Let’s face it: Knowing how to create a great work environment is one of the most valuable assets for your business. But, it is also one of the most difficult challenges that business leaders and managers face.
As a result, organizations have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars trying to solve the problem. Words like “culture,” “flexibility,” and “cause” have become buzzwords to business leaders trying to create the ideal workplace for their employees. And, while culture and cause are definitely important, adding a Ping-Pong table to the break room isn’t solving the problem.
3 Universal Characteristics of a Great Work Environment
So, what makes a great work environment where employees can thrive personally and professionally? While there might be specific areas to address, here are three universal characteristics of a great work environment, regardless of your industry or age of employees:
- An intentional focus on boosting morale and improving company culture. A great work environment doesn’t create itself. It takes intentional effort from everyone within the organization. Leaders are responsible for setting the tone and making the culture a priority. Employees are aware of the role they play in company morale and actively seek out ways to improve it. Companies that are renowned for being a great place don’t just sayculture and morale is a priority, they put that belief into action by always finding ways to boost company morale and improve company culture.
- Managers who invest in their employees. Most people think money is the primary reason people quit their jobs. However, a recent study by Gallup found that managers are responsible for up to 60 percent of all the reasons people quit. Companies that have created a great work environment are often made up of leaders and managers who truly value their employees and are committed to helping them grow personally and professionally.
- Clarity and candor when communicating with employees. Ambiguity, uncertainty, and gossip are toxic in any work environment. When employees aren’t sure about their responsibilities, what success looks like, and how they’re performing, it’s really difficult for them to show up with a desire to “lean in” and give 100%. On the other hand, work becomes meaningful to employees when they know how their work contributions affect the organization. Companies that have created a great work environment are absolutely clear with employees. They avoid inter-office gossip that talks about employees rather than to them.
Investing in what it takes to create a great work environment can seem like a lot of work. It’s a lot more work than buying an espresso machine for the office. It’s far easier for a leader to say, “Employees just need to get over it, show up to work, and do their job.” However, taking the time and effort to create a great work environment is worth it.
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