Have you read stories about how newer companies are changing the way we view workplace cultures? You know, there is the company with a built in slide to get from floor to floor or the companies that provide free food to employees.
Don’t even get me started about all of the awesome benefits companies like Google and Facebook offer to employees (free food, free gym, and free car washes just to name a few).
If you’re reading this article from your dull boxed in cubicle while sitting in a 10 year old office chair drinking crappy instant coffee, then there’s a good chance you envy the way many newer companies are transforming the workplace.
On the other side, if you’re lucky enough to be reading this from a bright, vibrant office in the lounge room while drinking a delicious organic tea, then there’s a good chance that your friends are completely envious of your workplace.
Not sure where you stand? Here are 10 reasons why your friends should be jealous of your workplace culture.
1. Your company has low turnover.
At a time when more and more millennials are job hopping and rarely stay in one position for more than a couple of years, having a low turnover rate is something to be admired.
If your entry to mid-level employees are sticking around long term, there’s something keeping them there aside from just a paycheck. More than likely, it’s because they genuinely enjoy where they work.
2. People are always looking to join your team.
There are certain companies that have such a strong reputation of having a great workplace that people anxiously wait for a vacancy to open up so they can swoop in.
I hate to bring it up again (not really), but think about Google, Facebook, or Zappos. These are all companies that have received a great deal of attention not just for their economic success, but for their workplace culture.
If your company is known for being a great place to work, then people will want to work there.
3. The chain of command is a little more flat.
Have you ever worked at a job where you had 10 different bosses above you? A lot of older companies are setup with this more “traditional” hierarchy structure, but modern companies are proving that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Having a workplace where there aren’t 20 VP’s makes it easier for good ideas to be heard, and also gets rid of the whole “us against them” attitude that can ruin a workplace.
4. People don’t have a case of the “Mondays”.
Let’s be honest. If you absolutely dread Sunday evenings because you know you have to go to work on Monday, that’s a problem.
Unfortunately, so few people get to experience working for a great company with a fun and exciting work culture that the “Mondays” has become way too common. Modern workplace cultures have managed to blur the line between work and fun.
5. Employees fight for the company.
Most companies have some sort of mission, goal, or company philosophy. What happens at a lot of traditional minded companies is that the CEO and company spokespeople push the mission, but the lower level employees couldn’t care less about it.
Heck, most of the employees probably don’t even know what the mission is at all. But employees at forward thinking businesses feel like they are a real part of the company and work harder to make it a success.
6. Your company fights for employees.
At the same time, the company is willing to go to bat for their employees.
Whether it’s helping someone get through school, making it easy for parents to tend to their kids when necessary, or other gestures that aren’t necessarily required but are very valued, it shows that the company cares about, and believes in their team, and that’s what people want to be a part of.
7. Nobody’s walking on eggshells.
There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at work. You don’t want to say the wrong thing to one of the big wigs, or you feel you have to hold your tongue in certain situations.
Not only is that type of workplace cold and uninviting, but it also leads to a lot of missed opportunities because people are afraid to voice their opinions.
8. Innovation is a priority.
If your company has been doing everything the same way for fifty years with no signs of changing, then your friends probably aren’t too jealous of the culture at your workplace.
Rules are great and can add some structure, but there should always be room for new ideas and change.
With a lot of newer companies, innovation is being made a top priority. If you think of a better way of doing things, you’re able to voice it and actually be rewarded for pushing the envelope.
9. Your colleagues are happy.
Take a look around your office. Does everyone have a look of gloom and despair on their face? Is the overall team morale just kind of “meh?” In a strong workplace, you’ll notice that people are smiling and seem excited and happy.
10. The workplace is fun and stimulating.
I’m not sure what it was about creating offices and workplaces in the 90’s, 80’s and years prior, but a lot of them feel dark and dreary. Thankfully, more and more companies are realizing the effect that the environment has on employee satisfaction.
Twenty years ago, the thought of having an entire game room in the office would have sounded crazy. But today, I’m happy to see that it’s becoming more of the norm.
There’s no way to avoid the fact that the way workplaces are run is changing. Companies that are stuck in the past and placing the satisfaction of stockholders above the satisfaction of employees are going to be in for a rude awakening when they realize the top candidates don’t want to work for them.
It’s an exciting time for businesses, and if you don’t feel excited and energized to go to work, then hopefully this article will somehow find it’s way to your boss.
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