A positive work culture relies on a core tenet that workers are the most important single asset of any company. Work situations can quickly turn toxic when the stated, or unstated, expectation is that each team member must go one better with each project. If a worker is only as good as his last triumph, it won’t be long before he will be looking over his shoulder, wondering who is gaining on him. This defeats the point of working together to build a strong company.
Fortune magazine has once again compiled its list of the ten best companies from the workers point of view. This 2014 roundup is a mix of high-tech, consulting, financial and construction businesses from around the United States. A brief synopsis of each company follows:
This internet behemoth, based in Mountain View, California but with a global reach, has a reputation for philanthropy. It’s stock stays strong, and the company has over a 20% job growth rate.
It is known for its amenities including fitness centers and cafes on campus.
When summer comes around, it’s time for employees to joyfully make travel plans. For supervisors, it’s time to pull out their hair and clench their teeth.
Everyone agrees that vacations are essential for healthy, happy workers. Annual rest and rejuvenation also make for a more efficient worker.
But covering a staff member’s duties and keeping the workload moving smoothly can be difficult. Planning around employee vacations is an art form. Without proper preparation and guidelines, a rest period for one member of the staff can easily become a stress-filled week or two for his colleagues.
You can reduce the tension and keep the work flow humming by instituting a vacation policy. Three basic practices will reduce stress for those covering and reduce frustration for those trying to get certain dates off.
Do you want to
• increase job satisfaction?
• improve morale at all levels?
• reduce turnover among your staff?
An Employee of the Month program, well planned and carried out, can contribute substantially to all three. For companies all over the country, it is an effective motivator for the workforce.
Here are six basic steps that will result in a workable, beneficial program, all aspects of sound planning, good communication, open involvement of staff at every level, and lots of publicity for the program and the winners.
Zappos, the profitable company providing online shoppers with footwear and more, is a well run business you can learn from.
The proof it’s well run?
• It makes money. Lots of it.
• Staff enjoy the atmosphere.
• At all levels, employees talk about the camaraderie.
• Buyers love the customer service and keep coming back.