By: Deji Akingbade
If you wake up dreading the thought of going in to work, it is probably safe to assume that you don’t enjoy the work you do or the environment in which you have to do it. Either scenario can be soul draining. However, since only you can decide what career you are passionate about, we will focus on how to find the best work environment to flourish in.
Your work will take up a good percentage of your life, so it is extremely important that you surround yourself with the right people, positive energy or mindset.
These 7 signs will tell if you are working in an enviable environment or not.
Circular Leadership Is Encouraged
In the past and even true for most companies today, success is too often determined by how fast you are able to move up the corporate ladder of labels and titles.
However, if you find yourself in a company where all employees lead by their inspirations (what they do), not by hierarchies and titles, (who they are) then chances are, you are working in an enviable environment.
In this new age of ideas and technology, most forward thinking companies today have found value in promoting a culture of circular leadership. It is a truly inclusive culture, one that doesn’t limit our actions, talents and passions at work to the definitions and limits of our job titles.
You Would Almost Work For Free
Most organizations falsely believe that their employees are driven solely by money. Yet many professionals would take a pay cut for a job that inspires and motivates them. When you find yourself in an organization you love so much that you would almost work for free, you are in an enviable work environment.
On the flip side, even if you love what you do and where you do it, you must still earn enough to take care and provide for your family.
Good paying work is getting harder to find these days, even as some companies are recording massive profits. Any company that holds the financial welfare of its associates in high regard will most likely have an enviable work environment.
There Is No Micro Managing
No one likes being told what to do. A nagging spouse is bad enough; but having a nagging boss at work can be even more frustrating.
Micro managing implies a lack of trust in your associates, and where there is no trust, there can be no relationship. Companies with great work environments thrive and flourish by trusting their employees to exercise their natural ability to lead.
Communication Is Strong
Like trust, communication is another key ingredient when looking for an enviable work environment. Communication is important in any relationship and this means knowing when to offer praise, coach, discipline or even delegate work. When looking for a good place to work, a clue missed too often by new employees is how well the current associates interact and talk to one another.
It Is A Label/Judgment Free Zone
We all have filters that not only affect the way we think, but also the way we treat other people. In an enviable work environment, all people are truly welcomed, loved, encouraged and accepted regardless of age, race, gender, color, religion or political affiliation.
Your Values Match
Looking for an enviable company to work for is all about comparing values. If you believe in Friday football game or being home every night to tuck your kinds in, yet your company requires you to work weekends and nights; chances are you will not like your work environment.
The workplace should be fun and energetic. These seven signs will most likely be the envy of those who don’t find these scenarios in their workplace. However, with so much of our time spent at work or commuting to work, our life’s happiness can almost be determined by finding the right working environment. If you are currently not in your ideal situation, then you should either change the one you are in or keep looking.