Sock DrawerLocal and online retailer The Sock Drawer has received official certification from Great Place to Work®, a global authority on workplace culture.

Based in San Luis Obispo, California, The Sock Drawer employs 16 staff year-round and dozens more during the holiday season at its distribution warehouse and downtown shop. The retailer has sold thousands of pairs of fun novelty socks each year since it first opened in 2007, and it is now one of only three companies in SLO to have earned the Great Place to Work® designation.

“We’re so excited to get this official stamp of approval,” founder and owner Brooke English said, “because it really comes from our employees. Our goal at The Sock Drawer is not just to sell great socks, but also to treat our team incredibly well.”

As part of the certification process, employees complete anonymous surveys on workplace culture, focusing on issues ranging from compensation and managerial competence to office comfort and trust among staff. Great Place to Work® uses rigorous standards to grade the surveys and Sock Drawerawards its certification to the highest-performing businesses. Fortune, Forbes and People media companies use these rankings to generate their well-known lists of the best places to work.

“The Sock Drawer has always felt like a family,” English said. “We want everyone to come to work and feel completely comfortable being themselves, and to know they’ll be supported in anything they do. We have always made a conscious effort to be sure our employees feel that way, and this certification just makes it official. We’re so proud.”

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The Great Place to Work® designation will last a year, through July 2020, at which point the “sock fairies” who work at The Sock Drawer can take a new survey for re-certification.

“It’s actually a super useful tool for us,” English said. “We want to know what our sock fairies really think about their jobs and our culture, so having an outside party conduct an anonymous survey regularly is great. We get detailed reports on the results, and we intend to act on them.”

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The Sock Drawer is a popular seller of fun, colorful novelty socks in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, and online at The business has thrived since 2007 and is known for its hand-picked selection of hundreds of patterns and styles for women, men and kids. Certified as an official Great Place to Work®, the retailer is owned by Brooke English and employs 16 year-round staff, plus dozens more seasonal employees.