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Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Plan to Increase Employee Benefits to Spur Hiring, Growth

Principal® study finds increased employee benefits, including financial wellness and retirement planning, continue to be key to recovery

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal Financial Group® reported today an increased focus on key employee well-being initiatives and how benefits are helping employers cope with the pandemic fluctuation as they also make businesses more competitive for the next phase of recovery and growth. Over 90% of surveyed businesses plan to increase at least one benefit in the next 12 months1.


While recent variants of COVID-19 could bring extra hurdles to the recovery efforts small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are putting in place, the latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index℠ results show most businesses (82%) expect their financials to keep improving over the next 12 months and are ready to move forward when given the chance.

The pulse survey of 500 employers from companies with two to 10,000 employees spans a diverse array of industries, with more than half of the employers falling within finance/insurance, professional/scientific/technical, construction, manufacturing, and information management. Data shows that almost 70% of surveyed businesses have improved financials, compared to this time last year2, and 84% are comfortable with their cash flow despite the continuing impact of the pandemic.

Greater competition for talent means more benefits and digital access

With the resiliency that small and medium-sized businesses have shown during the last 18 months and a national increase in hiring3, greater competition for talent is underway. Sixty-three percent of businesses reported being fully operational, driving the need for additions to their workforce, and more businesses say they’re hiring, from fewer than one-third in March to nearly half in June.

“As businesses start to ramp up operations, employers are dealing with the complex American labor shortage and a workforce empowered to determine where they want to work and what they want from an employer, making benefit offerings more critical,” says Amy Friedrich, president of U.S. Insurance Solutions at Principal®.

The significant role employee benefits play in this recovery seems more apparent than ever. Employers are choosing certain benefits to address specific employee needs. A list of 18 benefits tracked by the survey—everything from retirement savings to pet insurance—made gains. A greater percentage of businesses plan to increase telehealth (42%), healthcare benefits (41%), and mental health/well-being services (38%) in the next 12 months.

The focused efforts to increase benefits are accompanied by changes to the way businesses are presenting them to their workforce. Sixty-five percent of businesses are improving digital access to benefits for employees, while only 14% lack any digital options. According to those surveyed, this digitalization addresses the need to help employees better understand their benefits (71%), onboarding employees online (62%), and the need of reducing paper (40%).

Friedrich explains that the unprecedented events of the last 18 months forced businesses to adapt in order to survive, and now they must become more competitive recruiters to grow again. “Today, winning the differentiation battle has gone from experimenting with e-commerce to supporting a remote workforce and offering a full suite of resources at their fingertips, including benefits.”

Financial wellness and retirement plans trending with employers

There is broad agreement among employers that investing in financial wellness programs is also key to recovery. About 70% of employers agree with the positives of financial wellness programs, ranging from improving employee long-term financial planning to helping attract and retain talent. But only 62% of businesses currently offer financial wellness benefit programs.

“We have seen increased interest in financial wellness programs and guidance from clients over the past year, with a growing understanding that these offerings are essential not just for employees, but also for business success,” said Renee Schaaf, president of Retirement & Income Solutions at Principal. “Offering impactful financial wellness solutions can be daunting, which is why it’s so important that businesses of all sizes and industries have access to simple, customizable solutions.”

Forty-five percent of businesses see access to a financial professional as the most useful financial wellness offering for employees (out of 25 options in the survey). That is followed by tax preparation services (35%), identity theft protection (34%), and savings programs for higher education (34%).

Employers also acknowledged the importance of retirement plans to their workforce. Over 80%4 of businesses see retirement plan offerings as essential in the attraction and retention of talent, and 74% of employers feel it is their role to help employees prepare for retirement.

This desire for retirement plan offerings comes at a time when lawmakers are advocating for increased incentives and programs to help small and medium-sized businesses with retirement offerings. Many of these businesses, however, are not aware of these programs or their positive impact.

Of employers with less than 500 employees, a little under half5 are aware of proposed legislation known as The Securing a Strong Retirement Act (SECURE 2.0) in Congress that could help them implement or expand retirement offerings. In contrast, 90% of businesses with 500 to 10,000 employees know about the proposed legislation.

“We have a window of opportunity for businesses to get support in implementing retirement plans to aid their employees overall financial security,” Schaaf said. “We are working to provide the best possible retirement solutions to small and medium-sized businesses as well as educate them on the options available to them now and in the future.”

For more survey results, view the full infographic report (PDF).

About the Principal Financial Well-Being Index℠

The Principal Financial Well-Being Index℠ surveys business owners, decision makers and business leaders aged 21 and over who work at companies with 2 – 10,000 employees. The nation-wide survey, commissioned since 2012, examines the financial well-being of American workers and business employers. In response to COVID-19, the Well-Being Index was transformed from an annual survey to a quarterly pulse, offering three waves, revisiting questions and measuring sentiment regarding timely issues in the small and medium-sized business marketplace. The survey was commissioned by Principal and conducted online by Dynata from June 14-22, 2021 with a total of 501 participants. The research report focuses on providing a holistic perspective on key trends and timely issues in the small and medium business market.

Principal developed a dedicated portal for employers designed to help business handle the effects of COVID-19 and a challenging economy in the months ahead. To learn more visit Navigating Business Now.

About Principal Financial Group®

Principal Financial Group® (Nasdaq: PFG) is a global financial company with 18,000 employees[1] passionate about improving the wealth and well-being of people and businesses. In business for more than 140 years, we’re helping more than 45.5 million customers[2] plan, insure, invest, and retire, while working to support the communities where we do business, improve our planet, and build a diverse, inclusive workforce. Principal® is proud to be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies[3], a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, and a Top 10 “Best Places to Work in Money Management[4].” Learn more about Principal and our commitment to sustainability, inclusion, and purpose at principal.com.

[1] As of June 30, 2021.

[2] As of June 30, 2021.

[3] Ethisphere Institute, 2021.

[4] Pensions & Investments, 2020.

Dynata is not an affiliate of any company of the Principal Financial Group®

Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Plan administrative services offered by Principal Life. Principal Funds, Inc. is distributed by Principal Funds Distributor, Inc. Securities offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800-247-1737, member SIPC and/or independent broker/-dealers. Referenced companies are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Principal Global Investors leads global asset management and is a member of the Principal Financial Group®.

© 2021 Principal Financial Services, Des Moines, IA 50392, USA.


1 Principal Financial Well-Being Index℠ Wave Two, 2021.

2 44% in June 2020

3 According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report. August 2021.

4 83%

5 49% of businesses with less than 500 employees.

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BankUnited Launches “Small Business, Big Dreams” Women in Business Challenge

$10,000 cash prize to be awarded to winner of inaugural pitch contest

MIAMI LAKES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#banking–Women business owners with big dreams are invited to share their story with BankUnited for a chance to win $10,000 to help grow their business. The inaugural BankUnited “Small Business, Big Dreams” Women in Business Challenge is open for entries at https://www.bankunited.com/small-business/small-business-big-dreams-challenge/, and will close Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.


“As champions of small business, we at BankUnited know that small businesses are the heart and backbone of any community,” said Lisa Shim, BankUnited executive vice president, head of consumer and small business banking. “While women business owners drive innovation, they often face particular challenges on their path toward success. Through BankUnited’s ‘Small Business, Big Dreams’ Women in Business Challenge, we hope to elevate women business owners by recognizing their contributions and providing them with tools to turn their dreams into reality.”

The Women in Business Challenge culminates in a live pitch event and business summit during National Women’s Small Business Month in October.

To enter, eligible business owners must complete an application and submit an elevator video pitch of up to three minutes by the contest closing date of September 23. Businesses must be based in Florida or New York, and must be at least 51 percent women-owned. Four finalists will be selected and required to attend the BankUnited “Small Business, Big Dreams” Women in Business Summit on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they will have an opportunity to present their case before a panel of judges.

Official contest rules and entry forms are available at https://www.bankunited.com/small-business/small-business-big-dreams-challenge/.

About BankUnited, N.A.

BankUnited, N.A., a national bank headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, provides a full range of banking and related services to individual and corporate customers through banking centers in Florida and the New York metropolitan area. BankUnited, N.A. also provides certain commercial lending and deposit products through national platforms. BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE: BKU), with total assets of $35.7 billion at June 30, 2021, is the bank holding company for BankUnited, N.A. For additional information, call (877) 779-2265 or visit www.BankUnited.com. BankUnited can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/BankUnited.Official and on Twitter @BankUnited.

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Wells Fargo, Leslie Odom, Jr. Celebrate Diverse Small Businesses in “We Made a Way” Short Film Series

Four up-and-coming filmmakers shine a spotlight on the grit and resiliency of small businesses since the start of the pandemic, with a series of short films to raise awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs who still need support

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo is collaborating with award-winning actor and singer Leslie Odom, Jr. to present the “We Made a Way” Summer Short Film Series, featuring four films that shine a spotlight on the resiliency of racially and ethnically diverse small business owners during the pandemic. The four featured businesses — Le Printemps, a floral shop in Washington, D.C.; Tay Ho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Oakland, California; Gibson School of Music and Arts, an artistic learning center in Philadelphia; and Dulan’s, a Los Angeles-based soul food eatery — represent the millions of small businesses that had to pivot in order to survive one of the largest economic downturns in history. The series of short films premieres today, now streaming at www.wellsfargo.com/together.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impact that small businesses have made on helping local communities this past year. I’m thrilled to collaborate with Wells Fargo to share the stories, made by four diverse filmmakers, of some exceptional small business owners who made their way through the pandemic with passion, resiliency, and dedication — and to help other business owners connect with resources and information to help them not only survive, but thrive,” said Leslie Odom, Jr.

The “We Made a Way” Summer Short Film Series is part of Wells Fargo’s continued commitment to offer small business owners access to resources — including financial grants and loans available from nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) via the Open for Business Fund. The fund is a roughly $420 million small business recovery effort including racially and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs hardest hit by the pandemic.

Diverse voices in film meet diverse small business stories

The pandemic forced Tay Ho owner Denise Huynh to pivot her business model quickly, yet she still gave back to her local community during these tough times. Filmmaker Rafael Gomez, of Diptongo Media Group, captured the story. “I was inspired by the unique anecdotes and magical moments that propelled Tay Ho through challenging times,” said Gomez. “Denise did it all and had an unwavering commitment to frontline workers.”

After a Pennsylvania statewide shutdown in March 2020, Gibson School of Music and Arts owners Randy and Wilhemina Gibson were forced to close their doors for the first time in over two decades. The Gibsons worked tirelessly to implement safety protocols and recently welcomed back students for the first time in months. Filmmaker Vanessa Briceño-Scherzer of Bowstring Studios shared, “Businesses in music and the arts were hard hit during the pandemic, so we were very excited to help tell the story of a music school that has been an institution in Philadelphia for more than 25 years, and how the owners rallied to continue to serve their community.”

When the pandemic hit, Dulan’s, a soul food eatery owned by Greg Dulan, quickly added food trucks and a commitment to feed those in need to its menu, serving up to 1,500 meals in just one evening. Already a fan of the restaurant, independent filmmaker Marcus J. Thomas shared, “I was honored to capture Dulan’s story. Before I even signed onto this project, I had eaten multiple times at Dulan’s and I knew firsthand how important the restaurant is to the LA Crenshaw community.”

Le Printemps business owner Suha Kaidbey went from working for hotels, politicians, and celebrities to a dramatic decline in business due to the pandemic. Filmmaker Andres Paredes Arroyo Martinez of POGI Studio shared, “I’m excited to share an amazing comeback story from a flower shop in D.C. that survived through resilience and commitment, but most importantly, through a truly inspiring mother and daughter relationship.”

The “We Made a Way” Summer Short Film Series presented by Wells Fargo is part of the company’s “We Made a Way. Together.” campaign, focused on helping entrepreneurs connect to resources and learn from peers about new ways to evolve their businesses. Each short film was produced by a small business for the small business community, aiming to inspire other owners to stay open and support each other.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of all middle market companies and small businesses in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health and a low-carbon economy. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

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Asana Named #3 on the 2021 Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ list by Fortune and Great Place to Work®

Fifth consecutive year for Asana in the prestigious top 10 ranking

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Asana, Inc. (NYSE: ASAN), a leading work management platform for teams, has been recognized by Fortune and Great Place to Work as one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces for 2021. Marking the fifth year for Asana in the list’s top ten rankings, the company came in this year at #3.


As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by a global pandemic, our commitment to fostering a culture of connection and inclusivity is stronger than ever,” said Anna Binder, Head of People Operations, Asana. “This award is a testament to the people-first culture we’ve created where all Asanas, regardless of location, feel respected, valued and empowered to thrive.”

Asana’s ranking on the Best Small & Medium Workplaces list marks the tenth outstanding honor for Asana’s award-winning culture in 2021, with Asana also recently named as one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators. Earlier this year, Asana was awarded by Fortune Great Place to Work as the #1 Best Workplace in the Bay Area; #1 Best Workplace in Technology; #1 Best Workplace for Millennials; and #14 Best Small Workplace in Ireland. Additionally, Asana was recognized as one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces, #14 on Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work list, and #15 on Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021, including a #1 ranking in the Workplace category.

The Best Small & Medium Workplaces award is based on analysis of survey responses from more than 280,000 current employees of various companies. In the survey, 96% of Asana’s employees said it is a great place to work, compared to 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.

About Asana

Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Asana has more than 100,000 paying customers and millions of free organizations across 190 countries. Global customers such as Amazon, Japan Airlines, Sky and Under Armour rely on Asana to manage everything from company objectives to digital transformation to product launches and marketing campaigns. For more information, visit www.asana.com.

About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™

Great Place to Work® selected the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from more than 280,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Read the full methodology. To get on this list next year, start here.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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LogDNA Named to Fortune Best Small and Medium Workplaces List for Second Consecutive Year

Rapid-growth company recognized for its commitment to sustaining a cohesive, high-performing culture where everyone is supported.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ApplicationDevelopersLogDNA, the leading log management solution for teams that embrace DevOps, today announced it was selected by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine as one of the 2021 Best Small & Medium Workplaces™. This is LogDNA’s second time being named to this prestigious list.

Earning a spot means that LogDNA is one of the best companies to work for in the US. In fact, 96% of employees at LogDNA say it is a great place to work, compared to 59% of employees at a typical US-based company.

“Taking care of our employees is deeply important to LogDNA leadership. This award shows that in the midst of an unpredictable year, our employees told the world that working at LogDNA was a positive experience,” said Tucker Callaway, CEO of LogDNA. “The pandemic reinforced how important our focus on culture has been in building a thriving, resilient business. Now, LogDNA is at a point of massive growth, and we are doubling down on our investments in our people. It is our vision to create and sustain a cohesive, high-performing culture where everyone is supported.”

LogDNA is a remote-first company with employees across the globe who come together each day to build a product that makes developers’ lives better. The company works to create an environment where:

  • People have the opportunities and resources to do their best work and grow their careers;
  • Teammates can achieve outstanding business results together;
  • Teams are made stronger by individuals’ differences, compassion, and desire to grow;
  • Employees are champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community.

LogDNA’s guiding principles include commitments to work-life balance, freedom and flexibility, productivity and impact, well-being, work satisfaction, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). LogDNA’s new Director of Talent Acquisition Anna-Marie Gutierrez-Lee has set new goals for improving DEI efforts. The company has also created Employee Resource Groups to celebrate the diversity of employees and provide opportunities to engage with the communities that built them. A few examples include Women in Tech, PrideDNA, and LogDNA’s Asian Pacific Society.

In addition to being Great Place to Work Certified for two consecutive years, LogDNA was also selected as a Y Combinator Top Company for the second time. Together, the companies on July’s list are valued at more than $400 billion and have created more than 70,000 full-time jobs. LogDNA is growing quickly with nearly 20 job positions open across nearly every area of business. Visit the LogDNA Career and Culture center to learn more.

About LogDNA

LogDNA is a centralized log management solution that enables frictionless consumption and actionability of log data so developers can monitor, debug, and troubleshoot their systems with ease. Launched in Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 cohort, LogDNA is the sole logging provider for tech giant IBM Cloud, and it fuels massive productivity gains for modern engineering teams at hyper-growth startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, including Asics, Better.com, Sysdig, and 6 River Systems. The company has been recognized as one of Forbes’ Cloud 100 Rising Stars, Gartner’s Top 25 Enterprise Software Startups to Watch, CRN’s 10 Hottest Cloud Startups, and Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, and it received the IBM Cloud Embed Excellence Award. Visit www.logdna.com and follow on GitHub, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™

Great Place to Work® selected the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from more than 280,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Read the full methodology.

To get on this list next year, start here.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Axonius Named One of Fortune’s 2021 Best Small & Medium Workplaces™

Rapid-growth company ranked 58th with 99% of employees citing Axonius as a Great Place to Work

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GreatPlacetoWork–Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset management, today announced that it was selected by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine as one of the 2021 Best Small & Medium Workplaces™. Axonius earned 58th place with 99% of its employees citing Axonius as a great place to work, compared to 59% of employees at a typical US-based company.

“The driven employees at Axonius are what enable us to deliver the highest level of service to our customers, so we are committed to providing an outstanding workplace that focuses on diversity, wellness, and innovation,” said Dean Sysman, co-founder and CEO, Axonius. “This recognition is a tribute to our incredible team and their enthusiasm for the work we are doing. Even as we grow at a rapid pace, we will continue to invest in our people.”

Axonius was distinguished as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization in May 2021. The company offers growth and development opportunities including the Axonius Mentorship Program that pairs mentors and mentees, the quarterly Star Recognition Award, the Professional Development Fund for employees to attend conferences and invest in education, and a New Hire Buddy program that pairs new hires with fellow colleagues as they transition into the company. Axonius also offers numerous virtual engagement and volunteer opportunities as well as generous benefits, including a flexible schedule program.

Leadership at Axonius believes that the best companies to work for and do business with are those that support freedom, inclusion, and equality. The company strives to support these efforts in hiring practices and corporate engagement, offering holiday gift donations, and paid time off for volunteering. Axonius makes a concerted effort to find and evaluate vendors that are independently owned, and woman, minority, and LGBTQ+ owned, and frequently contributes to scholarships, mentorship programs, and organizations that invest in the next generation of diverse cybersecurity talent, cultivate industry engagement, and strengthen our communities.

The Axonius team is growing significantly to accommodate global demand for its cybersecurity asset management platform. In the first half of 2021, the team expanded by 77%, including more than 90 new hires spanning multiple international regions and supporting nearly all aspects of business. The company is actively recruiting for positions across the board, and it plans to expand its Tel Aviv office in the coming year.

The Best Small & Medium Workplaces list is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.

About Axonius

Axonius is the cybersecurity asset management platform that gives organizations a comprehensive asset inventory, uncovers security solution coverage gaps, and automatically validates and enforces security policies. By seamlessly integrating with hundreds of security and management solutions, Axonius is deployed in minutes, improving cyber hygiene immediately. Covering millions of devices at Fortune 500 customers like The New York Times, Schneider Electric, and AB InBev, and earning prestigious accolades from CNBC and Forbes in recent years, Axonius has been cited as one of the fastest growing cybersecurity startups in history. For more, visit Axonius.com.

About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™

Great Place to Work® selected the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from more than 280,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Read the full methodology.

To get on this list next year, start here.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Kathleen Pai Named as Chief People Officer of N-able

New addition to leadership team helps support and develop the N-able workforce environment

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–N-able, Inc. (NYSE:NABL), the purpose-built technology partner for managed services providers (MSPs), has named Kathleen Pai as its new chief people officer. Pai brings vast experience across all elements of human resources strategy and people development, and will help nurture, support, and grow the global N-able team.


“Kathleen has exceptional knowledge and a deep understanding of international people strategy; the great strides she has made since transitioning from SolarWinds to N-able have been felt throughout the company,” said John Pagliuca, CEO, N-able. “I look forward to having Kathleen’s partnership to help continue to fuel our employee growth and development—our success and our partners’ success stems from our pool of talented, experienced, and high-performing employees across the world—both N-able and our MSP partners wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

Pai will be responsible for driving the global people strategy for N-able, along with overseeing people operations, business partners, total rewards, talent acquisition, talent development, internal communications and engagement programs to support the company’s growth. Prior to joining SolarWinds in January 2020, Kathleen served as vice president of people at Ultimate Software. She won the 2018 Human Resources Excellence Award from South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine, recognizing her as a distinguished HR professional who built and nurtured talent and elevated companies to the top of their industries.

“I’m so honored and excited to have the opportunity to enhance the way we work at N-able—more specifically, our People Team has an opportunity to play a key role in continuing to improve our employee experience and creating an environment where people can develop and grow,” said Kathleen Pai, chief people officer, N-able. “As a company with employees all over the world, we’re committed to fostering a culture built on diversity, equality, and belonging. My goal is to help create a place where people can truly have a career—and not just a job—a place where our employees can envision themselves working indefinitely.”

About N-able

N-able empowers managed services providers (MSPs) to help small and medium enterprises navigate the digital evolution. With a flexible technology platform and powerful integrations, we make it easy for MSPs to monitor, manage, and protect their end customer systems, data, and networks. Our growing portfolio of security, automation, and backup and recovery solutions is built for IT services management professionals. N-able simplifies complex ecosystems and enables customers to solve their most pressing challenges. We provide extensive, proactive support—through enriching partner programs, hands-on training, and growth resources—to help MSPs deliver exceptional value and achieve success at scale. n-able.com

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Amply Media Listed as One of Fortune’s Top 100 Workplaces

It’s official, Amply Media is one of the best companies to work for in the country

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AmplyMedia–Amply Media, a Kansas City based digital publishing network, today announced that the company has been named as one of Fortune’s 2021 Top 100 Best Small & Medium Workplaces, coming in at number 60. Earning a spot on this list means that Amply Media is one of the best companies to work for in the country. This recognition comes hot on the heels of Amply Media being recognized as “The Fastest Growing Company in Kansas City” by Ingrams Magazine last year, as well as two consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list.


To determine the 100 Best Small and 100 Best Medium Workplaces of 2021, Fortune partnered with analytics firm, Great Place to Work, to receive and study survey feedback from more than 280,000 current employees from companies across the nation. In Amply Media’s survey, 96% of their employees said Amply Media is “a great place to work.” This number is 59% higher than the average U.S. company. In the same survey, 100% of Amply Media employees said, “when you join the company, you are made to feel welcome,” and that the “facilities contribute to a good working environment.”

“We are happy to be recognized, but it is our incredible employees who have created such a strong company culture, that deserve this honor,” said Amply Media CEO Ryan Schaar. “I’m incredibly thankful for this group of brilliant and talented people that have come together to make Amply Media such a unique and truly special place to work and learn each day.”

The Fortune Best Small & Medium Workplaces list is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies were only considered if they are Great Place to Work-Certified, which is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.

“These companies may be small in size, but their impact and commitment to improving employee experience stacks up against some of the world’s largest corporations,” says Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “Their ability to scale business while maintaining a high level of employee care is nothing short of amazing. A job well done to the Best Small & Medium Workplaces.”

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About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™

Great Place to Work® selected the Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from more than 280,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Read the full methodology.

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About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

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Small Businesses Report Significant Jump in Hiring for July

The CBIZ Small Employment Index showed substantial growth in July, signaling that seasonal hiring continued to increase through the summer

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The CBIZ Small Business Employment Index (“SBEI”) reported a seasonally adjusted increase of 1.99% for July. Marking a second straight month of gains, the July reading depicted a marked increase among hiring efforts and eclipses the more nominal changes seen since the wider reopening of the economy in the spring. The CBIZ SBEI tracks payroll and hiring trends for over 3,600 companies that have 300 or fewer employees, providing broad insight into small business trends.

“The July reading reflected a surge in hiring growth and builds on positive trends established earlier in the summer,” said Philip Noftsinger, Executive Vice President, CBIZ, Inc. “While optimism persists as more people get vaccinated and feel comfortable returning to work, concerns surrounding emerging virus variants will keep employment numbers in focus, to assess how small businesses and the larger public react.”

The ADP and Moody’s employment report also indicated growth in hiring among small-, medium- and large-sized companies. Its July reading showed an overall increase of 330,000 private-sector jobs for the month, with small businesses accounting for 91,000 of them on a seasonally adjusted, month-over-month basis. The ADP and Moody’s report counts small businesses as companies with 49 or fewer employees, while the CBIZ SBEI uses data from companies with 300 employees or fewer.

The CBIZ SBEI showed that regional hiring trends supported larger economic theories related to enhanced unemployment benefits and availability within the labor market. The Southeast reported the largest hiring growth (3.04%), followed by gains in the Northeast (2.36%) and Central (1.89%) regions. Meanwhile, the West experienced a decline in hiring (-0.09%). This data is consistent with regions that suspended benefits earlier rather than later.

Looking at industry-specific statistics, the most notable increases were seen in Agriculture, Construction, Wholesale Distribution, and Accommodations and Food Services. Education Services and Transportation both saw decreases in hiring.

“The hiring growth in July points toward people’s willingness and ability to return to work despite pandemic-related hesitations,” Noftsinger added. “We will be keeping a close eye on the headwinds that might impact this momentum, including resurgence of the virus and related stimulus measures.”

To view an infographic with data from the employment index, visit the CBIZ website.

Additional takeaways from the July SBEI include:

July’s snapshot: 26% of companies in the index expanded employment, 54% made no change to their headcounts and 20% cut back on staffing.

Industries at a glance: Hiring data was positive in Agriculture, Construction, Wholesale Distribution, and Accommodations and Food Services. Meanwhile, notably negative readings occurred in Education Services and Transportation.

Geographical hiring: Hiring increased in the Southeast (3.04%), Northeast (2.36%) and Central (1.89%) regions, while decreasing in the West (-0.09%).

What’s next? Recent positive trends within the CBIZ SBEI could reflect a longer-term growth trajectory; however, growth remains sensitive to pandemic-related headwinds, including the emergence of virus variants.

Editor’s note:

(1) The SBEI illustration is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on our work at https://www.cbiz.com.

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About CBIZ

CBIZ, Inc. is a leading provider of financial, insurance and advisory services to businesses throughout the United States. Financial services include accounting, tax, government health care consulting, transaction advisory, risk advisory, and valuation services. Insurance services include employee benefits consulting, retirement plan consulting, property and casualty insurance, payroll, and human capital consulting. With more than 100 Company offices in 31 states, CBIZ is one of the largest accounting and insurance brokerage providers in the U.S. For more information, visit www.cbiz.com.

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Sana Announces Results of 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report

  • Findings quantify the detrimental effects of high costs on SMBs; 54% of those surveyed are unsatisfied with their health insurance plans
  • 41% of respondents indicated their health insurance rates had increased 5 to 10% over the past year
  • Demand is increasing for mental health (including virtual mental health) to be a part of the employer benefits package

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sana, a health care company that provides Fortune 500-level health benefits to small businesses at affordable prices, has announced the release of its 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report, a survey of health insurance decision-makers at small and medium businesses. The inaugural Sana survey engaged over 1,000 health insurance decision-makers at small and medium sized businesses.

Designed to address challenges these decision-makers face when managing employee insurance plans, the survey found that many employers have incorrect assumptions about health insurance processes. Many are also unsatisfied with their current course of action for their employees’ health insurance benefits.

These survey results set a benchmark for industry trends and help employers and employees understand how their health care costs stack up to national norms. Key findings include:

  • 87% of health care decision-makers think they are locked into their health insurance contract when it is very rarely the case. If a business is unhappy with its insurance company, it can switch to a new one at any time. The monopolistic nature of health insurance, being dominated by 1-2 companies in any given state, is likely why small businesses don’t switch even when their rates keep increasing year over year.
  • 40% of individuals surveyed haven’t switched health insurance carriers in over five years. If small businesses aren’t at least looking around for other options, they are likely leaving money on the table.
  • Employees want better mental health benefits. Mental health benefits are taking up a small percentage of health care spending and lag behind dental and vision. Still, the demand is increasing for mental health (including virtual mental health) to be a part of the employer benefits package.

“Small businesses are seeing more and more of their operating budgets depleted by the rising cost of health care,” said Will Young, CEO and co-founder of Sana. “Between industry jargon, misleading myths, and a lack of transparency, it can be difficult to navigate the world of health insurance and employee benefits. We wanted to conduct a survey to better understand the challenges businesses face when it comes to providing health care to the 50% of Americans that depend on their employer health plans.”

To access the full 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report, click here.

About Sana

Sana provides small businesses with Fortune 500-level health care at prices they can afford. Through value-based care, the Sana Care ecosystem of world-class providers, direct primary care, and more, Sana is reducing the cost of high-quality care. Sana is making it easier than ever to administer benefits for employers and offers simplified health plans and top-notch customer service to employees. Sana is providing a total health care solution to small businesses that drives down costs while simultaneously delivering an exceptional quality of care.

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Sarah Armstrong

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