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20 Words that Describe the Best Workplaces

/ 3.13.18

Best WorkplacesEvery employer strives to create a good workplace for their employees. But leaders are quickly realizing that a good work environment isn’t enough. You must strive for the best work environment possible for your employees.


So what makes the best work environment? Our latest research helped us uncover the answer.


In our Best Places to Work survey, we ask respondents the following question: What three words best describe your work environment? Almost half a million survey responses from organizations competing in America’s Best Places to Work contest helped us uncover the top 20 elements of the best workplaces.    


Download the ebook! 20 Words to Describe the Best Workplaces


Words to Describe Culture at America's Best Places to Work


The following words are ranked by how frequently they were mentioned, from most frequent to least frequent. 


1. Fun

2. Challenging 

3. Friendly

4. Engaging

5. Rewarding

6. Collaborative

7. Flexible

8. Supportive

9. Exciting


11. Family

12. Professional

13. Busy

14. Fast-paced

15. Innovative


17. Motivating

18. Positive

19. Comfortable

20. Integrity



Here are some tips on how to implement a few of these elements into your own culture!

1. Fun

  • Provide in-office games, like a ping pong table or board game station.
  • Host themed office parties for common holidays.
  • Surprise employees by bringing in coffee, catering lunch, or hosting a happy hour.

2. Challenging

  • Encourage employees to take on different responsibilities outside their daily tasks.
  • Push employees to create challenging stretch goals.
  • Use GOOD one-on-one meetings for thought-provoking career discussions.

3. Friendly

  • Create a welcoming onboarding experience.
  • Hold quarterly, cross-departmental gatherings so employees get to know other teams.
  • Assign a culture coach to new hires to teach them how the organization functions and answer any questions.


Get ideas for all 20 elements of the best workplaces by downloading our ebook, 20 Words That Describe The Best Workplaces.


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