Taos is a company that does not rest on its laurels and we are continually seeking ways to improve the employee experience. We know that professional development and training opportunities are critical to our technical consultants. Our Practice Management team is answering the challenge by kicking off a number of initiatives designed to impact not just our own community of technical experts, but to influence and impact the broader technical community. We feel that we have a responsibility to our employees and our clients to stay on top of the latest and greatest enterprise technology trends. We have recently developed training classes in hot topics such as Puppet and Python. We are taking measures to make these training classes and technical discussions more interactive for our ever-growing remote staff who participates via web and video tools. We’ve posted before about a relationship we’re building with O’Reilly to engage some of our senior consultants in developing training courses which will be used in the broader technical community. These efforts allow us to contribute to the development of technical talent globally, develop the skills of our own technology experts, provide our most experienced consultants with the opportunity to share their knowledge and build their own personal brand as an industry expert.
All of these efforts are important to career growth and skill development, but they’re not the primary reason employees rate Taos as a Top Workplace. Employee survey results tell us how our employees feel about the tangibles like compensation, their managers, the benefits, etc. But what the survey doesn’t capture is the sense of community and camaraderie that exists among current and former Taos employees. Ask any one of us who have worked for the company more than once (I’m a second-timer!) and you’ll hear the same thing, “Once a Taoser, always a Taoser.” In the more than 10 years I have known Taos, I have seen clients become employees and employees become clients. This only happens in companies made up of people who care about what they do and about the people they work with.
Congratulations to all of my colleagues and thank you for making Taos the special place that it has been for over 20 years.