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15Five Makes Inc. Magazine’s List of Best Workplaces for a Second Time

By Michelle McCourt

15Five has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2020, and for the second year in a row. 15Five is one of the highest-scoring businesses, with standout employee engagement. The list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.

Collecting data from more than 3,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 389 finalists for this year’s list. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data, then ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, an average of 73.5% of surveyed employees were engaged by their work, but at 15Five, 94% of surveyed employees were engaged.

The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity. It’s a different playbook from a decade ago when too many firms used the same template: free food, open work environments, and happy hours.

“We have built such a powerful culture from day one at 15Five, starting as a remote-first company,” says 15Five co-founder and Chief Culture Officer Shane Metcalf. “Now more than ever, it’s crucial to continue building a powerful culture, not only because it produces superior business results and has virtually eliminated undesired attrition, but also to attract world-class talent.”

“Building a great corporate culture comes only from strong leadership,” says Inc. Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Scott Omelianuk. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from, especially now, when the company culture is more important to the workforce than ever.” 

While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes: 

  • 100% provide health insurance
  • 50% allow employees to bring pets to work
  • 62% take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge
  • 20% offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content

reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites,

newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year

since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in

the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit


About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more

Information, visit QuantumWorkplace.com.

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