DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GroundFloor Media (GFM), a Denver-based marketing communications agency focusing on public relations, social media strategy & engagement, digital & creative services and crisis & issues management today was named by OUTSIDE as one of the Best Places to Work in 2014. For the second year in a row, GFM ranks in the top five out of 100 companies in the United States that OUTSIDE recognizes for helping their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.
“Being included in this ranking two years running is an incredible honor and we are proud to be part of an impressive group of businesses setting the standards for a strong, active and flexible workplace culture,” said GFM Founder Laura Love. “When I founded this company more than 13 years ago, I wanted to throw the standard workplace rule book out the door and create a company where a work-life blend could really happen for our team members.”
“Producing exceptional work for our clients is a top priority for all of our team members; however, as a company we believe it is equally important to make sure we enjoy life – which ultimately contributes to the exceptional work we produce for our clients,” said GFM President Ramonna Robinson. “Our professional creativity and energy is best fueled when our personal lives are fulfilled. That means making sure there is quality time to spend with family and friends, to enjoy the outdoors and contribute to our communities. We firmly believe that this accounts for GFM’s low attrition rate.”
To find the best places to work in the United States, OUTSIDE conducted a rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices and demographics of hundreds of companies, and went straight to the employees to hear about factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies who cultivate a comfortable and collaborative workplace, enable their employees to enjoy the great outdoors and take pride in their roles in the community and the environment.
“If you’re considering a career change or searching for your dream job, OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work list is the first place to look,” said OUTSIDE Executive Editor Michael Roberts. “These companies set the standard for workplaces that really value their employees and offer an experience that’s fulfilling inside and outside the office.”
GFM is one of 27 Colorado-based companies to make the 2014 list and credits its recognition to the fact that it offers team members an anti-agency experience – where human interests come before financial gain and where flexibility and a work-life blend breed creativity and excellence.
In addition to traditional benefits, GFM offers its team a variety of non-traditional benefits that add to the company’s award-winning culture. A few highlights include a Get Grounded program providing employees paid time off to volunteer for charitable organizations, schools and other community-based groups; a Get Giving program that allows GFM team members to contribute to the community together; Outward Bound Professional team-building days; annual Groundhog Day celebrations where the entire GFM crew (significant others included) is treated to an overnight destination, complete with a cocktail reception, dinner and breakfast the next morning; and regular “free/fun days” where the team is required to leave the office to visit spas, shop or simply find a way to enjoy time outside.
GFM was also named a top place to work for seven consecutive years by the Denver Business Journal, in addition to being named the Best Boutique Agency to Work For by The Holmes Report.
About GroundFloor Media
Staffed entirely by seasoned industry pros, GroundFloor Media is an award-winning, integrated agency focusing on public relations, social media strategy & engagement, digital & creative services and crisis & issues management. Headquartered in Denver, GFM has more than 35 team members across the country. Additionally, the agency has global reach across six continents through its membership in the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN). Ambitious brands like Oskar Blues, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Children’s Hospital Colorado, BNSF Railway, Bellco, 34 Degrees and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver have collaborated with GFM during the past decade to deliver results-driven campaigns. For more information about the agency and its award-winning work, visit groundfloormedia.com or get to know the agency on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP: Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.