D-backs again praised for work environment

Arizona is lone baseball team named to Forbes' top 10 employee-friendly sports organizations

D-backs again praised for work environment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs were named as one of the "10 Best Organizations to Work for in Sports" by Forbes, adding to the organization's list of awards in that category.

"That was a nice surprise," D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall said. "I was very proud and honored, but it really says a lot about our employees, who are so passionate and really make this culture what it is each and every day. I often say that we can't control what happens on the field as evident by last year's result, but we can control what happens off the field, and it really starts with how we treat our employees."

Hall's philosophy starts with putting employees first. If the organization does this, he believes, the employees will feel respected and valued and will then in turn treat fans in a first-class manner.

"It's a unique environment and it's just nice to be recognized for it, but that's not why we do it," Hall said. "With the hours that these employees put in, with the emotions that are up and down and closely tied to the performance on the field, it's important that they have a place where they can go each and every day and be productive, of course, but also to enjoy their work environment and their co-workers."

The D-backs were the lone Major League Baseball team to make Forbes' list, and the only other professional sports franchise named was the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. The NFL office also made the list, along with the athletic department of Ohio State University and some sports marketing and consultant agencies.

The D-backs were also recently named the No. 1 organization in Ranking Arizona's 2015 list of the "Best Places to Work" in the category of small businesses.

In the annual "Best Places to Work" list put out by the Phoenix Business Journal, the D-backs have been ranked for eight consecutive years.

"I think it helps when it comes to recruitment and retention," Hall said of having such an employee-friendly environment. "But we also take great pride in the fact that a lot of our employees are taken away for better opportunities at other teams. And we're one of the first places that they're coming to now to pluck our talent because they know that we've become really the breeding ground of potential leaders."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.