

After a year in which the analysis of “office” happened particularly fluid, our understanding of what generates a fantastic location to operate relocated as substantially as the physical spaces we have really inhabited throughout the pandemic.

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Lions + Tigers

  • Remote work alterations: The marketing functioning as a specialist company presently considered itself a champ of workplace flexibility, nevertheless mentions it surpassed as well as additionally yet previous year to concentrate on the overall well being as well as additionally psychological safety of its area. Open up communication from the administration team as well as additionally cutting-edge approaches to affix in between coworkers was important. A gratuity was made use of for improving at-home workplaces, as were finding sessions on topics such as engaging result, bias in addition to benefit, in addition to conversations pertaining to race, nationwide politics, the pandemic as well as additionally a great deal much more.
  • Juries’ declarations on DEI: The organization’s strong focus on selection resounded with this affirmation: “We select incorporation. We begin with ladies. We focus on financial accessibility. Varied depiction is deliberate as well as drives technology. We companion with those that purchase developing accessibility for ladies and also the BIPOC neighborhood.”


  • Remote work modifications: The digital payment startup consisted of added getaways to the timetable to offer team member one trip every month till its waited for return-to-office day, to market self-care in addition to health and wellness. To help with the change to operating from home, each of Remitly’s organization team member got a $500 gratuity to help with costs connected to acquiring their workplace developed, day care costs, homeschooling, as well as additionally added.
  • Juries’ talk about DEI: A globally focus in addition to understanding allows business to take a much more detailed focus on selection. A strong dedication to expanding a different as well as additionally detailed workforce previous presumption to assure a culture of belonging.


  • Remote work modifications: The organization, which offers protection for solar power systems, took complete satisfaction in weathering the challenges, distress, as well as additionally privacy of the pandemic with each various other. They worked attractively to keep the team whole, with definitely no discharges, full pay, in addition to added supply options. Employee worked attractively stay affixed using groups, jobs in addition to improved communication.
  • Juries’ talk about DEI: A strong devotion to selection, area engagement as well as additionally personnel retention. They have really established a different work swimming pool in addition to tactically developed line of work programs for employees focusing on advancement, development, in addition to enhancement.


  • Remote work modifications: Spam telephone call blocking startup Hiya established a required day off for all employees on the last Friday of every month as well as additionally took care of team member on an exclusive level to assure they had the flexibility to look after their relative in addition to health in addition to take comprehensive periods off to look after their kids. Digital team-building jobs such as electronic resort locations were consisted of, along with free of charge supplied lunches. New boards as well as additionally programs focused on selection in addition to enhancement along with referred to as well as innovation.
  • Juries’ declarations on DEI: Hiya carried out a strong focus on increasing its workforce, additionally throughout the pandemic. The company’s strategy to “anti-values” made it clear “what they are not around.” Throughout the pandemic, business focused on self-care in addition to emotional health and wellness and also health– implementing a required advancing day off for team member on the last Friday of month-to-month.

Blink UX

  • Remote work modifications: The user-experience research as well as additionally format company rallied to provide necessary support in addition to resources including products for comfortable remote work. Workers were supplied the minute in addition to area they called for to care for themselves in addition to their relative in addition to Blink common resources in addition to arranged management-facilitated training sessions around the value of administration throughout the pandemic.
  • Juries’ talk about DEI: 2 huge pro-bono jobs Blink UX used exposed a decision to “roll up their sleeves” in addition to get consisted of. The company similarly showcases a deep focus on concern in administration, asking its employees: “Are you doing OK?” Constant focus on the “under-represented international bulks.”

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