Inc. Magazine has named Mission Partners among its 2022 Best Workplaces in the U.S. Featured in the May/June 2022 issue, the list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional workplaces and company culture, whether operating in a physical or virtual facility.
We are so proud to share that Mission Partners scored a 97 out of a possible 100 points, cementing its place among this year’s 475 honorees. In addition to an audit of workplace benefits, the score was partially determined by the results of a company-wide employee survey conducted by Quantum Workplace, which evaluated the company on topics such as management effectiveness, workplace perks, fostering employee growth, and overall culture.
This announcement comes just one week after Mission Partners released its fourth annual 2021 Social Impact report, detailing our deep commitment to better business.
“At Mission Partners, we believe business is a force for good and we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect for all employees and partners. We recognize people as more than what happens during the workday and we believe our organization is a better place to work when people can bring their whole selves to their place of employment,” noted Founder and CEO Carrie Fox.
Mission Partners was founded in 2017 on the premise that communications is one of the single greatest levers to advance social justice. The firm partners with nonprofits, associations, foundations, and responsible businesses to uncover what stands in the way of organizational success. With a strategic eye—and always leading with empathy—Mission Partners supports clients as they navigate communications challenges and co-create strategies that move people to action.”
“Not long ago, the term ‘best workplace’ would have conjured up images of open-office designs with stocked snack fridges,” said Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk of Mission Partners’ win. “Yet given the widespread adoption of remote work, the concept of the workplace has shifted. This year, Inc. has recognized the organizations dedicated to redefining and enriching the workplace in the face of the pandemic.”
In addition to the Best Workplaces honor, Mission Partners has also been awarded a Gold Mental Health America Bell Seal for its deep and continued commitment to centering mental health in the workplace.
Approximately 1 in 5 employees in the United States will experience a mental health condition each year, but given the right resources, every employee can benefit from a supportive and psychologically safe workplace.
“At Mission Partners, we don’t just think about the impact we are having with clients and communities; we also think deeply about our role as a responsible employer,” added Jessica Hassanzadeh, Mission Partners’ managing director.
Among some of the factors that contributed to its win as an Inc. Magazine Best Workplace, and a Mental Health America Gold Bell Seal winner:
Mission Partners offers a generous benefits package, including nearly double the national average for individual paid time off and an employee sabbatical program.
Mission Partners maintains a Wellness@Work program for all employees and contractors, as well as a healthy budget to support employee mental health efforts. The program is championed by a member of the leadership team and guided by direct feedback from employees. The Wellness@Work initiative provides dedicated time for learning opportunities, employee milestone celebrations, team gatherings, and cash incentives for physical movement, as well as programming that supports the mental health of our team – such as yoga, meditation, or journaling.
Mission Partners has made a clear commitment with employees and clients to set thoughtful boundaries and expectations that prioritize mental health and wellbeing, and that work to uproot white supremacist norms in the workplace. Team members are encouraged to challenge harmful instances of false urgency, and to take advantage of flexible schedules to protect mental health and prevent employee burnout.
Mission Partners embraces a teaching hospital mentality, where talents are celebrated and shared through experiential learning. The firm invests in employees through opportunities that support professional development and collaboration and mentorship across teams.
In job openings, Mission Partners publishes salary information to contribute to a transparent hiring process and actively support closing the national gender and racial wage gaps. The company conducts blind reviews of application materials, and current staff interview job candidates, providing anonymous feedback to inform selection.
At hire, Mission Partners employees complete a work preferences survey to provide guidance on preferred work styles for their manager. Sample questions include preferences for morning or afternoon meetings, personality type, and the types of work that employees find draining or energizing.
Promotion ladders and salary tiers are published to ensure transparency, and employees are encouraged to identify areas and pathways of growth with their managers.
Employees can provide both anonymous and attributed feedback through quarterly satisfaction surveys. Mission Partners conducts annual retention interviews with team members on the anniversary of their hire to learn about their experience and identify opportunities for growth. There is a formal employee grievance process for disputes. And employees can anonymously report instances of harassment, discrimination, or bias.
About Mission Partners
Mission Partners is a social impact communications firm and Certified B Corporation headquartered in Rockville, MD. Since its 2017 founding, Mission Partners has counseled hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and social impact organizations as well as the partners who fund and support their work, helping to ensure they are authentic in their words, equitable in their strategies, and intentional about their impact. The team works at the unique intersection of PR, policy, and philanthropy, serving as trusted partners and colleagues to their clients and communities. The firm offers a full range of strategic communications– messaging, marketing, issues management and strategy building, to help advance their clients’ visions for the future.
About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee-engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit QuantumWorkplace.com.