How to Improve Morale and Your Bottom Line

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM EDT

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( Business First ) Business First is out with its "Best Places to Work" list.

This year more than 100 companies were nominated. About 70 made the cut, after a screening process with Quantum Workplace.

So what does it take to make the annual list?

The Best Places to Work may not pay the highest salaries, but these companies treat their employees well with flex time, the newest technology, a team atmosphere and more.

Studies show that employee attitudes are stronger at companies that show appreciation for employee efforts.

And, in turn, dedication of employees directly impacts the company's bottom line.

Business First editor Jeff Wright says it's all about engaging employees. "Employee engagement is how involved employees are in their company," he said. "They understand what's going on. The company involved them in a way that shows they value their input."

Wright says many companies on this year's list are successful thanks to that employee engagement. "They're engaging their employees and getting positive outcome, whether it is selling something or providing a service," he said.

You can read more about each company in this week's Business First.

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