My First Experience at a Best-in-Class Workplace
Only 4 weeks into my brand new role as the Marketing Manager at HatchWorks, it was announced that we had been honored as a 2022 Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine, which is known for its annual rankings of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States, called the “Inc. 500” and “Inc. 5000.”
I’d never worked at such a prestigious company before, though it had always been a major ambition of mine. Previous employers have won local awards, broke sales records, and achieved a variety of unique wins within their industries, but being recognized as a great place to work requires the effort, input, and dedication of the entire team.
As I set my sights on new employment opportunities, it was no longer enough to be a record-breaker or industry disruptor. The company I wanted to work for also needed a strong team culture that would allow me to be myself and perform beyond my current capabilities. Like millions of other employees, I participated in “the Great Reshuffle,” seeking more fulfilling roles with greater flexibility.
The Great Reshuffle
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of February 2022, the US unemployment rate reached 3.8%, only 0.3% higher than February 2020, a month before the pandemic shuttered businesses and schools across the United States and the world.
During that same period, we’ve seen the quit rate of US employees continue to rise as they seek better opportunities; however, hire rates also continue to rise, outpacing the number of Americans leaving their jobs.
Current trends indicate that workers are reassessing how, where, and why they work, with job seekers prioritizing remote work, new roles, compensation and benefits, culture, and improved work-life balance. Workers are empowered and actively demanding more from their workplaces.
In alignment with these trends, I prioritized three specific qualities that I was seeking in an employer:
- Exciting and challenging work,
- Intelligent, kind, and driven colleagues, and
- Engaged leadership that promotes positive culture.
Needless to say, I found all three of these qualities and more at HatchWorks.
What makes HatchWorks a Best Workplace?
HatchWorks has been recognized as a Best Place to Work three times in the past 2 years, including the latest recognition from Inc. These awards have a rigorous evaluation process involving employee surveys and 3rd party audits that cover management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth, and overall company culture.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized HatchWorks as a Best Place to Work in 2020 and 2021, highlighting that they go above and beyond to keep their workforces happy.
This commitment to being a best workplace has propelled HatchWorks growth as shown by ranking on the 2021 Inc 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.
How Has Hatchworks Helped You To Grow Or Develop?
I knew going in that HatchWorks, while a relatively young company, was gaining significant acknowledgment in the software development and product design industry year after year. That said, I was still shocked at how quickly I felt like a member of the team.
Our CEO, Brandon Powell, acts as the primary driver of company culture, making himself open and accessible to his employees and facilitating great communication to a team that is spread across the US and Latin America.
Company leadership and senior-level employees not only made me feel welcome, but they also made me feel needed. My personal brand and social media activity was encouraged for the first time in my career. My coworkers immediately asked my opinions, even though I was one of the new guys.
Our Agile methodology allowed me to hit the ground running, collaborate with team members across multiple departments, and impact our outgoing communications within days of starting of a new job.
Why Do Our Customers Love Hatchworks?
I could go on and on about the positive experiences that I’ve had as an employee over the past couple of months, but it’s not all about me. Our core values at HatchWorks encourage us to put the team before the individual and to create raving fans of our customers.
When you read our customer reviews, you’ll notice these recurring themes and comments:
- We are flexible, responsive, and personable.
- We set clear expectations.
- We have a strong structure to guide the process.
- We deliver great quality work.
- We are your strategic partners.
These qualities didn’t happen by accident. They are the result of the combined effort of the team at HatchWorks to create a great workplace, one that values its team members, their time, and their lives outside of work.
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Why Join the HatchWorks team?
If you’re wondering like I was if the “Great Reshuffle” represents an attainable opportunity and not just an over-publicized trend, I encourage you to reach out to those companies that have been recognized for their commitments and efforts to make quality workplaces and long-lasting relationships. I was fortunate enough to find the role I needed at a company that fills me with pride.
If you want to be a part of a growing, multi-award winning company, consider applying at HatchWorks today. Our employees are chosen not only for their skills but their values and respect for their peers’ strengths and contributions — the true essence of a team.
We intentionally strive to create and support diverse and inclusive teams that bring together people—each with different points of view that make us and our work better.
We are always on the lookout for employees who are passionate, tenacious, selfless, intuitive, creative, and curious. Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you.