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Connected, Mission-Focused, and Thriving

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First Published on Fortune.com, February 18, 2020 as part of the 100 Best Companies to Work For rankings

 

Workiva (NYSE:WK) knows workplaces. The tech firm provides business software that helps public and private companies, governments, and other customers build data-rich reports on a cloud-based platform. So it’s no wonder Workiva’s workplace stands out as one where employees understand the importance of connection.

By utilizing cloud solutions, Workiva employees are able to tap into the company’s connected reporting platform and work seamlessly together, no matter where or when they’re working. And with adaptable work hours—which enable employees to enjoy their children’s school events, care for family members, or volunteer in their communities—communication between remote teams is critical. To support this work-life balance, Workiva teams leverage the power of video conferencing and digital chat rooms to make everyone feel engaged and focused on achieving their goals and objectives.

This level of connectivity and engagement helps strategic decision-making, driven by employees as well as customers. For instance, frequent town hall events ensure management takes employees’ observations and ideas to heart. And at quarterly “All Hands” meetings, live question-and-answer sessions let any employee interact with the executive leadership team.

“Employees’ questions during our live Q&A are not filtered and are answered on the spot, fostering a culture of open communication and transparency,” says Marty Vanderploeg, CEO of Workiva. It’s no wonder that Workiva’s tagline is “My Voice. My Company.”

Keeping employees linked to one another and to Workiva’s mission to build trust and transparency has fueled success. The company’s products and services, which put financial data in context for regulators, investors, and others, are used by more than 3,400 organizations in more than 180 countries. But it’s the way employees go above and beyond their job descriptions that makes Workiva shine. In 2019, employees devoted more than 2,500 hours to community causes, including school literacy initiatives and tech support for minority-owned businesses, through a policy that gives every employee one paid volunteer day off each year. Employees can also donate paid days off to help a coworker in need.

In the office, professional development programs offer employees a clear career path. In 2019, more than 100 interns participated in programs that routinely lead to entry-level hires. And seasoned employees find opportunities to reach new career heights, such as the Women of Workiva (WoW) Leadership Academy, a year-long professional development program for female leaders.

“We have a variety of learning and development programs that give our employees the resources they need to be successful in their careers today and prepare them for advancement in the future,” Vanderploeg. “These programs create a pipeline for leadership succession, build more self-awareness, and increase retention.”

With programs like this in place, it’s clear that Workiva understands the full power of connection.

 

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