The Orange County Register has just issued a Top Workplaces section honoring those large, midsize and small companies that were selected by their own employees as good places to work. While no nonprofits were included in this issue the underlying principals are the same in any organization.
We all know pay and compensation are important but it turns out to be the lowest rated factor in determining why people voted for their firms as a top place to work. In an extensive survey employees listed the following four items as reasons they liked where they were:
“I feel genuinely appreciated at this company (67%)
“I believe this company is going in the right direction” (66%)
“I have confidence in the leader of this company” (66%)
“I am confident in my future at this company” (63%)
Other top characteristics of a good place to work include doing things efficiently and well, having strong values and ethics and having a manager that helps the employee to learn and grow.
Finding and keeping good employees can be a challenge but providing the right leadership will make the task easier. The ability to develop a personal relationship with your employees goes a long way in providing a good atmosphere in your work place. Be available to them. Adopting a “walk around” management style is a good way to do this. You will learn a lot about them and they in turn about you.
Another tip: Have FUN. Creating the right light atmosphere will decrease stress and increase employee productivity.