It takes a conscious effort to build and maintain a workplace where every employee feels like a star. Pay, benefits and perks are only part of what employees are looking for. The foundation of a great workplace lies in a culture of trust and engagement that unites management and the workforce with a common vision.
What makes a culture great? A number of organizations have compiled a list of exceptional employers, and there was an obvious, common theme with their approaches. Key among them were trust and engagement.
As with any relationship, trust goes both ways. Employees need to trust in their leaders to make the right decisions for the company, including for its people, while leaders need to trust employees to put the company’s needs first as they interact with customers, vendors and partners.
Concepts like trust and engagement may sound touchy-feely, but they contribute to tangible results. Engaged employees are more likely to be better performers.
What are characteristics of a great workplace?
Here at BBRS, I think we have a good work culture. While there is always room for improvement, our leaders trust their employees to be advocates for the company and our employees trust our leaders to grow the company while also watching out for its people. BBRS is constantly looking for efficiencies and seeking employee’s assistance finding them. We also do surveys to seek feedback and that only works if you’re honest and participate. Lastly, just remember, it takes all of us to make a great work place.
Source: HR Magazine, June 2015.