PMG has been in the top places to work for the past seven years, winning first place last year and second place this year. The agency’s unparalleled focus on people has kept it at the top due to efforts to prioritize employees on a human, not business, level.
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“We will always prioritize them and remain flexible especially during this time,” said George Popstefanov, CEO. “As leaders, our job is to give grace to our employees right now and really show up for them at the human level—not just as a boss.”
The agency began offering an $800 monthly stipend to support working parents through the pandemic. Employees also received additional PTO in the form of "relief days" (days off) and "recharge days" (days with no meetings). On top of that, it started COVID-safe events such as drive-in movies, dog park happy hours, family days at the zoo and virtual events including mindfulness and painting classes and trivia nights.
PMG also made it a priority to find and keep diverse talent—and will continue to do so in 2022. The agency also made 75 diverse hires—half of all the participants in its Graduate Leadership Program.
“One of the biggest opportunities that we've learned to be doing during this time is creating this continuous feedback loop between our employees and us in leadership to really listen to what the challenges are that they're dealing with—and then constantly being able to innovate and add different programs,” Popstefanov said.
Going forward, the agency will continue to stay flexible when it comes to its return to office plans to ensure the safety and needs of its employees.