Have you ever thought about what your perfect workplace would be? Imagine it. You walk in the front door every morning and are greeted by smiles that make you feel like you matter. What a great way to start the day!
As you settle into your work space, you realize how fortunate you are that you are encouraged to make that space feel like your own. That’s why you have some plants and pictures of your goofy dog or smiling kids on display.
You think back to last week’s monthly check-in with your manager, where you discussed status on your projects and annual goals. Together, you made a few adjustments that are really going to move a couple of projects forward. You also talked about needing some flexibility because of family issues … and your manager instantly agreed, underscoring the value the company places on family and on work/life balance. You also talked briefly about the seminar you attended last week (thank goodness, this company understands the need for professional development).
Looking forward to the day, you go over the agendas that were sent out for two meetings you have to attend today. Seeing an issue that could become problematic, you reach out to a colleague and talk about how the two of you together could smooth the waters on that topic. You also make a quick call to your mentor to be sure that you aren’t missing anything in your approach.
Once you are in that meeting, you participate in open, honest conversations about each item. Everyone shares thoughts and suggestions. What you realize is how remarkable it is that everyone is looking for the best team solution, not something to move their own agendas forward. So very different from your last workplace.
Here, you have that feeling of being trusted. You know that all up and down the line, everyone is held accountable, and that makes a huge difference. You know exactly where you fit into the company’s mission and how what you do helps make the company successful. Yep, it’s a great place to work.
As you read this account, how many of the points in this person’s account made you say, “Yep, that’s how we do it”? Were there ones that made you say, “I wish my company did that.? Or even, “That’s not like the real world”?
This is an ideal. Within this vision are tenets for engaging your workforce. And of course, the closer your company is to the ideal, the stronger their business base will be. Happy, engaged workers are exceptionally productive, create highly satisfied customers, and come to work with a sense of purpose. Maybe here, you saw some changes that you can make today to create a more ideal workplace for the employees at your company.