Fish Consulting, a full-service national communications firm specializing in franchise public relations and marketing, has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017, the publication’s second annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.
Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.
What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks—it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together.
“Earning this recognition from Inc. magazine is an incredible honor,” said Lorne Fisher, CFE, CEO and managing partner, Fish Consulting, LLC. “We’ve been fortunate over the years to be named to local and industry lists citing our culture, but to be included alongside many of the small businesses I personally admire is humbling. A culture is something you cannot simply implement, but only fuel and nurture. It’s your team that makes it real; something to cherish and leverage to drive success. I thank the Fish team for making us who we are, since it’s really their passion and commitment that has earned Inc.‘s praise.”
As a testament to Fish’s growth, success and continued commitment to making it a great place to work, the firm prepares to celebrate another milestone: after more than a decade of operating in Hollywood, Florida, Fish will move its headquarters to downtown Fort Lauderdale by the end of 2017. The new office will sit in the city’s popular FAT Village Arts District, a neighborhood synonymous with creativity, high-energy and collaboration.
The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count.
Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held and independent—that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.
“By introducing an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar,” said an Inc. magazine spokesperson. “Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.”