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I went up to one of those guys during study hall and asked how to use Reddit.

He helped me set up an account and subscribe to “subreddits,” or mini communities within the Reddit domain. I spent the rest of that period scrolling through Reddit and selecting the communities I wanted to join.

That doesn’t mean this is a game show. We’re not holding open auditions like

it’s a reality competition. We’ll be vetting for skills, perspectives, and experiences that complement the decades of experience that our team already brings to bear.

But just the mere act of letting the world know we want to include more candidates in the process has connected us with a significant number of extremely talented and experienced people—many of whom had never considered participating in a startup at this level before.

“Since day one, AgBiome has operated with a unique, non-hierarchical management system with no fixed reporting structure. The company is instead run by committees of passionately committed employees,” explained Elizabeth Claypoole, Chief People Officer, AgBiome. “This award is a testament to how AgBiome’s unique structure not only enables us to attract and retain better scientific talent, which is critical to our mission, but also allows us to make decisions faster and innovate better. This certainly differentiates us from our larger, more bureaucratic competitors.”

Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Omaha’s Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. then gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Then the publication ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, 74.2 percent of surveyed employees were engaged by their work—besting last year’s score of 72.1 percent.

The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity.

While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes:

  • 99 percent provide health insurance—and some cover the cost.
  • 49 percent allow employees to bring pets to work.
  • 65 percent take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge.
  • 16 percent offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service.

While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes:

AgBiome discovers and develops innovative biological and trait products for crop protection. Our proprietary Genesis™ discovery platform allows us to efficiently capture and screen the most diverse and unique microbial collection for agriculturally relevant applications, coupled to industry-best screens for insect, disease and nematode control. Through its commercial subsidiary, AgBiome Innovations, Inc., the company develops and sells proprietary crop protection solutions. The first of these, Howler™, is a revolutionary biological fungicide for disease control in a broad variety of specialty crops. LifeEDIT, an AgBiome subsidiary, deploys proprietary genome editing systems to address human genetic diseases and high value crop traits.

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