it's a company philosophy summed up by rich teerlink, ceo of harley-davidson from 1989 to 1996, and lee ozley, a consultant who worked with him during the company's turnaround, in more than a motorcycle: the leadership journey at harley-davidson (harvard business school publishing):"[c]ompensation has to be thought of in the broadest way as a positive total experience."

following are some of the ways, from mundane to unusual, that harley managers recognize their employees. one caveat: as with most "best companies to work for," it's not just a few recognition methods that make the difference, it's the fact that rewards come in all kinds, and come regularly.

- buying lunch for the department

- improving physical working conditions (installing floor mats, for instance)

- offering temporary use of company motorcycles

- increasing an employee's responsibility and input

- putting a letter in the employee's personnel file

- allowing the individual to lead

- sending employees to seminars at other harley locations or at other companies

- offering time off with pay

- providing opportunities for employees to report on their accomplishments

- arranging for front-row parking

- allowing flexible work hours

- giving bonuses for special accomplishments

- keeping people informed about matters of special interest -

party harley


every five years since its inception in 1903, harley-davidson has celebrated its anniversary. that's a lot of practice celebrating, and it will culminate in a yearlong, special 100th-anniversary blowout.

the festivities kick off july 20 in atlanta with the open road tour, which will travel the world - through u.s. cities such as dallas and los angeles and on to mexico city, tokyo, barcelona, and beyond. each stop will feature exhibits chronicling harley-davidson history, fashion shows highlighting biker style, special kid-oriented activities, and live music on two stages.