Date Added: June 2015
Many individuals no longer feel their workplace is a great place to work. Information to help define a great workplace may be helpful and five characteristics include: trust, engagement, transparency, communication and intention.
Trust relates to employees believing in leadership’s ability to provide strategy and vision; and if co-workers regard each other as family who “have each other’s back.”
Engagement comprises employees’ being invested in the organization, people and customers; and seeing themselves as part of something greater than themselves – aligning with the organization’s mission and values.
Transparency encompasses trust and communication whereby leaders clearly articulate both opportunities and problems while seeking input on solutions.
Communication must be continuous; with the organization and leaders regularly seeking employee feedback. There is open communication among everyone – especially leaders and employees.
Intention is a newer characteristic and more connected with Millennials than Generation X or Baby Boomers. Is the organization intentionally setting a clear vision and strategy? Is the organization doing what it says it’s going to do? Is the organization purposefully developing future leaders?
While these five characteristics represent a summary of the “best of the best,” we should take time to define our own great workplace. While there may not be a perfect workplace, given the time we spend at work; we should enjoy it.
While trust, communication and transparency are of higher importance to me; my list also includes: ability to positively impact others and the organization, flexibility/autonomy, and challenge/learning.
Does the organization encourage me to positively impact others and the organization? Do I feel I am able to positively impact both? Am I allowed to do my job and not be micro-managed? Does the organization and industry challenge me; and allow me to use my gifts for the greater good of the organization?
Take time to reflect on the type of organization you want to work for and define your great place to work characteristics. If your organization doesn’t offer these, ask leadership how they may adapt to you. You may be surprised of their willingness to adapt – demonstrating where you work may be better than you believe.
David Yeghiaian is committed to positively impacting the lives of others through faith, inspiration and leadership. Reach him at email@example.com.