You don't have to look too hard to figure out that management at Athenahealth wants employees to enjoy their jobs. You just have to scroll through the list of corporate titles until you get to the minister of fun.
Company executives at the Watertown, Mass.-based health information technology company say they need to let employees have some fun because the typical workday can be demanding and stressful. Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush has said he envisions making Athenahealth, which had focused mostly on providing insurance billing software, the “information backbone for the healthcare industry,” providing a broad set of information technology solutions for medical professionals.
Athenahealth is one of two large supplier companies on this year's Best Places to Work. It ranks No. 46 in the supplier category and No. 90 overall.
The company, which had $753 million in revenue in 2014, now works on a range of healthcare IT, including electronic health-record systems and Epocrates, a suite of software for doctors' mobile devices.
“We're making something that is fundamental to our society—healthcare—work better,” said Rosa Carson, who previously held the minister of fun title. She's since changed jobs and now has the more mundane title of senior manager of administrative services.
“While it's inspiring to be part of a solution to a problem, it's not easy,” Carson said. People who work at Athenahealth, she said, can “spend the whole day banging their head against a problem.”