Each year, many employers and employees pay particular attention to Fortune Magazine’s Best 100 Companies to Work For . Besides being a badge of honor for many employers, top talent across the country may use the list as a starting point for their career searches.

You don’t have to be one of the top 100 to be desirable to top talent (but it doesn’t hurt!).

Maybe you didn’t quite make the list, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have what it takes to lure top talent to your organization. Here are some of the key traits identified among some of the cream of the crop on this year’s list:

  1. Great Corporate Culture. Whether encouraging employees’ “weirdness” like Zappos, or giving employees the opportunity to offer suggestions like Google, providing a supportive corporate culture is a great way to lure top talent. When employees are happy, they are likely to talk to their friends about their great jobs. Word-of-mouth about how awesome your employees think their jobs are can go a long way!
  2. Creature Comforts. Free bagels, a climbing wall (perhaps not quite practical for most offices, but still) – offering small pieces of home (or let’s face it – free food) can go a long way toward making employees happy with their jobs. Whether you take turns bringing in snacks, or you can spring for a free vending machine, find ways to bring small comforts into the workplace, and reap the rewards!
  3. Bonuses. Nugget Market, NetApp, Google. The top employers in this year’s list offer cash bonuses or pay increases to employees who perform. While we all like a nice pat on the back from time to time, let’s face it – money speaks. Volumes. So if your company is riding the economy storm and seeing gains, share the wealth. Your employees will see the bonus as more than just a nice cash infusion, but an investment in them by their employer.

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