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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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After a Hard Day’s Work – Go Home Feeling Rejuvenated

The other day, I was chatting with a business associate, and he started talking about his daughter’s internship and how much she was enjoying her job. The company she works for (Happy Melly) helps businesses find happiness in the workplace. I later went to their website, read some of their blogs and listened to a few podcasts. What an interesting concept!

Employers and employees are so caught up in getting the job done, that they lose focus on what is important – enjoying life. Happy Melly shares stories of how people are becoming happier, more engaged and more productive at work.

Here are some thoughts I had that can be shared with all employees in the workplace:

  • Start of the workday quote
  • Mid-day daily joke
  • Half time intermission – e.g. Play some interactive music or play games such as ping pong, air hockey etc.
  • The 7th inning stretch – e.g. Step away from your office for a late afternoon back stretch

Some phrases from Happy Melly’s podcast:

  • Philosophy and leadership are deeply rooted
  • New ways of approaching business are emerging
  • Working together, we can grow both our collective business objective and our individual ones
  • Work at play and play at work
  • The human project is about making businesses more human
  • We are getting serious about happiness
  • Loving your job becomes the new standard and not the exception

Most mission statements are used to communicate the purpose of an organization. I think every organization should have a mission statement with an ending sentence that also includes achieving happiness for all staff.

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