Perks are great, but it’s culture that keeps employees. No one knows that better than the organizations on the 2019 list of the Best Companies to Work For in NH. Firms had to complete an extensive employer application detailing not only their benefits, but the policies and programs they have in place geared to creating a great workplace for employees. Here is a profile of one of this year's winning companies:
Product development and engineering services, specializing in medical device and life science instrumentation
President and CEO: Eric Soederberg
Years in Business: 27
Full-Time Employees: 71
Part-Time/Temporary/Seasonal Employees: 8
Years on List: 1
Address: 25 Constitution Drive, Suite 200 Bedford, NH 03110
Top Employee-Engagement Survey Measures:
I am actively encouraged to volunteer new ideas and make suggestions for improvement of our business: 100% agree
Management is trusted: 100% agree
Sunrise Labs responds to employees. Employee feedback moved the company to institute a mentoring program for new hires. Feedback also prompted Sunrise to start hosting bi-monthly Friday socials so workers could mingle, complete with appetizers and drinks. And some of those socials are themed events, such as a Pictionary night, flannel night and a retro game night.
When the company needed new space in Bedford, an employee committee helped design its new open-concept, naturally lit facility that includes motorized sit-stand desks and a central break room.
You probably get the idea; employees shape both the culture and physical workspace.
But it doesn’t stop there. Sunrise shows its employee appreciation with a bonus plan. And twice annually, the company holds appreciation events for employees and their families, including bands, climbing walls, miniature golf, a garden party with lawn games and a New England-style lobster bake.
Employees create their own schedule, within reason, and children and pets are always welcomed in the office. When an employee is having a rough patch, Sunrise rallies to help out. Managers encourage employees to take whatever time they need and colleagues pitch in to ensure the work is done. For example, when an employee returned from maternity leave, she was allowed to work at home one day a week as she reintegrated with work. When there were complications with her baby not taking the bottle, the new mom brought the baby to the office for a few weeks.