Any company can be a Best Place to Work

Trust between managers and employees is the primary defining characteristic of the very best workplaces. At the heart of our definition of a best place to work – a place where employees “trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with” – is the idea that a great workplace is measured by the quality of the three, interconnected relationships that exist there:

  1. The relationship between employees and management.
  2. The relationship between employees and their jobs/company.
  3. The relationship between employees and other employees.

 

Key Elements

Credibility

  • Communications are open and accessible
  • Competence in coordinating human and material resources
  • Integrity in carrying out vision with consistency

Respect

  • Supporting professional development and showing appreciation
  • Collaboration with employees on relevant decisions
  • Caring for employees as individuals with personal lives

Fairness

  • Equity – balanced treatment for all in terms of rewards
  • Impartiality – absence of favoritism in hiring and promotions
  • Justice – lack of discrimination and process for appeals

Pride

  • In personal job, individual contributions
  • In work produced by one’s team or work group
  • In the organization’s products and standing in the community

Camaraderie

  • Ability to be oneself
  • Socially friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Sense of “family” or “team”
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