The professional answering service debuts at the top of the list. A large part of Ruby's success comes from its core philosophy of "fostering happiness," not just outwardly for its callers but also for its own staff. Rather than individual perks, the company focuses on creating the best atmosphere to keep employees happy. It retains the services of a psychologist to keep staff positive and motivated.
Workers receive funding and facilities for company art classes, book clubs and yoga sessions. The young staff, usually still finding their way to a career, have ample time to devote to creative side projects like playing in bands or acting. And every month at an all-staff meeting, a different employee presents on a topic he or she is passionate about, which helps foster leadership skills.
It's not just the big corporations with great perks and work environments. These medium-sized companies with 250-999 employees go to great lengths to keep their workers happy, too.