CEO tells how to boost employee satisfaction and the bottom line

By: TONY SEMERAD | The Salt Lake Tribune

November 18, 2016

Ben Peterson is CEO and co-founder of BambooHR, a human-resources-software company in Lindon.

The privately held firm, formed in 2008, has been ranked among Utah's top workplaces for employee satisfaction three years running by Pennsylvania-based WorkplaceDynamics.

What do you see as the most important steps employers can take to create happy, productive workplaces?

The simple answer is that employees should have a monopoly as our No. 1 priority. They always come first. People create value, not businesses, so focusing on the right inputs of employee engagement, satisfaction and performance will improve the output of growth.

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Salt Lake Tribune Top Workplaces 2016

Meet the 65 companies in Utah that received the highest ratings from their employees in 2016.

Featured Company


Enterprise Software
(founded in 2014)

Featured Company


Other Services
(founded in 2009)

Featured Company

Prestige Financial

Credit & Finance
(founded in 1994)

Large Businesses

#1 Large Business

Prestige Financial

Credit & Finance
(founded in 1994)

#2 Large Business

CHG Healthcare Services

Healthcare staffing
(founded in 1979)

#3 Large Business

HealthEquity, Inc

Health account administrator
(founded in 2002)

#4 Large Business


(founded in 1984)

#5 Large Business

Clearlink Technologies LLC

Digital Marketing and Sale
(founded in 2003)

#6 Large Business

O.C. Tanner Company, Inc.

Employee Appreciation Services and Rewards
(founded in 1927)

#7 Large Business


Enterprise Software
(founded in 2010)

#8 Large Business

Primary Residential Mortgage

Mortgage Lending
(founded in 1998)

#9 Large Business

IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group

(founded in 1989)

#10 Large Business

USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

Nutritional Products
(founded in 1992)

#11 Large Business

Discover Financial Services

(founded in 1995)

#12 Large Business

Sorenson Communications, Inc.

Telecom Video Relay Service
(founded in 2003)

#13 Large Business

Xactware Solutions Inc

Property Claims Estimating Technology
(founded in 1986)

#14 Large Business

SecurityNational Financial Corporation

Financial Services & Insurance
(founded in 1979)

#15 Large Business

Salt Lake County Library System

Public LIbrary
(founded in 1939)

Midsize Businesses

#1 Midsize Business


Other Services
(founded in 2009)

#2 Midsize Business

BambooHR LLC

Information Technology
(founded in 2008)

#3 Midsize Business

Health Catalyst

Vendor Serving Healthcare Industry
(founded in 2008)

#4 Midsize Business

TruHearing, Inc.

Hearing Health
(founded in 2003)

#5 Midsize Business

Encompass Home Health-Hospice

Health Care
(founded in 1998)

#6 Midsize Business


Enterprise Software as a Service
(founded in 2005)

#7 Midsize Business

Young Automotive Group

Automotive Group
(founded in 1925)

#8 Midsize Business

Access Development

Business Support Services
(founded in 1984)

#9 Midsize Business

Mark Miller Subaru

Auto Dealership
(founded in 1953)

#10 Midsize Business

#11 Midsize Business


Financial Solutions Provider
(founded in 2010)

#12 Midsize Business

EDGE - The Service Company

Pest Control
(founded in 2008)

#13 Midsize Business

Ace Recycling & Disposal

Trash and recycle hauler
(founded in 1980)

#14 Midsize Business

Rowland Hall

Education - Primary / Secondary School
(founded in 1867)

#15 Midsize Business

First American Title Insurance Company

Title insurance
(founded in 1889)

#16 Midsize Business

Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company

Life, Accident & Health Insurance and TPA Services
(founded in 1935)

#17 Midsize Business

Molina Healthcare of Utah, Inc.

HMO for the underserved
(founded in 1997)

#18 Midsize Business

Workfront Inc.

Marketing Work Management Saas Software
(founded in 2001)

#19 Midsize Business

Medical Review Institute of America

External Review
(founded in 1983)

#20 Midsize Business

Thanksgiving Point Institute Inc

(founded in 1996)

#21 Midsize Business

Perfectly Posh

Health & Personal Care
(founded in 2011)

#22 Midsize Business

Finicity Corporation

Financial Services
(founded in 1999)

#23 Midsize Business

Deseret First Credit Union

Credit Union
(founded in 1955)

#24 Midsize Business

Sirsi Corporation

Enterprise Software
(founded in 1979)

#25 Midsize Business

Orbit Irrigation Products Inc.

Consumer Goods
(founded in 1971)

Small Businesses

#1 Small Business


Enterprise Software
(founded in 2014)

#2 Small Business

Brighton Home Health and Hospice

(founded in 2012)

#3 Small Business

GPS Capital Markets, Inc.

Corporate Foreign Exchange (FX)
(founded in 2002)

#4 Small Business

Zurixx, LLC

Financial and Entrepreneurship Education
(founded in 2012)

#5 Small Business

Xima Software

(founded in 2007)

#6 Small Business

Diversified Insurance Group

Insurance Consultants & Brokers
(founded in 2001)

#7 Small Business

Rhodes Bake and Serve

Food / Beverages
(founded in 1958)

#8 Small Business

Love Communications

Marketing and Branding
(founded in 1999)

#9 Small Business


Managed Services & Outsourcing
(founded in 1999)

#10 Small Business

American Income Life

Financial Service
(founded in 1952)

#11 Small Business

Penna Powers

Full Services Communications Firm
(founded in 1984)

#12 Small Business

Pinnacle Quality Insight

Business Services
(founded in 1995)

#13 Small Business

A Plus Benefits Inc

Professional Employer Organization
(founded in 1990)

#14 Small Business

HealthInsight Utah

Healthcare/Quality Improvement Organization
(founded in 1973)

#15 Small Business

Tanner LLC

Public Accounting
(founded in 1940)

#16 Small Business

Security Service Federal CU

(founded in 1956)

#17 Small Business

Get Away Today Vacations

Disney Vacation Specialists
(founded in 1990)

#18 Small Business

Utah Food Services

Special Events & Catering
(founded in 1995)

#19 Small Business


Enterprise Software
(founded in 1997)

#20 Small Business

Employer Solutions Group

Business Services
(founded in 1997)

#21 Small Business

Granite Credit Union

Credit Union
(founded in 1935)

#22 Small Business

Beehive Broadband

Telecommunications & Cable
(founded in 2003)

#23 Small Business


(founded in 2004)

#24 Small Business

Partner Fusion

Marketing and Technology
(founded in 2007)

#25 Small Business


Service and Technology (Business)
(founded in 1899)