Most of our time is spent at our work, be it in the office or even at home. Feeling tired, frustrated or overwhelmed by work is common, but can it be mitigated if we work in the best place in the world?
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, in 2013, published an article sharing managers responses to the question “How to create the best workplace in the world?”. The responses were unanimous: individual differences are cultivated; information is not hidden or spun; the company contributes value to its people rather than extracting it; the organization stands for something significant; the work is genuinely satisfying; and no foolish regulations exist.
Despite the fact that these traits appear to be self-evident, few businesses exhibit all six of them. Some are incompatible with one another, and others are difficult, expensive, or time-consuming to implement. Almost all of them necessitate careful balancing of competing interests and a rethinking of how time and attention are allocated.
Furthermore, one can assume that a competitive pay goes beyond to fully satisfy an individual at their job. However, a job that promotes a good work/life balance is really important as well. In fact, the regular full-time employee will work for more than a third of their life. That is a total of nearly 90,000 hours. As a result, it is understandable that employees are as anxious about their work/life balance as they are about their income.
Likewise, employees place a high value on being recognized for their achievements. Most employees want to know that the time and effort they’ve put in, means something at the end of a long workday. For this, proper communication and feedback is required. Actually, companies ought to maintain the same level of transparency and honesty with their workers. Employees frequently believe they do not receive enough feedback or that the input they do receive is not helpful. Thus, companies and organizations should set clear expectations and let their employees know they are encouraged to ask for help or to give feedback themselves.
To sum up, people like to work at a place that matches their ideals and encourages them to put in the work. It is the role of business owners to ensure that everyone knows how they add to the organization’s goal and to provide them reasons to feel good about coming to work every day, aside from their income.
When every mentioned aspect is fulfilled by your organization/company, that’s when you know you work in the perfect workplace.
- Perisho, A. (2019). 10 Things That Make Up an Ideal Work Environment. Retrieved March 28, 2022, from Surepayroll.com website: https://www.surepayroll.com/resources/blog/10-things-make-ideal-workplace
- The Perfect Place to Work. (2013, June 21). Retrieved March 28, 2022, from Harvard Business Review website: https://hbr.org/2013/06/the-perfect-place-to-work