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January 2010
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Two Firms are “Best Places to Work” in Denver

 In the Denver Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” special section, two law firms were among the 30 businesses that received accolades.

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According to the profiles written up in the Nov. 20, 2009 special section of the DBJ, Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner strives to provide quality legal services for clients while providing a better work environment for attorneys. The firm also:

• Hires attorneys with a sense of humor.
• Treats all employees as equals.
•  Has little turnover.
•  Offers generous health benefits and profit sharing opportunities.
• Encourages employees to “take the initiative on tasks they care about.


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Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell makes sure clients are happy by making sure employees are happy, according to the profiles written up in the Nov. 20, 2009 special section of the DBJ. The firm fosters collegiality tolerance and respect; has helpful employees who are genuinely interested in each other; offers generous benefits; respects, values and appreciates employees; and faces personal challenges as a team within the firm and supports colleagues who need assistance and emotional support.


Law firm leaders take note: Employees nominate their workplaces.

As part of the process in the competition, employees fill out confidential and anonymous surveys online. The survey of employees covers team effectiveness, retention risk, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, work engagement and people practices, as stated in a column on the process, which is printed inside the special section.

The competition is divided into three categories based on number of employees: large (75 or more), medium (24-74) and small (10-26). The DBJ asks a few initial questions and hires a consultant to run the competition. Employees rate their workplace on a scale of one to six, regarding statements such as “I enjoy doing my work” or “I trust and respect my immediate supervisor” or “I know I can depend on the other members of my team.” The survey responses are averaged out, and the top 10 winners in each category emerge.

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