What is an Effective Workplace?

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.

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Since 2002, Families and Work Institute has engaged in a research journey to define the elements that make up effective workplaces. Based on our National Study of the Changing Workforce data, we have identified six criteria of effective workplaces, all of which benefit both the employee and the organization.

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  • Work-Life Fit
    Having the support, schedule and flexibility
    you need at work in order to effectively
    manage your work and personal/family
    responsibilities.
  • Supervisor Support for Work Success
    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.
  • Culture of Trust
    A workplace culture where supervisors are
    trustworthy, ethical, and seek your input to
    improve performance.
  • Satisfaction with Earnings, Benefits and
    Opportunities for Advancement
    Having reasonable benefits and earnings for
    your job and adequate opportunities for
    advancement.
  • Opportunities for Learning
    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.
  • Autonomy
    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.

 

In order to #ReinventWork, which has become Families and Work Institute’s mantra, these six criteria should become part of how the workforce and the workspace are managed and structured.

The workforce has more control over their work and working hours, gets more support from managers, feels they can give and get more honest feedback, and achieve economic security.

The workspace allows for more group interaction, at varying seniority levels, develops more trust via open spaces, knocks down walls between leadership and the rank and file, and becomes more adaptable to encourage more remote/flexible work.

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