6 Secrets of the Best Places to Work
Ken Blanchard and Norman Peale wrote a book together called The Fortunate 500. They looked at the top 20 percent of companies in each industry, those companies that had consistently achieved higher levels of profitability than those in the bottom 80 percent in the same industry. The top 20 percent of the companies were also, known for having a positive progressive work environment with strong business ethics and were ranked at the top best places to work.
Importance of Business Ethics
One of the distinctions they found among these companies was that all the companies that had clearly outlined business ethics and values of some kind. The difference was that the top 20 percent of the companies had written values that were clearly formulated and which everyone in the company knew and lived by consistently. The companies in the bottom 80 percent might have had business ethics and values, but few employees knew what they were, and few were able to articulate how to live or work by those values in the daily activities of the business.
Business that make a commitment in their work environment to behave in a socially responsible manner and commit to ethical behavior are not only doing the right thing, they are also doing good business. While many businesses have codes of ethics, the words written in a formal code are valuable only if their intent is reflected in the actions of the people who represent the organization.
6 Secrets of the Best Places to Work
Thousands of employees have been polled over the years to determine what they find most important and enjoyable about their work environment and what makes a company one of the best places to work. Over and over, the same six ingredients are mentioned.
- Challenge. The more challenges people experience in their work environment, the more engaged they will be and the more positive they will feel about themselves. When the job is challenging, people are busy and active all day, working harder and enjoying it more.
- Freedom. The more freedom people feel in their work environment, they have the ability to get the job done on their own schedule and in their own way, the better they feel about themselves and their work.
- Control. This factor is characterized by remaining interested and involved in the job of the subordinate. You consistently check to see how everything is going. You set regular times for review and feedback. The more sincere feedback people get on their work, the more they feel that you care about them and what they are doing.
- Respect. The more you respect the employee, by asking questions, listening, and taking action on his or her ideas, the more valued and important the employee feels.
- Success experiences. Give people jobs that they can perform successfully at their levels of experience and skill. The more opportunities they have in their work environment to actually succeed by being given jobs that are within their capabilities, the more they feel like winners and the higher will be their self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Positive expectations. Nothing boosts self-esteem and improves performance more than when individuals feel that a boss believes they have the capacity to do the job well.
When someone joins a company that is considered one of the best places to work, it is known for its values, business ethics, positive work environment and its commitment to quality. The new employee often begins to take on the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes of the new organization and becomes a higher-performing person as a result. When a person is in a positive work environment with strong business ethics, he or she tends to become a high performer.
Create a Positive Work Environment that Builds Self-Esteem
An essential key to becoming one of the best places to work and to motivating your staff is to show them that you care about them and their future. Invest in training for your employees to become more valuable and important to both the company and to themselves.
The more you invest in them, the happier they will be, the better work they will do, the more they will cooperate with each other, the more creative they will become, and the more positive a work environment you will have.
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