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What Makes a Company ‘Good’?

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This topic may interest you because you are either:

  • Looking to justify your dislike of your current employer with thoughts of:
    • My company is not like this, that must be why I hate going to work
    • This must be why I feel so depressed working here
  • Looking to justify your affection for your current employer with thoughts of:
    • My company is like this, no wonder I enjoy going to work in the morning
    • This must be why I like working here
  • A family member of mine or enjoy reading my blogs

No matter why you are reading this, I appreciate it and thank you!

While talking with others, I constantly hear complaints about the companies they work for. They range from the employer only caring about stats or numbers to managers micromanaging staff. What I do not hear very often are people praising their employer. Why is that?

Many people read about companies like Google who have a fantastic working culture and really look after their staff and then compare it to their employment situation. Maybe it is unfair because Google is such a large and prosperous company, but would it be that difficult for businesses to duplicate some of those philosophies in a smaller capacity?

So what makes a company good? The answer will be different for each person reading this but there are certain things that most admired companies have in common, and the majority of it revolves around their employees.

  • They treat employees like grown-ups
    • They share information with employees, listen to their ideas (or better yet, actively seek out and act upon their ideas) and assume they are responsible enough to manage their own time
  • They treat people fairly
    • They pay people decently and give them excellent benefits including healthcare, paid parental leave
  • They help employees with their careers and understand that not all are built the same
    • They have strong training programs, reimburse tuition for education outside of work, have active, well thought out platforms for mentoring and provide pathways for non-traditional career paths
  • They understand that people have lives outside of work and that these lives might sometimes impinge on (or even take over) their time and attention
    • They realize that allowing for some work-life give and take means not only that they will not waste time and money on unnecessary turnover, but also that they will build loyalty and commitment
  • They see fun, humour, and relaxation as allies not enemies of hard work

A good company is one that works hard to make sure that their employees are a priority. The best way I can sum this up is with the quote below:

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Seminars

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As with most business professionals, I receive several invites for seminars weekly. Unfortunately, I can only make time to attend one workshop per month and need to decide which one. When selecting, I gravitate towards relevance, and if will it help me become a better leader and increase my knowledge base.

Seminars are a great platform to interact with customers, prospects and a wider audience. It gives you an opportunity to step away from your day-to-day challenges and allows for some reflection time. I have attended some excellent informative events where topics such as Duty of Care, Active Shooter Response and Investigations were part of the program.

Panels are a good way to create more interaction with the audience. A question and answer period after each presentation is a must, as without this opportunity people are left with unanswered inquiries. In each seminar, the quality of the message is the most important, not the number of slides. Presenters must be able to convey the message in an enthusiastic way to engage the audience. When they are true experts with a passion for their topic, the audience will be drawn in.

People remember people and will chat during the breaks about what they just learned. Although sometimes seen as less important, the location and set-up are key for a successful event to create the perfect ‘learning environment’.

Overall, attending well-run seminars is a great way to spend your time to keep learning and developing.

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