Letter from the Business editor

DURING THE GREAT Recession, many of us were busy finding work or hanging onto the job we have. There was little time to worry about the quality of our workplace lives. But with the economy on the mend, more of us are taking a closer look at what we should expect from employers.

The Globe’s third annual Top Places to Work is designed to help you figure out which organizations are treating workers right. But there’s one thing we have done differently this year: We divided the rankings into small, medium, and large employers. The reason? Working at a place with 100 employees is very different from one with 1,000.

The number one organizations in each category all said their bottom lines depend on satisfied employees. Bright Horizons, the Watertown daycare chain, and Associates for Human Services, the Taunton nonprofit, are both in the business of taking care of people and have gone out of their way to make workers feel appreciated. Hill Holliday, the Boston advertising agency, has built a happy workplace to keep the creative juices flowing. Beyond career development and wellness programs, the firm pampers its workforce with an in-house beauty room where employees can get haircuts and massages.

Top Places couldn’t have happened without assistant business editor Michael Warshaw, who served as editor. Designer Jane Martin debuted as art director, working closely with copy editor Andrew Reese. producer Jesse Nunes brought Top Places to life online — so check out extras such as videos and sortable charts at

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