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.
The Washington Post’s training resources are managed by their Human Resources department. Overall, employees are extremely satisfied by the opportunities for improvement that HR provides, as they are rated within the top 5% of similarly sized companies.
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.
The Washington Post’s perks and benefits rank them in the bottom 20% of similarly sized companies. They provide benefits such as Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, and 401K, however, only 50% of employees are satisfied with their 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.
The Washington Post facilitates a very accepting work environment, that rates within the top 5% of similarly sized companies. In fact, it promotes teamwork, collaboration, and trying new things, in an environment where everyone is treated equally. Additionally, the leadership and management are very supportive and open to new ideas.
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.
The Washington Post pays salaries that rank within the bottom 15% of similarly sized companies. The average reporter only makes $66,000 per year and the average editor only makes $66,134 per year, while the average designer only makes $76,000 per year. Moreover, only 61% of employees are satisfied with their compensation.
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 response to the pandemic, The Washington Post required an average of 60% of their employees to be in the office. Furthermore, though 67% of employees were satisfied with the company’s leadership during the pandemic, only 44% were given the opportunity to take paid sick days off.