Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Summer is in full swing

Editor's note

Summer is in full swing

The last thing Minnesotans want to think about in the summer is work. It’s a time for play and being outdoors. Those who are lucky enough have summer hours or Flex Fridays to take full advantage of our state’s shortest season.  Those who aren’t, however, may be understandably envious of the benefit. “I wish my work had summer hours,” is a popular lament as the weather warms. 

I would know; I’ve said it a million times. I always vowed that once I owned my own business I’d make sure to have flexible schedules for employees — a benefit that is at the top of the list of wants for employees. But it’s not the only thing on the list. Our “100 Best Companies to Work For” survey results revealed that employees also value camaraderie, shared values, social consciousness, collaboration, and, of course, generous compensation and benefits. 

This year’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” competition was fierce. More Minnesota businesses have figured out what it takes to make their employees their biggest champions. Check out what the top 100 are doing in our feature article here. There are some innovative ideas that can easily be applied to your company.

Looking to add top talent to your business? Be sure to check out our feature “Minnesota’s Got Talent” here. Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent at a seasonally adjusted basis — below the national 3.9 percent rate. We spoke with local HR experts, who suggest that you still can find the perfect team member if you’re willing to adapt your wish list for your dream candidate. You also should be ready for the newest addition to the workforce: Generation Z. In his article, “Gen Z: In the Game,” writer Brian Martucci prepares you for what you can expect from these new employees, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

And for those of you who are starting — or growing — your own future “100 Best Companies to Work For,” I asked a number of financial experts for their advice on applying for a small business loan in my “Ask the Editor” column. You won’t want to miss their invaluable tips. 

Thank you for spending a bit of your summer with us. I hope you’re reading us on a beach or boat or just relaxing on your back patio. If you have any story ideas or news to share, be sure to reach out to me at megan.effertz@tigeroak.com.


This story appears in print in our July/August issue. For a complimentary subscription, click here.