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8 Companies With Best Cultures That You May Want To Join

8 Companies With Best Cultures That You May Want To Join

Gone are the days when a great job was all about its paycheck and bonuses. In an age where mission statement is very important to the long term goals of any company, attracting and satisfying top talent requires having core values that employees will want to be a part of.

A company that can mix work and fun to make the employee less stressed and purposeful will surely be a place that will attract top talent. According to employees, these companies have the best cultures to attract top talent.

Twitter

What makes their company culture great?

Free meals at their headquarters in San Francisco, for some unlimited vacations, and there are also yoga classes available for employees. Although these sorts of perks are popular in the tech world, when you are sharing such experience with other really smart people then there is something interesting about that.

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Rooftop meetings and a team-oriented environment, you certainly would expect workers to tell you that being part of such a company is much about doing something that is relevant in the world. Such pushes employees to give their all at this company.

Apple

What makes their company culture great?

They want to make the world a better place. They are inventors. They are creators and they are not settling for being average but becoming the best they can be. Everything they do is geared at one common goal – making the best products for their consumers. And if that means trying and making several attempts at upgrading what already is, then there is a sustainable reason for their employees to love this company.

Chevron

What makes their company culture great?

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Well, oil companies may be targets for negative PR, but not Chevron. In fact many employees of this company value their employer. Why? Chevron shows it cares for its employees by providing them with health and fitness centers on site. Chevron gives its employees the needed regular breaks they deserve. That also includes offering other health oriented programs such as training and massages to its employees.

Facebook

What makes their company culture great?

They have a beautifully inspired campus where all the shops and stores are free and loaded with lots of food. Even at a time when there is serious competition in the tech industry, Facebook can provide an environment where employees can collaborate and solve big problems together.

Facebook is a company geared at improving the employee experience with its outdoor roaming space and a flat organizational culture that makes you feel equal even with your own boss.

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Edelman

What makes their company culture so great?

This public relation outfit is a place where the employee is valued and acknowledged for the effort they make. You cannot lose your identity here because you are encouraged to the opportunities they provide. They do want you to enjoy yourself while you work and reach your goals within the company.

Wegmans

What makes their company culture so great?

They have a scholarship program which has awarded over 26, 500 employees scholarships since its inception in 1984. They are focused on you attaining your goals personally and with the company. Such value of giving back to their employees is something that makes every employee feel appreciated.

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Google

What makes their company culture so great?

They offer free meals, financial bonuses, a dog friendly environment, employee parties and retreats. Altogether the company is focused on luring the best talents with so much perks and incentives that it is impossible not to want to be part of this corporations goals and mission.

Walt Disney

What makes their company culture so great?

Regarded as one of the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine, Walt Disney is a traditional entertainment company that is built on pride and culture. It also has a remarkable heritage and a creative atmosphere for its employees to tap into.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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