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April 01, 2017

Publisher's Note

Two Reasons to Cheer

by Lauren Lawley Head



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Celebration season continues at Direct Selling News.

In March, we introduced you to our inaugural Forces Under 40 class, the up-and-coming talent in the corporate offices of direct selling. In this month’s edition of the magazine, we honor 11 companies as the Best Places to Work in Direct Selling. For this project, we once again partnered with Quantum Workplace, an HR technology company that has been collecting Best Places to Work data for more than a decade. Companies that choose to participate in the research process allow Quantum Workplace to administer an online survey to their employees designed to measure workplace engagement. Quantum Workplace then evaluates the results, benchmarking companies against the more than 8,000 that have participated in its research and selecting the top performers.  

In direct selling, keeping members of the independent salesforce engaged in the business is understood to be part of the table stakes for success. DSN launched the Best Places to Work in Direct Selling program in 2016, fueled by a belief that nurturing an engaged corporate workforce is equally important. This year’s group of honorees, including four companies making their second appearance on the list, shares that view. These companies demonstrate their commitment to providing a great work environment through strong benefits programs, structured onboarding for new team members, consistent and constructive feedback, professional development and a commitment to work/life balance. 

“This is a company that believes in servant leadership,” Customer Service Manager Shentelle Hamilton says of two-time Best Places to Work in Direct Selling honoree Team National. “There is a love of charity work and no one is looking for recognition. It is done from the heart.” You can learn more about the Best Places to Work honorees’ approach to workplace engagement in our Cover Story, which begins on Page 18, as well as in the company profiles in the special award supplement that came with this edition.

On April 19, we cap off our award season with the 2017 Global 100 Celebration at the Intercontinental Dallas Hotel. Executives from active direct selling companies are invited to join their peers for a special night designed to recognize the leaders in the channel and the power that direct selling has to change lives around the world. We are pleased to welcome two outstanding keynote speakers at this year’s event—Jim Coover, Co-Owner and CEO of Isagenix, and Mark Pentecost, Owner and CEO of It Works!—as well as to announce this year’s Bravo Growth Award winner. And, of course, we’ll be counting down the list of the 100 largest direct selling companies in the world. Ticket and sponsorship information is available at DSNGlobal100.com.

No matter where your journey takes you this month, I hope that you too find a reason to celebrate. 

All the best,

Lauren