Letter from the editor: The importance of loving where you work

Mary Yost

There's something about a newsroom that energizes me.

I've worked in other environments-even in journalism. I had off-site offices with a couple of beats I covered for The Columbus Dispatch years ago, but the newsroom was always where the energy was.

The close confines and wide-open arrangement mean you can hear snippets of the story someone else is chasing or easily consult another word geek to noodle out an issue with grammar or punctuation. Ready help is nearby when you're searching for just the right word to make a sentence sing or to nail a headline.

A newsroom might feel like chaos to some, but for me it is comforting and supportive. Kindred spirits toil nearby. We don't have to explain to each other the beauty we see in a thoroughly researched and well-written article enhanced with just the right photos and showcased in a deftly-designed page.

Landing in the environment that works for you is a big part of finding yourself in a top workplace-where you look forward to spending the better part of your day and where hours pass quickly.

In this issue, we celebrate 60 Top Workplaces that have figured out what resonates with their employees; what makes their workforce want to stay and give their all. Maybe it's clear communications from company leaders, opportunities to give back to the community or even free lunch. Contributing writers TC Brown and Melissa Kossler Dutton talk with some of this year's winners about elements of their inspiring environments. There are plenty of good ideas in this special section to help make your own workplace even better!

You'll see Top Workplaces is a magazine within our magazine, complete with its own page numbers. And when you get to the end, the page numbers pick up as if the section were not specially numbered. We do that on purpose so the last page of this issue reflects the page total for the entire publication. One diligent reader emailed me last year that page numbers were all messed up in our Top Workplaces issue, but trust me: this is how special sections are handled.

Along with Top Workplaces, this issue features how to use executive coaches to create top performers.

Some people were surprised to learn last fall that OSU Football Coach Urban Meyer brought executive coaches into his locker room to work with players and assistant coaches alike, but no one is arguing with Meyer's results. As Assistant Editor Kitty McConnell reports, executive coaches are being used increasingly to help corporate up-and-comers and CEOs perform at higher levels. The already-crowded field is relatively new, but guidelines in this feature can help you find the best coach for your key players.

As an added bonus you won't want to miss, some of the coaches interviewed for this story will be sharing advice in online-only guest posts to our CEO Live website in coming weeks.

With all the energy being focused on improving workplaces and coaching people to success, maybe it's no wonder Baby Boomers are reluctant to retire. Contributing writer Denise Trowbridge uncovers multiple reasons why people are retiring later.

One reason I can identify with-my job is too much fun! I hope you get some of the same enjoyment out of reading Columbus CEO each month that our team gets in creating it.