The #WorkWithGusto contest is over! A huge thank you to all the small businesses who participated in our contest by posting photos of their team and sharing the unique ways they support their employees.

We scored entries based on 3 criteria we laid out in the official rules:

  • Creativity of the team photo (30% of the score)
  • Originality of how the business helps employees thrive in work and in life (50% of the score)
  • Overall presentation (20% of the score)

We selected the businesses with the top 10 scores as our #WorkWithGusto winners. Here’s the full list below.

The Winners

Living Yoga

Designer Paws Salon


The Goodness Collaborative

Stems Brooklyn

Chief Martech Officer

Purely Solutions

Hexagramm Books

Mama Hope


The #WorkWithGusto Contest Rules

Nominate a small business that helps its employees thrive at work and in life.

Maybe it provides a perk that lets the team balance work and wellbeing. Maybe it creates a positive and safe environment that allows employees to be their most authentic selves. Or maybe the business makes an effort to help everyone genuinely connect with their team and love their workday. Whatever it does, we want to hear about it.

Post a team photo of the business you’re nominating and tell us what unique thing a small business does to help its people thrive. If your nomination is selected, the business you’ve nominated will win $1,000 to do something special for the team #WorkWithGusto.


Open to all people who are residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry and work at a business with fewer than 100 employees. Signing up for Gusto or additional social media posts will not improve the chances of winning. 

Entry period

This contest begins on September 10, 2019 at 12:01am ET and ends on November 10, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. 

How to Enter

To enter: (1) Share your stories on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter by publicly responding to the prompt; (2) Follow Gusto on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter; and (3) Tag us @gustohq and use the hashtags #WorkWithGusto and #contest. Nominees will be contacted directly through social media. 

Judging criteria

Winners will be selected by a Gusto committee. Small business entries will be judged on the following criteria: (a) creativity of the photo: 30%; (b) originality of how business helps employees thrive at work and in life: 50%; (c) overall presentation: 20%. 


The top 10 businesses, identified by internal Gusto deliberation, will win $1,000 to spend on any team-bonding offsite, event, or activity of their choosing. Winners will be asked to send in expense receipts for the activity they spent the money on, as well as pictures of their team-bonding activity.

Official Rules

No purchase necessary. The #WorkWithGusto Social Contest (the “Contest”) sponsored by ZenPayroll, Inc., dba Gusto (“Gusto”) is open only to legal residents of any of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (void where not permitted) who are (i) at least 18 years of age and at least the age of majority in their state of residence on the date of entry and (ii) who work at a business that employs fewer than one hundred (100) full-time and/or part-time employees. The term of the Contest is September 10, 2019 at 12:01am Eastern Time (“ET”) to November 10, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. To view the Official Rules, click here.

Andrea Garcia-Vargas Andrea Garcia-Vargas is on Gusto's Communications team. Before joining the tech world, she worked at several news and journalism startups, including Upworthy and OZY Media, as both a writer and marketer. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Refinery29, The Chicago Tribune, and Bustle.
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