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Business Leaders Try To Improve Workplace Culture At Seattle Conference

A panel of west coast business leaders discuss employee feedback at a Tuesday morning session at TINYcon.
Caleb Papineau
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TINYpulse
A panel of west coast business leaders discuss employee feedback at a Tuesday morning session at TINYcon.

Corporate leaders are gathering in downtown Seattle to talk about how they can make their workplaces more employee-friendly.

About 175 people attended a conference called TINYcon this week to hear speakers on things like employee feedback and company transparency.

Some of the people attending represent large businesses looking to change how they interact with their employees. Smaller companies and startups want to create a good workplace culture to stay competitive.

Joel Halberg works at a branding firm in Oregon that has about 50 employees. He said just having the right salary isn't enough to attract talent. Companies should look out for their employees' wellbeing.

"With the way things are going, if you're not focused on this type of thing, you're probably not growing as quickly as you want," Halberg said.

That type of thing includes big concerns like scheduling, but also having company holiday parties and ways for managers to show they are listening.

The conference, which ends Wednesday, is sponsored by a Seattle-based company called TINYpulse.

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.