Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not merely survive, but to thrive. To be truly effective, a workplace—its design, practices and policies—must benefit both the organization and its employees. Since 2002, Families and Work Institute (FWI) has engaged in a research journey to define the elements that make up effective workplaces. FWI’s National Study of the Changing Workforce data has revealed six criteria of effective workplaces, all of which benefit both the employee and the organization.
A job where the meaning and importance of the work is clear; that encourages learning and creativity; and has enough task variety to keep you interested.
A workplace culture where supervisors are trustworthy, ethical, and seek your input to improve performance.
Having the support, schedule and flexibility you need at work in order to effectively manage your work and personal/family responsibilities.
Supervisors who provide you with honest and relevant information needed to do your job well and who recognize you when you a job is well done.
Having reasonable benefits and earnings for your job and adequate opportunities for advancement.
The ability to decide or have input into what your job entails, how it is done, and to be true to yourself while doing it.