Everything in this post — as I originally wrote it — was wrong.
A few days after I wrote this, I received a call from Ken Lehman of Winning Workplace, who very kindly and patiently explained to me what an idiot I was. (Okay, he didn’t really say that, but after talking with him, I realized I had been an idiot.)
I wrote a follow-up post to give you an idea of how Winning Workplace creates the Top Small Company Workplaces project for Inc. Magazine (i.e. this is Winning Workplace’s award, and Inc. is their media partner, and publishes the story. I think WW would do the award project even if they didn’t have a media partner. They’re just that awesome about their support for small businesses.)
So, I debated whether to remove this post or leave it up. I’m only leaving a very small part of it up, and deleting the rest.
Not because I’m embarrassed by it. I mean, I am. I’m totally embarrassed. But I’m typically okay with leaving evidence of my embarrassment in place for others to see.
No, I’m deleting it because I know the power of Google, and I don’t want Google to use this post as part of their search algorithm. After listening to Ken, I’m convinced that Winning Workplace is doing some excellent work, that Inc. Magazine is doing a good thing by publishing the story, and I don’t want my post to taint their work by associating it any search results Google may come up with.
So, read the smoking remains of this post, and then go over to the Inc. Magazine is NOT Charging You to Write Their Story to see the real story. And if you’re so moved, apply for the Top Small Company Workplaces award.
Want to apply to be one of Inc. Magazine’s Top Places to Work in 2011?
Great! It’s only $149 ($249 if your company has 101 – 500 employees).
And that’s just to see the application. Once you fill out the application, you may be selected as one of the Top Places to Work in 2011.