What Makes a Great Place to Work?

What Makes a Great Place to Work? November 3, 2011

A recent article in USA Today asks and then answers the question: What makes a place to work a great place to work?

Microsoft ranks #1 on the list of great places to work.

The answer to this question comes from aptly named institute, The Great Place to Work Institute.This institute has identified three crucial factors that make a workplace great:

Firms that rank high on the consulting and research group’s lists of great employers have three traits in common, he says: employee trust in management, pride in the company and camaraderie with colleagues. [my emphasis]

“At the best companies, even the lowest-level employees know they are part of the team,” Tolovi says. “They know that they have a common goal.”

But what about pay? Isn’t this a factor in the greatness of the workplace? Yes, it is, to a point, says one researcher:

“If pay is way out of line (with industry norms), it can be de-motivating,” he says. “But pay really hasn’t been a big driver of employee motivation.”

In fact:

“Most workers say that being treated with respect is most important, followed by work/life balance, type of work, quality of co-workers and quality of leadership. For U.S. respondents, pay ranks below all of those items.”

So what about your workplace? What makes it good to work there? What drives you crazy? What can you do to make your workplace a more positive environment?

"I wonder what the author thinks now."

Sexual Harassment – Why It’s Wrong ..."
"Assuming Jesus was a carpenter, I would assume He made whatever was ordered by customers.I ..."

How Can I Really Love My ..."
"Agreed. I doubt Jesus meant this. But do you not think creating beauty for others ..."

How Can I Really Love My ..."
"I doubt when Jesus told us to 'love your neighbour as yourself' He was thinking ..."

How Can I Really Love My ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Thanks Mark! As a Small Business owner, I hope to follow these things, in addition to run a christ pleasing business, so that I may have happy employees (when I finally hire some!)!

  • Anonymous

    Type your reply…

  • Anonymous

    Amen! What are you up to these days, Ryan?