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PEOPLE and Great Place to Work Announce Square Root as #27 On Their 3rd Annual 50 Companies That Care List

JULY 24, 2019

Selected for their Learn Anything Program, Square Root is empowering their Radical team to seek out and direct their own growth and development.

Square Root is honored to be named on PEOPLE’s third annual list of “Companies That Care”. The list spotlights the 50 U.S. Companies that have succeeded in business, while also demonstrating respect, compassion, and concern for their communities, their employees, and the environment. To build the list, PEOPLE once again partnered with global workplace culture authority, Great Place to Work®, to identify the top U.S. companies that best fit the criteria. 

 This is Square Root’s first time on the list, selected for it’s Learn Anything program—a fan-favorite of the company’s Radicals (their moniker for employees). Courtney Branson, Square Root’s Director of People + Culture, says it was inspired by Square Root’s value Thrive, which, she adds, is an ode to the team itself. It was created as a means to nurture personal and professional growth, celebrate Radicals’ achievements and life milestones, and craft an atmosphere for everyone to flourish. 

“Learn Anything builds more than knowledge, it nurtures creativity and confidence. It’s pushed us all out of our comfort zone.”

“It’s a dream to be recognized by PEOPLE Magazine for our Learn Anything benefit,” says Branson. “I’ve seen Radicals tackle fear after fear in the quest for growth. Learnings come back to Square Root along with a hunger to try more things in and outside of work. Learn Anything builds more than knowledge, it nurtures creativity and confidence. It’s pushed us all out of our comfort zone.”

 The company of just under 50 people launched the program four years ago in an effort to empower their team to seek out and take charge of their own growth. The program’s spirit is embodied in the name itself. With it, Radicals are encouraged to use a budget of $3,000 for anything—and they mean anything! In the years since it’s launch, the program has been used for a myriad of growth opportunities, including improv, guitar, piano, banjo, and public speaking lessons; a scuba diving certification; Japanese courses and a trip to Japan to practice the newfound language skills; Pragmatic Marketing certifications; UX/UI design classes; and too many conferences and college courses to name. 

 Square Root is honored to be featured among 49 other companies who also made the list. They include organizations such as SalesForce, Orrick, Patagonia, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and more. You can see the full list here: people.com/50companiesthatcare

 The full list will be featured in the August 5th, 2019 issue of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands nationwide on Friday, July 26th.

About Square Root: Square Root enables retailers and automotive manufacturers to improve store performance and achieve business goals. Their Software and Data Science as a Service store operations platform, CoEFFICIENT®, delivers dynamic, relevant, and actionable metrics to district and store managers. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Square Root partners with companies across the globe to connect their top-level initiatives to store- and dealer-level execution. The company has an award-winning culture, receiving recognition from Fortune Magazine as one of the best small companies to work for in the U.S for the past 5 years.

 About PEOPLE: Meredith Corporation’s PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism when it launched as a weekly in 1974 with a mission to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary thingsUbiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 40 years later, the PEOPLE brand is accessible across all media and platforms (print, digital, video, OTT, mobile, social) bringing more than 100 million consumers a unique mix of breaking entertainment news, exclusive photos, video, unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time. An essential component of PEOPLE’s editorial vision remains human interest stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate audience. ComScore ranks the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Digital Network No. 1 in the entertainment news category.  And now, the PeopleTV app offers a free, advertiser-supported OTT streaming video service. PEOPLE is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in NYC with reporters worldwide. For more information visit PEOPLE.com and follow @people on Twitter and Instagram, @peoplemag on Facebook, and the PEOPLE channel on YouTube and on Snapchat’s Discover

 About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. It helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, its culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. The company uses its unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces in the U.S. and more than 60 other countries, including Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

 To learn more, visit greatplacetowork.com, listen to the podcast Better by Great Place to Work, and read “A Great Place to Work for All.” Join the community on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Companies that Care: Published by PEOPLE, the Companies that Care list highlights the top US companies that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating outstanding respect, care, and concern for their employees, their communities and the environment.

PEOPLE magazine teamed up with Great Place to Work® to produce the ranking using the workplace analytic firm’s extensive database and inside knowledge of outstanding workplaces around the globe. Rankings are based on surveys representing over 4.5 million employees’ experiences of how their workplaces have made a difference in their lives and in their communities. Rankings also reflect Great Place to Work’s assessment of the generosity of each organization’s benefits, philanthropic and community support, with particular focus on activities occurring in the last year.

About the Methodology: PEOPLE teamed up with Great Place to Work® to produce the ranking using the research firm’s extensive database and inside knowledge of outstanding workplaces around the globe.

 Rankings are based on surveys representing over 4.5 million employees’ experiences of how their workplaces have made a difference in their lives and in their communities.

Rankings also reflect Great Place to Work’s assessment of the generosity of each organization’s benefits, philanthropic and community support, with particular focus on activities occurring in the last year.

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