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Why Work Environment is the Key to your Business’s Success

Why Work Environment is the Key to your Business’s Success

A working environment comes in all natures and dimensions, and it differs from employer to employer, industry to industry. An attractive workplace culture doesn’t exist by chance; neither can it be forcefully implemented. For some, it takes the extraordinary effort of a great leader; for others, it’s more of an organized thing that implicates planning and vigilant cultivation. Many studies suggest that the most dedicated employees, who demonstrate their commitment to their employers and who lead the organization forward, are more productive and create higher customer satisfaction.

A strong teamwork requires a supportive work environment in which everyone works well together and truly values one another. A supportive culture of a company is vital to finding new answers to business challenges and new opportunities from unique insights.

If you’re on the journey of building a great work environment, here are some common features of successful workplace cultures. Find out how you can leverage the company’s work environment for business success.

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1. A strong culture benefits companies to retain employees.

When employee retention is low, the organization faces an expensive intellectual and monetary loss. Many studies suggest that building a healthier work environment—where, employees trust the organization, feel pride in their work, and enjoy the atmosphere and the people they work with—increases employee retention, devotion and efficiency.

Studies also illustrate that employees will stick around if there is a room for advancement and growth. No one wants to feel stuck or trapped.  Be sure to set some free time for them to do continuing education about hard skills and softer skills. Reward them either by promotion or pay raise.

2. A great workplace culture reinforces the company’s brand.

A great working environment is likely to remuneration when employees become brand ambassadors of the company. Employees who work in friendly and flexible environments are more likely to talk about their companies on social media, and are more likely to express pride in their organizations.

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3. A great work environment can lower absenteeism.

Many managers are finding that a flexible and healthier work environment significantly cuts down absenteeism in the company—if it’s executed properly. Flexible work environments help employees to work from home. If appropriate accountability systems are in place, a flexible work environment has the potential to be more favorable, not only for the whole profitability of the business, but for the better customer service as well.

4. The work environment can impressively influence employee morale.

Studies have shown that employee morale is directly tied to the workplace environment—the more stressed and dissatisfied employees are at the workplace, the more productivity will drop. In contrast, a happy employee means fruitful output in a healthy and productive work environment.

5. A strong work environment can be leveraged to execute strategy.

A company with a strong work environment possesses shared values, and it can execute strategies in a better way, by giving guidelines to the employees, to achieve shared company goals. As a result of this, employees across the company are aligned properly with the company’s motto.

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Strategically you will have to plan creative assignments for the employees. Assign them projects that they are passionate about.  Communicate to them that you need to add value to the company and give them time to be innovative and manage the projects.

6. A strong work environment can improve job performance.

A company must identify what actually motivates, provokes and engages associates at work. People lean towards more productivity when they are in an environment that makes them feel valued and gives them a sense of ownership, where they are rewarded for their hard work. You must compensate your employees as generously as you can.  If you can give yourself the salary that can get you a private jet, the employee’s salary should be adequate for them to make ends meet.

 

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Employers are not able to do all these overnight; it will require a little extra time to implement the strategies.  Communicate to your employees about your vision, values and goals.  With the alarming rate by U.S. Department of labor Bureau of Labor statistic that more than 2 million Americans are voluntarily leaving their jobs, it is in fact the time for a game change to turn the ramp around.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

Congratulations, you’re starting a new job! You’re feeling relieved that the interviews and the wait for a decision from the hiring manager is over, and you’ve finally signed the offer.

Feelings of fear and anticipation may surface now as you think about starting work on Monday. Or you may feel really confident if you have plenty of work experience.

Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones. It’s very common for seasoned professionals to overestimate themselves due to the breadth of their experience.

Companies offer different depths of on-boarding experiences.[1] Ultimately, success in your career depends on you.

Below are 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career.

1. Your Work Starts Before Your First Day

When you prepared for your interview, you likely did some research about the company. Now it’s time to go more in depth.

  • How would your manager like you to prepare for your first day? What are his/her expectations?
  • What other information can your manager provide so that you can start learning more about the role or company?
  • What company policies or reports can you review that can get you acclimatized to your new job and work environment?

You’ll need to embrace a lot of new people and information when you start your new job. What you learn before your first day at work can help you feel more grounded and prepare your mind to process new information.

2. Know Your Role and the Organization

Review the job posting and know your responsibilities. Sometimes, job postings are simplified versions of the job description. Ask your manager or human resources if there is a detailed job description of your role.

Once you understand your key responsibilities and accountabilities, ask yourself:

  • What questions do you have about the role?
  • What information do you need to do your job effectively?
  • Who do you need to meet and start building relationships with?

Continue to increase your knowledge and do your research through the company Intranet site, organizational charts, the media, LinkedIn profiles, the industry and who your company competitors are.

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This is not a one time event. Continue to do this throughout your time with the company. Every team or project you engage with will evolve and change.

Keep current and be ready to adapt by using your observational skills to be aware of changes to your work environment and people’s behaviour.

3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work

Understanding your work culture is key to help you succeed in your career.

Many of these unwritten rules will not be listed on company policies. This means you’ll need to use all of your senses to observe the environment and the people within it.

What should you wear? See what your peers and leaders are wearing. Notice everything from their jewelry down to their shoes. Once you have a good idea of the dress code you can then infuse your own style.

What are your hours of work? What do you notice about start, break and end times? Are your observations different from what you learned at the interview? What questions do you have based on your observations? Asking for clarity will help you make informed decisions and thrive in a new work setting.

What are the main communication channels?[2] What communication mediums do people use (phone, email, in-person, video)? Does the medium change in different work situations? What is your manager’s communication style and preference? These observations will help you better navigate your work environment and thrive in the workplace.

4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions

You got the job, you’re feeling confident and are eager to show how you can contribute. Check the type of language you are using when you’re approaching your work and sharing your experiences.

I’ve heard many new employees say:

  • “I used to do this at ‘X’ company …”
  • “When I worked at “X” company we implemented this really effective process …”
  • “We did this at my other company … how come you guys are not …”
  • “Why are you doing that … we used to do this …”

People usually don’t want to hear about your past company. The experiences that you had in the past are different in this new environment.

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Remember to:

  • Notice your assumptions
  • Focus on your own work
  • Ask questions, and
  • Learn more about the situation before offering suggestions.

You can then better position yourself as a trusted resource that makes informed decisions tailored to business needs.

5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification

Contrary to common belief, asking questions when you’re starting a new job is not a vulnerability.

Asking relevant questions related to your job and the company:

  • Helps you clarify expectations
  • Shows that you’ve done your research
  • Demonstrates your initiative to learn

Seeking to clarify and understand your environment and the people within it will help you become more effective at your job.

6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand

Starting a new job is the perfect time to set clear expectations with your manager and colleagues. Your actions and behaviors at work tells others about your work style and how you like to operate. So it’s essential to get clear on what feels natural to you at work and ensure that your own values are aligned with your work actions.

Here are a few questions to reflect on so that you can clearly articulate your intentions and follow through with consistent actions:

Where do you need to set expectations? Reflect on lessons learned from your previous work experiences. What types of expectations do you need to set so that you can succeed?

Why are you setting these expectations? You’ll likely need to provide context and justify why you’re setting these boundaries. Are your expectations reasonable? What are the impacts on the business?

What are your values? If you value work life balance, but you’re answering emails on weekends and during your vacation time, people will continue to expect this from you. What boundaries do you need to set for yourself at work?

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What do you want to be known for? This question requires some deep reflection. Do you want to be known as a leader who develops and empowers others? Maybe you want to be known for someone who creates an environment of respect where everyone can openly share ideas. Or maybe you want to be someone who challenges people to get outside their comfort zones?

7. Manage Up, Down, and Across

Understanding the work styles of those around you is key to a successful career. Particularly how you communicate and interact with your immediate manager.

Here are a few key questions to consider:

  • How can you make your manager’s job easier?
  • What can you do to anticipate her/his needs?
  • How can you keep them informed (and prepared) so they don’t get caught off-guard?
  • What are your strengths? How can you communicate these to him/her so that they fully understand your capabilities?

These questions can also apply if you manage a team or if you deal with multiple stakeholders.

8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company

It’s important to keep learning from diverse groups and individuals within the company. You’ll get different perspectives about the organization and others may be able to help you succeed in your role.

What types of relationships do you need to build? Why are you building this relationship?

Here are some examples of workplace relationships:

  • Immediate Manager. He/she controls your work assignments. The work can shape the success of your career.
  • Mentors. These are people who are knowledgeable about their field and the company. They are willing to share their experiences with you to help you navigate the workplace and even your career.
  • Direct Reports. Your staff can influence how successful you are at meeting your goals.
  • Mentees. They are another resource to help you keep informed about the organization and your opportunity to develop others.

Other workplace relationships include team members, stakeholders, or strategic partners/sponsors that will advocate for your work.

Learn more in this article: 10 Ways to Build Positive And Effective Work Relationships

9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

You are part of an ecosystem that has gotten you to where you are today. Every single person and each moment that you have encountered with someone has shaped who you are – both positive and negative.

Here’s How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

Make sure you continue to nurture the relationships that you value and show gratitude to those who have helped you achieve your goals.

Summing It Up

There are many aspects of your career that you are in control of. Observe, listen, and make informed decisions. Career success depends on your actions.

Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones.

Here are the 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career:

  1. Your Work Starts Before Your 1st Day
  2. Know Your Role and the Organization
  3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work
  4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions
  5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification
  6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand
  7. Manage Up, Down, and Across
  8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company
  9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

Celebrate, enjoy your new role, and take good care of yourself!

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