Accessibility to training resources
Employers should provide their employees with the proper resources to improve and be well versed in their specialties. As the human resources department of a company controls the training resources that are available to employees, employees should be sufficiently satisfied with the opportunities for improvement that the department provides and the department should be ranked highly against similarly sized companies.
POLITICO’s Human Resources department is tasked with providing its employees with training resources. However, employees are generally unsatisfied with the HR’s actions and opportunities.
Employee benefits in comparison to industry standards
Every business should provide their employees with benefits to improve their working life and the health of themselves and their family. Standard benefits that should be offered include health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, paid time off or sick time, paid medical leave, education assistance, and 401k. Employees should have a good sentiment around the perks and benefits their company provides, and the benefits should rank highly against similarly sized companies.
POLITICO provides perks and benefits that are in the top 10% of similarly sized companies. Benefits include but are not limited to Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K, and Vacation and Paid Time Off. Employees are generally very satisfied with the benefits.
Overall work environment
A healthy work environment provides several perks such as increasing productivity and creativity and boosting motivation and company morale. Employees should be comfortable working with their peers and feel that they have an adequate amount of freedom to improve. As a result, a company should cultivate a work environment that is highly rated by both employees and against similar companies, and employees should also be pleased with the company's leadership and the opportunities they provide.
While the POLITICO newsroom is generally reviewed highly for its journalism and sense of mission, management is generally quite poor, workload is unmanageable, and there’s a lack of diversity in the newsroom.
Salaries in comparison to industry standards
Higher salaries and compensation allow employees to be more invested in their jobs and feel that they are valued by the company. It also allowed companies to expect that employees are more productive and that they produce high-quality work. As a result, employers should provide salaries that rate them highly in comparison to similarly-sized companies and employees should be satisfied with their compensation.
POLITICO pays salaries that rank within the top 5% of similarly sized companies, with the average salary being $102,000. Reporters generally earn around $75,000 a year.
Work from home and response to the pandemic
Allowing employees to work from home, gives them the opportunity to work in a more comfortable setting and have fewer distractions. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to work from home is important to keep safe and still be productive. Thus, employees should be satisfied with the company's response and leadership during the pandemic, and a minimal number of employees should be expected to work in the office.
In October 2020, POLITICO told employees they’d be shifting to working at home indefinitely, at least through the summer of 2021, rather than returning to the office at some set date. The company also established a $500,000 emergency relief fund for employees.